Federer and Serena cruise into 3rd round at Wimbledon

Hope Soto
July 10, 2018

Japan's casual wear company Uniqlo have signed Federer up in reported $30 million per year deal and might have hoped for a longer debut than the one hour 19 minutes it took their man to demolish Lajovic.

Rafael Nadal reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.

Williams is seeded 25th after returning from having a baby, but is looking like her usual dominant self on the grass courts. She was joined in the third round minutes later by 10th-seeded Madison Keys of the United States, who dispatched Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand 6-4, 6-3. "I knew we were both moms, and I'm not sure how often that's happened, if ever". The Spaniard beat Jiri Vesely 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 on Centre Court to return to the last eight for the first time since 2011 when he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic.

The Canadian 13th seed will play Austrian qualifier Dennis Novak, who beat French 17th seed Lucas Pouille 6-4, 6-2, 6-7 (8/10), 3-6, 6-2.

"It was tougher than the scoreline", Williams said.

The last of the women's top-10 seeds has been knocked out. "You can be a mom, you can still play tennis and you can still be great".

Slipping and sliding to defeat after defeat, the top 10 seeds in the women's singles nearly entirely made a bodge of the first three rounds. Kiki Bertens followed up her win over Venus Williams by beating No 7 Karolina Pliskova to reach the quarterfinals for the first time. He won 40 of 43 first-serve points, never faced a break chance, and delivered 16 aces. His fourth-round match against Gilles Simon was suspended because of bad light after the fourth-seeded Argentine lost the third set. It was the first time the eight-time Wimbledon champion had worn the brand publicly, but organizers said he didn't violate any of their strict rules in regards to using the tournament for marketing purposes.

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Ostapenko reached the last eight for the second straight year with a 7-6 (4), 6-0 victory over Aliaksandra Sasnovich, while Cibulkova beat Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4, 6-1.

In the first round, she started by conceding a tiebreaker against 58th-ranked Johanna Larsson before taking 12 of the last 15 games.

The 12th-seeded Ostapenko was aggressive throughout, hitting 28 winners - 13 coming off her backhand.

Having missed Wimbledon a year ago due to her pregnancy, Serena is on a 17-match winning streak at the All England Club. It was her 16th straight victory at Wimbledon, although she missed last year's tournament while pregnant.

After serving out for the first set, Federer didn't drop a single point on his serve in the second and kept that streak going until he was 30-0 up at 4-1 in the third - when Lacko finally sent a backhand victor down the line.

After the review confirmed the ball landed on the line, umpire Juan Zhang awarded the point to Cibulkova. "Sometimes your serve matches up better against certain players".

Two-time Australian Open champion Azarenka was vulnerable on her second serve throughout, winning just seven of 18 points on it. The players are going to look up in the crowd and not understand what's going on at Wimbledon.

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