Photo: Paul ZimmerAlize Cornet (FRA) and Serena Williams (USA)
On a rain-affected Saturday at Wimbledon, there was one result that stole the headlines and that was the defeat of top seed Serena Williams by Alize Cornet.
The Frenchwoman came back from one set down to vanquish the five-time Wimbledon champion 16 63 64.
“If somebody would have told me a couple years ago that I would be in second week here in Wimbledon, beating Serena, I wouldn't have believed it,” said Cornet.
“It feels great. It shows that I really improved these last years. What a victory. It's the best way to get the second week.”
Cornet will face the up-and-coming talent of Eugenie Bouchard in the round of 16 after the young Canadian continued her impressive run at Grand Slams in 2014 with a straight sets victory over Andrea Petkovic.
Angelique Kerber and Maria Sharapova will meet in a high-quality match-up on Monday after defeating Kirsten Flipkens and Alison Riske respectively.
The biggest surprise of the women’s draw so far this year is world No. 72 Zarina Diyas, who advanced to the second week of a major in just her third Grand Slam appearance when she defeated former world No. 2 Vera Zvonareva.
The Kazakh will face No. 3 seed Simona Halep in the round of 16. The draw for the women’s last 16 is incomplete as the matches between Ana Ivanovic and Sabine Lisicki and Madison Keys and Yaroslava Shvedova were unfinished on Saturday.
In the men’s draw, seven-time champion Roger Federer progressed with a straight sets win over Colombia’s Santiago Giraldo, meaning he still hasn’t lost a set at this year’s championships.
Rafael Nadal, by contrast, lost the first set for the third consecutive match before coming back to defeat Mikhail Kukushkin in four.
Federer will play Tommy Robredo in the round of 16, while Nadal will face Australian youngster Nick Kyrgios.
Milos Raonic also made it through to the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time in a serve-dominated match against Lukas kubot. The Canadian must wait to find out his opponent as three matches remain unfinished.
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