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Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber, Agnieszka Radwanska survive scare, enter last 16

Top seed Angelique Kerber lived dangerously for more than two hours before finally subduing the tenacious challenge of American outsider Shelby Rogers 4-6 7-6(2) 6-4 to reach the Wimbledon 2017 fourth round. Ninth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska also came back from a set down to beat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

tennis Updated: Jul 08, 2017 23:32 IST
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Angelique Kerber beat Shelby Rogers 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 to enter women’s singles last 16 at Wimbledon 2017.
Angelique Kerber beat Shelby Rogers 4-6, 7-6(2), 6-4 to enter women’s singles last 16 at Wimbledon 2017. (Twitter )

Angelique Kerber was on the brink of losing the world number one ranking on Saturday before the German scraped into the Wimbledon last 16 with a tense 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 victory over Shelby Rogers.

In order to retain top spot in the WTA rankings, Kerber has to return to the Wimbledon final 12 months after losing the title match against Serena Williams.

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The 29-year-old was on the verge of crashing out in the third round after losing the first set and falling a break down in the second against American world number 70 Rogers.

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

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Kerber faces Spanish 14th seed Garbine Muguruza, another former Wimbledon runner-up, for a place in the quarter-finals.

If Kerber, who regained the top ranking from Serena in March, fails to make the final she will surrender pole position to Romania’s Simona Halep or Czech Karolina Pliskova.

Radwanska fights back to beat Bacsinszky

Poland’s ninth-seed Agnieszka Radwanska came back from a set down to beat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky 3-6 6-4 6-1 on Saturday and reach the last 16.

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Radwanksa, beaten finalist in 2012, will face Russian eighth-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round on Monday.

Bacsinszky, mixing up the pace of her shots well to take the first set, had to call a medical time-out at the end of the second set and received heavy strapping on her thigh.

The injury, picked up when sprinting to the net, clearly troubled the Swiss in the third set which Radwanska made short work of.

Wozniacki wins

Former world number one Caroline Wozniacki came within two points of defeat against unseeded Estonian Anett Kontaveit before recovering to win 3-6 7-6(3) 6-2 and reach the fourth round of Wimbledon on Saturday.

The Dane, seeded five, was getting overpowered as she trailed by a set and 3-5 to the powerful Kontaveit but she hung on grimly and turned the match around.

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Kontaveit, one of the most dangerous unseeded players in the women’s draw having won the Den Bosch grasscourt title in the build-up to Wimbledon, served for the match at 5-4 in the second set and was 30-0 ahead in that game.

She missed a routine backhand that would have given her three match points and Wozniacki levelled at 5-5.

World number 38 Kontaveit broke again to lead 6-5 but faltered on serve once more with the winning line so close.

She crumbled in the tiebreak and Wozniacki’s experience paid off in the decider as the Dane moved through to a last-16 clash with hard-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe.