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Halep blames 'unprofessional' performance for exit

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Kristopher Love | 11 July, 2018, 20:21

Su will next face Dominika Cibulkova after the Slovakian world No 33 produced an impressive performance to defeat Belgian 15th seed Elise Mertens 6-1, 6-2.

Women's top seed Simona Halep suffered a tortuous third round exit to Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei as a wildly unpredictable Wimbledon continued producing huge shocks on Saturday.

A former world No. 1 in doubles and the 2013 Wimbledon doubles champ, the 32-year-old is the first Taiwanese player, male or female, to break into the top 25 in the singles rankings and the first to hold the top ranking in doubles.

German fourth seed Alexander Zverev and women's world number one Simona Halep wilted in soaring heat and crashed out of Wimbledon in the third round on Saturday.

Halep battled with her own game as well as the crafty spins and tactics of her 48th-ranked opponent but still looked like emerging as the victor when she led 5-2 in the third set.

In a sport often dominated by relentless baseline bashers Hsieh brought so much more to the party.

"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". She will also force Halep to step in and dictate, perhaps more than the Romanian is comfortable with.

A lengthy first game in which Halep finally broke when Hsieh sent a forehand long set the tone in the early stages where holding serve proved hard. "I have two match points", she said of that match. Two games down in the third set I kept fighting. Halep, as though she was caught completely off-guard by the lack of any complexity in the serve, hit it straight into the net.

In keeping with the theme of the match, Halep twice broke to lead in the decider - the second in a lengthy fourth game that seemingly had decided the fate of the match. I feel I'm really lucky to be a tennis player, stay here until the second week.

"It was a positive match against a player with a lot of energy", said Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion.

Top-seeded Roger Federer and second-seeded Rafael Nadal remain alive on each side of the men's draw, but five of the top 10 seeds there have been eliminated. "I was just trying to play my game, be aggressive, but at the same time just enjoy it". I will not find excuses about this match, she deserved to win.

Making her fourth appearance at Wimbledon, Ostapenko will look to improve on her run to the quarter-finals past year.

Kyrgios, fresh from a social media row with former women's champion Marion Bartoli after she accused him of squandering his talents, plays Japan's Nishikori.

She will next face Belgium's Alison Van Uytvanck, who followed up her surprise win over defending champion Garbine Muguruza by beating Estonian Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-3.