Wimbledon 2018: Kiki Bertens gets the better of seventh seed Karolina Pliskova in straight sets

Kiki Bertens knocked out a second top-10 seeded player after beating Karolina Pliskova in straight sets in the Wimbledon round of 16 to qualify for the quarter-finals.

Agence France-Presse July 09, 2018 18:14:21 IST
Wimbledon 2018: Kiki Bertens gets the better of seventh seed Karolina Pliskova in straight sets

London: Kiki Bertens knocked out the last top 10 seed in the women's singles at Wimbledon as the Dutch world number 20 stunned Karolina Pliskova with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) victory in the fourth round on Monday.

Wimbledon 2018 Kiki Bertens gets the better of seventh seed Karolina Pliskova in straight sets

Kiki Bertens knocked out Karolina Pliskova in straight sets. AP

Bertens followed her shock third round success against five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams by claiming the scalp of Czech seventh seed Pliskova. The exit of former world number one Pliskova came after the women's draw was blown wide open by surprise defeats earlier in the tournament for Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens.

Germany's Angelique Kerber, seeded 11th, is the top ranked player remaining, but the title favourite is seven-time champion Serena Williams, seeded 25th after her lengthy maternity leave, and due to face Russian qualifier — and fellow mother — Evgeniya Rodina later on Monday.

Bertens, a French Open semi-finalist in 2016, is into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time. The 26-year-old faces German 13th seed Julia Goerges or Croatian world number 55 Donna Vekic on Tuesday.

Bertens, who was contemplating retirement last year after losing her enthusiasm for the sport, is the first Dutch woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Michaella Krajicek in 2007.

Updated Date:

also read

Alan Moore working on short story collection Illuminations, five-volume fantasy series Long London
Arts & Culture

Alan Moore working on short story collection Illuminations, five-volume fantasy series Long London

Illuminations is scheduled for fall 2022 and the first volume of Long London comes out in 2024.

Chef Clare Smyth reopens restaurant after becoming the first British woman to win three Michelin stars
World

Chef Clare Smyth reopens restaurant after becoming the first British woman to win three Michelin stars

At Smyth's Core the restaurant, in London, the dining room is fully booked until August.

Italian Open: Rafael Nadal, Karolina Pliskova through to final, Novak Djokovic beats Stefanos Tsitsipas
Sports

Italian Open: Rafael Nadal, Karolina Pliskova through to final, Novak Djokovic beats Stefanos Tsitsipas

Playing his 500th clay-court match, Nadal staved off break points in the fourth game of the first set and did not look back to win through in 1hr 32min.