Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
Sport | By Victor Mcdonald

Former champion Venus crashes out of Wimbledon in third round

Former champion Venus crashes out of Wimbledon in third round

John Isner, the United States ninth seed, saved two match points, fired 64 aces and 88 winners to defeat Belgian qualifier Ruben Bemelmans 6-1, 6-4, 6-7 (6/8), 6-7 (3/7), 7-5.

Serena Williams, the seven-time Wimbledon victor, is seeded 25th after her tentative return from the birth of her first child.

Cilic was runner-up to Roger Federer a year ago and showed great form by beating Novak Djokovic in the Queen's Club final last month.

Venus Williams followed Keys out of the championships, losing to Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens in three sets.

Seven-time champion Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon fourth round on Friday with a 7-5, 7-6 (7/2) win over France's Kristina Mladenovic.

The 17-times Grand Slam champion dug in though and managed to avoid being dragged further into the afternoon, claiming victory when Kukushkin's forehand smacked into the net tape.

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The 34-year-old Kohlschreiber is an accomplished player, having won eight career titles - twice the amount of Anderson - but he has never beaten the South African in matches on the ATP World Tour.

Nadal won only 64 per cent of points on his first serve and faced 13 break points - including three in the first game of the match - but he saved 11 of them and converted five of his own to wrap up the win in under 2 1/2 hours on Centre Court. But he easily held serve in the next game and broke Zeballos again to close out the match. "I don't think I did a good job of keeping in the moment and playing the person who was in front of me". Ekaterina Makarova came out on top of Lucie Safarova 4-6, 6-4, 6-1; while Camila Girogi survived Katerina Siniakova to advance to the Round of 16. "I feel ready to compete".

The 29-year-old Russian needed treatment after securing the decisive break in the final set, but she was able to block out the pain to seal her upset.

On the men's side, Kevin Anderson defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in a tough three sets 6-3, 7-5, 7-5.

The 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced a backhand victor at 4-5, 30-40 in the second set, then won a tiebreaker to force a deciding set.

Serena Williams is back to the Round of 16 for her second consecutive Grand Slam.

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