Another day, another upset: No. 1 Halep is out

Florence Fletcher
July 12, 2018

The Taiwanese world number 48's serve was broken seven times and she saved a match point before winning 3-6 6-4 7-5 in two hours and 20 minutes.

Former world No 1 Novak Djokovic stepped up his title bid with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over home favourite Kyle Edmund. "She (Halep) played incredible, I had to run and fight for every point".

"She played wonderful, I had to run and fight for every point".

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.

"I am just trying to focus on myself, every round trying to play better and improve my level, and enjoy the time on and off the court".

Hsieh is set to play the last-16 round against Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, world number 33, who eliminated world number 15 Elise Mertens of Belgium.

The victor faces wither Belgian 15th seed Elise Mertens or Dominika Cibulkova in the fourth round.

The second seed and 11-time French Open champion, who is bidding for an 18th career major, comfortably defeated Australian teenager Alex De Minaur 6-16-2 6-4. "I just want to feel free and enjoy the match", she added, about how she prepared herself for the tie.

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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.

Bencic, now at 56 in the world, next faces two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber who swept past Naomi Osaka of Japan. Cunning drop shots, often played with two hands on the racket, delicate slices and laser-like flat groundstrokes that hugged the turf kept Halep off balance. It's really tough to stay low, to play every ball, to expect actually nothing because you never know where the ball is bouncing and where is coming.

“I mean, Im not surprised anymore, ” said 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko, a 6-0, 6-4 victor against Vitalia Diatchenko, who eliminated five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in the first round. I was too exhausted.

Third seed Muguruza joined second seed Caroline Wozniacki, fourth seed Sloane Stephens, fifth seed Elina Svitolina, sixth seed Caroline Garcia and eighth seed Petra Kvitova on the way out, along with five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova.

"Yes, this is the biggest win of my career and the first over a world No. 1", Hsieh told the BBC. "She deserved to win".

Halep isn't Hsieh's only high-profile victim this year as she defeated Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza and former All England Club finalist Agnieszka Radwanska at the Australian Open.

Hsieh Su-wei's game is so unorthodox she admits that finding practice partners has proved challenging in the past.

And Hsieh's unusual game-plan matched her whimsical personality off the court.

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