Kerber survives Rogers scare, Muguruza ready for week two

Sheri Evans
July 9, 2017

Kerber lost to Serena Williams, absent while she prepares for the birth of her first child, a year ago in the final at Wimbledon but was looking to avoid a repeat her 2015 performance by exiting in the third round this time around.

Kerber, who reached the final past year, again showed signs of the vulnerability that has dogged her game in 2017.

Milos Raonic, the No. 6 seed, recorded 55 winners on his way to a 7-6 (3), 6-4, 7-5 victory over the Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas in the third round match on Court 1. "I have to be aggressive, as well, and trying to (play) my game from the first ball that we hit".

But Kerber, who won the Australian and US Opens previous year, battled back to level the match in a second set tie-break before edging through in the decider.

Again in the third set, Rogers appeared to be in a good position as she recovered from a first-game service break and battled to a 3-2, break-point advantage against Kerber. "Playing her is always very challenging".

Radwanska next faces Russian eighth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova, the 2004 United States and 2009 French Open champion, who cruised through with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog.

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In other fourth-round matches, all on Monday, Radwanska meets two-time major champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, former No. 1 Victoria Azarenka will play second-seeded Simona Halep, sixth-seeded Johanna Konta will face Caroline Garcia, French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko goes against No. 4 Elina Svitolina, No. 5 Caroline Wozniacki plays No. 24 CoCo Vandeweghe, and Magdalena Rybarikova will meet Petra Martic.

Djokovic will next play Latvian Ernests Gulbis, who beat Argentina's Juan Martín del Potro 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3). Radwanska came to the All England Club after battling a foot injury for most of the season. He picked up his 236th win at a major.

There was more drama to follow, Rogers producing a comeback of her own and even threatening to move a break up, but the gutsy Kerber ultimately did just enough to overcome an increasingly erratic rival. Tsonga served first upon resumption of the match, but Querrey immediately broke to seal the victory. He faces South Africa's Kevin Anderson for a quarter-final spot.

Sam Querrey wrapped up the one game he needed to beat Tsonga in a match suspended on Friday due to bad light, while Grigor Dimitrov made it through after opponent Dudi Sela pulled out after going two sets down, a right thigh injury that required treatment during the match.

Dimitrov, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2014, will next face either Federer or Zverev.

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