German and World number One, Angelique Kerber survived scare to reach the last 16 of the 2017 Wimbledon.
The top seed needed to come back from a set down to beat American 70th seed, Shelby Rodgers 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 in a thrilling battle on court two in a game spanning two hours and 17 minutes. The American was seeking to reach her first last 16 Wimbledon appearance but was denied by the World number one as she nicked her off in the last 13 minutes of the game.
The 29 year old will face Spaniard Garbine Muguruza on Monday after the Spanish beat Romanian Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-2 in seventy minutes to reach the next stage.
Kerber who have lost form since winning the US Open last year and is sitting 15th in the year-to-date rankings is also set to lose his first spot if she fails to reach the finals at Wimbledon to Simona Halep if she reaches the semis and/or Karolina Pliskova despite Pliskova exiting at the second round.
Muguruza, 23, on the other side is yet to drop a set at the 2017 Wimbledon but is struggling to regain the form that won her the 2016 French Open at Roland Garros. Cirstea provided no stern test to the Spanish as she screwed to the last 16 with ease. she said after the game;
“I felt today I improved my game a bit compared to the previous matches”.
“I’m happy the way I’m playing out there”.
“It’s great to reach the second week. That’s everybody’s goal, to go through the first week, the first matches, then the exciting part comes now in a way”, she continued.
In the other games, Polish Agnieszka Radwanska needed to overcome a shaky start to beat Timea Bacsinszky of Switzerland who struggled with a thigh injury 3-6 6-4 6-1, reaching the last 16 of Wimbledon for the sixth consecutive year.
The last 16 appearance means, Radwanska who is 10th on the WTA Rankings will have to overcome twice Grand Slam winner, Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia who was so exceptional when she met Slovenia’s Polona Hercog beating her 6-4 6-0 in less than an hour.
Coco Vandeweghe of America who is the second player yet to drop a set at the 2017 Wimbledon will also have to do with Dane Caroline Wozniacki after beating her countrywoman Alison Riske 6-2 6-4 on court three. Her next opponent, Wozniacki overcame Anett Kontaveit 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 to reach the last 16.
The last 16 for the 2017 Wimbledon will continue on Monday on court two and three.