Wimbledon 2018: 11th seed Angelique Kerber gets the better off Belinda Bencic to proceed as top-10 seeds fall
Eleventh seeded Angelique Kerber is now the highest seeded player still left in the women's singles in Wimbledon, with the German winning her match against Belinda Bencic to set up a quarter-final clash against Daria Kasatkina.
London: German 11th seed Angelique Kerber became the highest-ranked player to reach the women’s quarter-finals after she outclassed Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic 6-3 7-6(5) at Wimbledon on Monday.
Over the last week, Kerber has watched all the top 10 seeds perish, which has raised expectations that she could repeat her 2016 run to the final.
On Monday, the twice Grand Slam champion did not let such expectations weigh her down and she set up a last-eight showdown with Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina.
This is the first time since seedings were introduced in 1927 that none of the top eight women has made it through to the Wimbledon quarter-finals.
The 39-year-old eighth seed fell 7-6 (8/6), 7-5 in under just two hours to the 44th-ranked Argentine, a surprise semi-finalist at last year's Roland Garros.
Williams is preparing for the French Open, which starts at the end of the month.
Preparing to return at this week's Italian Open to gear up for Roland Garros later this month, Williams on Monday detailed her recent training regimen.