Kerber survives another day at Wimbledon

Posted July 09, 2017

Runner-up to Serena Williams past year, Kerber hopes her 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 escape - after trailing by a set and a break against the 70th-ranked Rogers- not only proves a turning point in her campaign, but her entire season.

"It's really nice" Rogers told Live 5 News via Skype after her match.

"I think after the second set I just found my game and I was trying to be more aggressive".

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And the Spaniard is excited to face her German counterpart. "I remember I heard a pop in my leg and everything went slow after that", the American said Saturday from her hospital room in Wimbledon. But somehow the top seed survived into the fourth round, where she will play Garbine Muguruza of Spain in a battle of the last two Wimbledon beaten finalists. "Comparing to the first couple of matches and the last couple of weeks I think this was the most focused I was on the court". "And for the first time in my career to have back-to-back years where I have made the second week is exciting".

American Sam Querrey, seeded No. 24, took only four minutes on court Saturday to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga France 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-5. However, Leander Paes and Yifan Xu, and Zhaoxuan Yang and Divij Sharan lost their first-round matches late on Friday.

"I'm just looking forward for it", said Muguruza, who won the French Open past year.

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"It was for sure a really important win for me today, especially because it was a really up-and-down match", Kerber said.

The 25-year-old Vandeweghe reached the semifinals of the Australian Open, where she lost to runner-up Venus Williams. In the second set, I was starting to feeling the ball better and better.

Dudi Sela of Israel became the ninth men's player to retire from a match at this year's tournament, stopping his third-round match because of a right adductor strain against 13th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria while trailing 6-1, 6-1.

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Wozniacki was another who had to come from behind to get the better of Anett Kontaveit, winning 3-6 7-6 (7-3) 6-2, while Kuznetsova, Magdalena Rybarikova, Coco Vandeweghe and qualifier Petra Martic put on impressive displays to progress in straight sets.