WTA Wimbledon: Karolina Pliskova, Svitolina and Yastremska hit last 16


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WTA Wimbledon: Karolina Pliskova, Svitolina and Yastremska hit last 16

World no. 3 Karolina Pliskova is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the second year in a row, overpowering the 28th seed Su-Wei Hsieh 6-3, 2-6, 6-4 in an hour and 46 minutes. The Czech blasted 14 aces and 42 winners overall, adding 22 unforced errors to her tally to leave Hsieh behind in a high-quality contest.

Su-Wei did her best to follow the pace of the better-ranked opponent, landing more than 30 winners and just ten unforced errors, with both players scoring only two breaks each in the entire encounter. Karolina had 11 opportunities to steal the rival's serve and converted only two of those, barely crossing the finish line before her opponent.

Pliskova had the upper hand in the first set, settling into a fine rhythm on serve and breaking Hsieh at 4-3 to forge the crucial difference. Hsieh fended off all five break points in set number two, dominating in the pivotal points and breaking Pliskova in games four and eight for a 6-2 and a massive momentum ahead of the decider.

There, the Czech grabbed a break in game three to move 2-1 in front, repelling a couple of break points in the next game and delivering three thrilling holds in games six, eight and ten to get over the top and enter the last 16.

Shuai Zhang toppled a former world no. 1 Caroline Wozniacki 6-4, 6-2 in 81 minutes, scoring no wins at Wimbledon in the first five trips and reaching the fourth round now. The Chinese had 26 winners and 23 unforced errors, having the upper hand on the court and reducing the Dane to just eight winners, not enough for a more favorable result.

Wozniacki did break three times but her serve was all over the place, suffering six breaks to finish her run in the third round. Everything worked well for the Dane in the first five games, opening a 4-0 lead and creating three break points that could have propelled her closer to the finish line.

Instead of that, Zhang rattled off six games in a row, overcoming the deficit to steal the opener and gain the momentum ahead of set number two where she broke Wozniacki three times to march towards the victory and the second week.

The 8th seed Elina Svitolina fought off a stern challenge from Maria Sakkari, delivering a 6-3, 6-7, 6-2 win for the place in the fourth round for the second time in the last three years. Both players had more unforced errors than winners in a rollercoaster ride, with three breaks for the Greek and seven for the Ukrainian who recovered after a loose second set to earn the spot in the last 16.

From 3-1 down in the opener, Elina took five straight games for a 6-3, breaking Maria three times in a row before the Greek responded at the beginning of the second set, taking 12 of the first 14 points for a 3-0 advantage.

Serving for the set at 5-4, Sakkari suffered a break at love and had to save two match points two games later to reach a tie break that she won 7-1, sending the clash into a decider. There, Svitolina was back at her best, breaking Sakkari in games three and seven, converting the fifth (the seventh overall) match point on serve at 5-2 to advance and stay on the title course.

The young gun Dayana Yastremska is through to the fourth round on Wimbledon debut, beating Viktorija Golubic 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 39 minutes. The Ukrainian was the leading figure on the court with 37 winners and 36 unforced errors, keeping the points on her racquet and saving seven out of ten break points to limit the damage in her games.

On the other hand, she converted five out of 12 break chances, stealing half of the return points to prevail in straight sets, dropping only one set so far this week. The opening set saw seven breaks of serve and Yastremska who trailed 5-2 before producing a comeback with three breaks and two great holds for a 7-5.

The youngster broke again in the fourth game of the second set and that was all she needed to celebrate a win, fending off a break point in games seven and nine and setting the fourth-round clash with Zhang.