Angelique Kerber out of Wimbledon 2017, loses top ranking
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Angelique Kerber out of Wimbledon 2017, loses top ranking

Angelique Kerber crashed out of Wimbledon 2017 and lost her hold on the World No. 1 ranking as the German was beaten 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 by Spain’s Garbine Muguruza.

tennis Updated: Jul 10, 2017 18:59 IST
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Angelique Kerber’s fourth round exit extended a miserable run for last year’s Wimbledon runner-up, who has failed to make the last eight at any of this year’s three majors.(Getty Images )

Top seed Angelique Kerber was dumped out of the last-16 of Wimbledon by Garbine Muguruza on Monday, as the world number one’s woeful run against top-ranked opposition continued.

Muguruza’s 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory marked the ninth consecutive time Kerber has failed to beat a top-20 opponent. She last achieved that feat in 2016.

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Monday’s match was always destined to be a close affair, pitting 2016 runner-up Kerber against her 2015 equivalent, and so it proved with the pair sharing the first two sets.

There was little to separate the two for much of the decider until Spaniard Muguruza nosed ahead, taking the initiative with the braver hitting as the set progressed.

She earned two match points in the 10th game of the set, which Kerber saved, before sealing it on her third when the German slapped a backhand into the net.

(Read | Johanna Konta swinging freely towards Wimbledon title, says coach)

Muguruza will next face Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova after the seventh seed beat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-4 in their last-16 clash.

Venus cruises

Venus Williams became the oldest woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals in 23 years when the 37-year-old beat Ana Konjuh in the fourth round on Monday.

Williams, the US 10th seed, beat the Croatian 27th seed 6-3, 6-2 on Centre Court, becoming the oldest player to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Martina Navratilova in 1994.

At 19, Konjuh was not even born when five-time champion Williams made her Wimbledon debut in 1997.

Williams faces French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko in Tuesday’s quarter-finals.

First Published: Jul 10, 2017 18:58 IST