Top seed Halep stunned by Hsieh in Wimbledon third round

Top seed Halep stunned by Hsieh in Wimbledon third round

Hsieh's almost two-and-a-half-hour match against Halep on Saturday was one of the most entertaining thrillers of the first week at All England.

(It's worth noting that the diminutive Hsieh served at an average speed of 82 miles per hour.) At the realization she'd won the match, Hsieh let go a scream and then a steady stream of tears.

The 32-year-old Hsieh has progressed to the Wimbledon last-16 for the first time and will meet Dominika Cibulkova, who raced past 15th seed Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-2 6-2.

"I am really enjoying playing tennis".

"She played awesome, I had to run and fight for every point. I was pretty nervous at the beginning especially playing the first match of the day".

The Taiwanese was right about one thing, Halep did indeed fight hard. Two games down in the third set I kept fighting. "This is the first time I have beaten the World No. 1, it is incredible", she said.

Defeat for the French Open champion means only one of the top 10 seeds in the women's singles have reached the last 16 - Czech seventh seed Karolina Pliskova. And just like that the ever-unpredictable women's draw has been thrown open again.

The Taiwanese-Chinese duo saved two of four break points and converted six of 11, winning 60 of the 105 points contested to set up a second-round match against Christina McHale of the U.S. and Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia.

With nine of the top 10 women's seeds eliminated already, Hsieh has a chance to go deep into the tournament. Before her, Wozniacki's star faded after she won the Australian Open crown in January.

World No. 48 Hsieh took just 65 minutes to complete a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Spanish world No. 88 Lara Arruabarrena on Court 17.

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For the first time at Wimbledon, none of the top five women's seeds reached the round of 16.

The way Halep was made to earn her maiden Slam though raised hopes of a more tempered run from her.

The 20-year-old Tiafoe said he started feeling badly late in the third set after taking the opening two against Karen Khachanov of Russian Federation before fading to a 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-1 loss.

At Wimbledon she had been hitting well.

Halep held two break points in the last game, but failed to convert either. I tried to concentrate on my game and it helped a lot. If I didn't fight, I wouldn't have got through. "She deserved to win, but still I'm sad about myself".

Top-seeded Roger Federer and second-seeded Rafael Nadal remain alive on each side of the men's draw, but five of the top 10 seeds there have been eliminated.

German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who nearly quit his second round match through illness, faces Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis.

Getting to the fourth round equals her best run at a major tournament in singles, although she does own two Grand Slam doubles championships. The 2016 champion, she returned to Wimbledon after skipping last year's edition due to pregnancy.

At the start of the year, she flummoxed Spanish big-hitter Garbine Muguruza at the Australian Open and tied former champion Angelique Kerber in knots before running out of gas. The Romanian admitted she could have played much better.

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