Serena cruises into fourth round on Wimbledon 2016 Middle Sunday
A recap of the action on Day 7 on Middle Sunday at Wimbledon 2016, including results, tweets, hot shots, photos and more from only the fourth time in Wimbledon's 139-year history that weather has forced the tournament to break tradition.
• After a tough third round match against American Christina McHale, No. 1 Serena Williams wasted no time on Sunday, beating Annika Beck 6-3, 6-0 in just 51 minutes. The victory marked her 300th Grand Slam match win.
"I think the McHale match really helped me," Serena said after the match. "To be honest, I felt like losing that first set so tight and her playing better than she's ever played in her life really helped me to realize that I can play better and I can lift my game to compete with people..."
• No. 27-seed CoCo Vandeweghe advanced to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the second year in a row, defeating No. 6-seed Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-4 in 66 minutes. After beating Vinci, Vandeweghe is now 4-0 against players in the Top 10 this year, recording wins against Belinda Bencic (Doha), Carla Suarez Navarro (Miami) and Agnieszka Radwanska (Birmingham).
A quarterfinalist at Wimbledon last year, Vandeweghe will next face No. 21-seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, who is into her first Wimbledon fourth round after beating No. 11-seed Timea Bacsinszky 6-3, 6-2.
• After battling for two hours and 29 minutes, No. 13-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova came back to defeat No. 18-seed Sloane Stephens 6-7 (1), 6-2, 8-6 in the third round.
After losing the first set tiebreak, Kuznetsova took the second set and rallied from 2-5 down in the third to beat Stephens and reach the fourth round at the All England Club for the first time since 2008.
After Kuznetsova received a warning for coaching, Stephens looked on her way to a win, as she was one game away from closing out the match. But two-time major champion Kuznetsova was able to get the win over the American, who was playing for the fifth day in a row after rain delays and cancellations.
Kuznetsova will meet No. 1 Serena in the fourth round on Monday.
With Serena, Venus, Vandeweghe and Madison Keys all advancing to the second week, this year marks the most Americans into the fourth round at Wimbledon since 2004.
• Russia's Elena Vesnina ended a remarkable run by U.S. qualifier Julia Boserup, winning 7-5, 7-5 to reach the second week. She'll next face Ekaterina Makarova, who beat face Barbora Strycova 6-4, 6-2 on Sunday.
• No. 32-seed Lucas Pouille ended Juan Martin del Potro’s run on Sunday, winning 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 6-1 to advance to the fourth round.
Del Potro credited his opponent and said that it was tough for him to recover after beating No. 4-seed Stan Wawrinka in four sets in the second round on Friday.
“My body is hurting everywhere, but that's normal after a big match against Wawrinka,” he said. “I have to keep working hard, because in the future I will need to be ready between matches and feel better physically than today.
“I'm not hurried to play better, I'm not hurried to grow up in the ranking. I'm just have to stay patient and keep working hard, trying to get better as soon as I can.”
• It was another marathon match for John Isner at Wimbledon on Sunday, except this time Jo-Wilfried Tsonga edged the big-serving American 19-17 in the fifth set. The 12th-seeded Frenchman came back after losing the first two sets and saved an Isner match point at 16-15 in the decider. Ultimately, it was Tsonga who earned the only break of the final set.
After four hours and 24 minutes, the final score of the match was 6-7(3), 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2, 19-17 in favor of Tsonga.
"Yeah, it's good to be alive," Tsonga said after the match. "Hope I will have a good recovery from this one and tomorrow be fit to play."
Tsonga next faces fellow countryman No. 7 Richard Gasquet, who beat beat Albert Ramos-Vinolas 2-6, 7-6, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday.
• No. 15-seed Nick Kyrgios earned himself a fourth-round match against No. 2-seed Andy Murray, beating No. 22 Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 6-7(2), 6-3, 6-4 in a match that was resumed from Saturday, after being suspended for light.
"I think last time I played him was at the U.S. Open in a major," Kyrgios said of his match against Murray. "I thought I made some inroads there. Finally won a set against him in a Grand Slam. I feel like I know what to do. But it's hard to actually go out there and execute against such a player like him obviously."
• 2010 finalist and No. 10-seed Tomas Berdych is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the eighth time, beating 19-year-old Alexander Zverev 6-3, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. Berdych will play Jiri Vesely next, after the 22-year-old Czech knocked out No. 31-seed Joao Sousa, 6-2, 6-2, 7-5.
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