The women’s top seed Angelique Kerber survived a major scare to reach round four at Wimbledon by seeing off American Shelby Rogers.
The German, who was runner-up to Serena Williams 12 months ago but has been horribly out of form this year, was a set and a break down to the world No70. But Kerber, in danger of losing her No1 ranking at the end of Wimbledon fortnight, turned the match around to run out a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 winner.
Next she will face Garbiñe Muguruza, the 2015 runner-up, who breezed through with victory over Sorana Cirstea. The Spanish 14th seed took just over an hour to record a 6-2, 6-2 win against Romanian Cirstea, who was Bethanie Mattek-Sands’ second-round opponent when the American suffered her horrific knee injury.
“I’m feeling pretty good,” said Muguruza, who was beaten in the 2015 final by Williams. “I felt today I improved my game a bit compared to the previous matches. I’m happy the way I’m playing out there. It’s great to reach the second week. That’s everybody’s goal, to go through the first week, the first matches, then the exciting part comes now in a way.”
A third former finalist, Agnieszka Radwanska, the ninth seed from Poland, also needed three sets to beat Timea Bacsinszky. Switzerland’s Bacsinszky required treatment on a thigh problem prior to the final set, and was evidently struggling as she lost 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.
Coco Vandeweghe, the 24th seed, has yet to drop a set at the championships after beating fellow American Alison Riske 6-2, 6-4 in an hour and 14 minutes.
Seventh seed Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia eased through with a routine 6-4, 6-0 victory over Slovenia’s Polona Hercog. Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova, who knocked out third seed Karolina Pliskova in the second round, dispatched Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-2, 6-1 and Croatian Petra Martic beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-6 (6), 6-1.