Prefer to be No. 1 than No. 2: Nadal

12 July, 2018, 04:33 | Author: Anita Tucker
  • Spain's Rafael Nadal returns to Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin in their men's singles second round match on the fourth day of the 2018 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon southwest London

The French Open champion took the first set against the world number 48 but ended up on the end of a 6-3 4-6 5-7 defeat.

Gilles Simon, France, def. Matthew Ebden, Australia, 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-3, 7-6 (2).

"I tried to play my game, be aggressive, and enjoy being on Centre Court", the 30-year-old German said.

Halep essentially wilted after leading 5-2 in the third set.

This was the fourth victory against a Top 10 player for Hsieh, 32, although the former women's doubles world number 1 had never before defeated a current singles world number 1.

The teenager fought valiantly for every game and kept Nadal on court for two hours and two minutes but the result always appeared a formality.

It will be Hsieh's first appearance in the last 16 of a Slam where she will face Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia for a place in the quarter-finals.

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Simona Halep of Romania loses a point to Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan during their womens singles match on the sixth day at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, Saturday.

Cibulkova was denied a place on the list of seeds to accommodate Williams, a decision which seems to have motivated the Slovakian, who will now face Hsieh for a place in the quarter-finals.

An emphatic hold pulled the No.1 player from Chinese Taipei level in the set, and that kicked off a run of three straight to her side of the scoreboard to send the match to a final set.

"I just was too negative to myself, talking too much".

In keeping with the theme of the match, Halep twice broke to lead in the decider - the second in a lengthy fourth game that seemingly had decided the fate of the match.

"This is the first time I have beaten the world number one, it is fantastic", the world number 48, who made her Wimbledon debut in 2006, said.

Angelique Kerber, the 11th seed, beat Japan's Naomi Osaka to ensure she made it into week two. I think because I was exhausted, because I'm exhausted, I couldn't stay focussed for every ball.

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"On court, I just try to feel free".

Third seed Muguruza joined second seed Caroline Wozniacki, fourth seed Sloane Stephens, fifth seed Elina Svitolina, sixth seed Caroline Garcia and eighth seed Petra Kvitova on the way out, along with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova. She will also force Halep to step in and dictate, perhaps more than the Romanian is comfortable with.

Next up for the Belgian is 14th seed Daria Kasatkina, after the Russian overcame Ashleigh Barty 7-5 6-3 to reach the last 16 for the first time in her career.

Halep isn't Hsieh's only high-profile victim this year as she defeated Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and former All England Club finalist Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open.

"I mean, I'm not surprised anymore", said 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko, a 6-0, 6-4 victor against Vitalia Diatchenko, who eliminated five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in the first round.

She said: "One is enough".

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