Harmony Tan, who is ranked 115th in the world, and Katie Boulter, who is ranked 118th, continue to make a name for themselves with upset victories at Wimbledon, while top-ranked Inga Swietake scored in 37 matches on Thursday. He continued his winning streak.
France’s Tan, who knocked out seven-time Wimbledon champion Serena Williams in a first-round match that lasted more than three hours on Tuesday, won 6-3, 6-4 over 32nd seed Sara Soribes Tormo entered the third round. Thursday.
Boulter, a British wild-card entry, rallied to eliminate sixth seed Karolina Pliskova, who reached the Wimbledon final last year, 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 on center court. With victory.
The road to Tan or Boulder will end in the fourth round, when they are scheduled to face each other.
“Maybe some people will [support] for her, but I’m ready for her,” Tan said of her next match against Boulter, “because when I play with Serena, there’s a lot of public [support] For him too.”
American Coco Gauff meanwhile defeated Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-2, 6-3 to face Amanda Anisimova in the third round.
Boulter, 25, reached the third round of a Grand Slam event for the first time. Two days after his grandmother’s death and playing with his grandfather in attendance on Center Court, Boulter broke Pliskova in the final set for a 5–4 lead, then converted her first match point with a volley winner.
Boulter, who hails from Leicester, England, said: “It’s definitely been a tough few days. I’ve tried to get my emotions out and deal with the situation, try and keep my head on tennis.”
“I was lucky because my grandfather managed to come down from Leicester, and so we were able to support him and support him at the same time.”
Pliskova’s powerful serve was far from her best throughout Thursday’s match, as she mixed 13 aces with eight double faults and was broken four times. She lost to Ashleigh Barty in last year’s final.
“Of course, I’m going to take it one step at a time,” said Boulter, who beat Pliskova to her first win against a top-10 player at a practice tournament in Eastbourne last week. “I don’t want to get too ahead of myself. I knew I worked to win a few rounds here.
“…I’m just looking forward to going out there and enjoying myself and putting a smile on my face. I don’t think it gets better than playing on center court and getting my first win there.”
Meanwhile, Sweetek extended his winning streak with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 victory over Leslie Pattinama Kerkhove on the No. 1 court. Martina Hingis also won 37 consecutive matches in 1997, this is the longest winning streak.
However, the victory was not easy for the Polish player – despite facing the 138th-ranked player.
Sweetek had to save two break points in the opening game of the third set, then made a decisive breakthrough with a piece of luck. At 2-1, Sweetek earned a break point when her Dutch opponent deliberately let a shot fly past her over the net, thinking it would go on for a long time. However, it landed inside the baseline, and Sweetek hit a forehand at the next point to break the winner for a 3–1 lead.
Swietec, who won her second French Open title this month but has never progressed past the fourth round at Wimbledon, will next face Alize Cornet, who defeated American Claire Liu 6-3, 6-3 .
In other women’s matches, two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova showed some nervousness in her 6-1, 7-6 (5) victory over Anna Bogdan.
Kvitova was leading 5–1 in the second set when Bogdan began to restart play after game. Kvitova then had a match point serving at 5–4, but failed to convert that chance and then the game, eventually leading to a tiebreaker.
“Especially a few games on my serve, it was a really long game, and very tough mentally,” said 25th seed Kvitova, who won titles at the All England Club in 2011 and 2014. From my service and I could not make it.
“Somehow I made it,” Kvitova said in court. “I don’t know how, but I did.”
Kvitova will next face Paula Badosa. The fourth-seeded Spaniard defeated Irina Barra 6-3, 6-2.
Former Wimbledon champion Simona Halep, the No. 16 seed, came through a break-down to win 7-5, 6-4 in both sets to end the singles career of Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, who she said would be her last event.
Halep, playing at Wimbledon for the first time since winning the title in 2019, went down 5-2 in the first set and 4-1 in the second, losing five straight games both times. She missed last year’s tournament due to injury and the 2020 edition was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The 36-year-old has crashed out of the second round in her last six appearances at Wimbledon. She lay down to kiss the grass after the match and then received a hug from Halep at the net.
No. 4 Paula Badosa, No. 8 Jessica Pegula, No. 17 Elena Rybakina and No. 20 Anisimova were among the other seeded players to advance to the third round.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.