Halep blames 'unprofessional' performance for exit

Halep blames 'unprofessional' performance for exit

Taiwanese tennis veteran Hsieh Su-wei (謝淑薇) beat the world No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round of the women's singles at Wimbledon Saturday.

Hsieh, the world No. 48, battled back from 2-5 down in the final set and halted Halep, who served for the match at 5-3 in the decider.

Victory for Hsieh means Karolina Pliskova is the only member of the tournament's top-10 seeds still in the draw at the All England Club.

"I drove the girls insane before because when I practised, in two shots I did a drop shot", 48th-ranked Hsieh, who will face Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova for a place in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, told reporters.

Hsieh thoroughly deserved her win as she booked a last-16 clash with Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova.

The 32-year-old, who recently clinched his eleventh Roland Garros title in Paris, will next face Czech player Jiri Vesely to book his berth in the quarter-final of the Championship.

Two-time champion Rafael Nadal reached the last 16 for the eighth time and made sure of keeping the World No.1 ranking.

"A positive match against a player with a lot of energy, some tough moments", the world No.1 told the BBC.

A lengthy first game in which Halep finally broke when Hsieh sent a forehand long set the tone in the early stages where holding serve proved hard.

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Jelena Ostapenko (12), Latvia, def. Vitalia Diatchenko, Russia, 6-0, 6-4. "I was fighting until the end for every ball".

"This is the first time I have beaten the world number one, it is awesome", said the world number 48 Hsieh after beating world number one Simona Halep. "I would never throw the match".

Zverev, playing for the third day in succession, was shocked by Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis, ranked 138, in a gruelling five sets, 7-6 (7/2), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.

In contrast to her fellow top ten seeds, Halep has been doing things pretty easily so far at this year's Championships.

World No.1 Simona Halep called her own performance "unprofessional" after she crashed out of Wimbledon.

The latest in a string of unseeded players whose stunning Wimbledon upsets are sending Wikipedia servers into overdrive, Hsieh (pronounced "Sh-eh") is virtually unknown to the casual tennis fan.

In that moment, Hsieh thought back to a fourth-round match against Lucie Safarova at Nottingham past year, which she lost in a third-set tiebreak.

With the momentum well and truly on her side, Hsieh broke again when Halep failed to return a big forehand and the Romanian was unable to rescue the situation.

Next up for is Van Uytvanck will be 14th seed Daria Kasatkina, the Russian beating 17th-seeded Australian Ashleigh Barty 7-5 6-3 on Court Three. No. 20 Kiki Bertens; No. 13 Julia Goerges vs. 55th-ranked Donna Vekic, who eliminated 2017 U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round.

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