Serena Williams reached the Wimbledon last 16 on Saturday with a 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 9-7 win over China’s Zheng Jie.
Sixth-seed Williams faces Yaroslava Shvedova of Kazakhstan for a place in the quarter-finals.
Lukas Rosol, the shock Wimbledon conqueror of Rafael Nadal, returned to familiar anonymity yesterday when Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber sent him crashing out in the third round.
Czech world No. 100 Rosol had caused one of the greatest upsets in the history of the sport when he beat world No. 2 Nadal in five sets in the second round under the Center Court roof on Thursday.
However, out on Court 12, normal service was resumed as German 27th seed Kohlschreiber, who had also beaten Nadal on grass at Halle two weeks ago, eased to a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (8/6) victory and a first appearance in the fourth round.
Kohlschreiber, who claimed victory on a fourth match point, will tackle US qualifier Brian Baker for a place in the quarter-finals.
Defending women’s champion Petra Kvitova wasted little time moving into fourth round as the Czech took just 53 minutes to crush the US’ Varvara Lepchenko 6-1, 6-0.
Kvitova has yet to drop a set in defense of the title she won with a shock triumph against Maria Sharapova and Lepchenko, ranked 53rd, had no answer to the world No. 4’s power.
The 22-year-old, who has lost just 13 games in her three matches, blasted 15 winners and forced the out-classed Lepchenko to make 38 errors in a brutal demolition on Court One.
Kvitova, seeded fourth, will play former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone for a place in the quarter-finals.
Kazakh wildcard Yaroslava Shvedova defeated Italian 10th seed and French Open runner-up Sara Errani 6-0, 6-4 to reach the last 16 for the first time.
Shvedova also made history by winning all 24 points in the opener to achieve a rare Golden Set.
Former world No. 1 Ana Ivanovic, the 14th seed, reached the last 16, coming from behind to clinch a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win against Germany’s Julia Goerges.
Ivanovic will play second seed Victoria Azarenka, who reached the Wimbledon last 16 yesterday with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Slovak qualifier Jana Cepelova, the world No. 178.
Also going through was Austria’s Tamira Paszek.
On Friday, Roger Federer kept his dreams of equaling Pete Sampras’ record of seven Wimbledon titles narrowly alive as top seeds Novak Djokovic and Maria Sharapova also reached the last 16.
Six-time champion Federer survived a huge scare, coming within just two points of crashing to his worst Wimbledon defeat in 10 years before battling from two sets down to beat French 29th seed Julien Benneteau.
Women’s top seed Sharapova cruised to a 6-1, 6-4 victory over Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-Wei as the world No. 1 set up a Wimbledon rematch with Sabine Lisicki.
Sharapova breezed past world No. 63 Hsieh, despite some serious issues with her serve in the windy conditions on Court One.
The French Open champion’s reward for a typically gritty display is a last 16 meeting with German 15th seed Lisicki in a repeat of last year’s Wimbledon semi-final clash, which the Russian won in straight sets.
Hsieh seemed not to be particularly frustrated by her inability to become one of the last 16.
“Being able to break her serve in the second set helped boost my confidence greatly,” said Hsieh, who achieved her career best by getting into the third round and became the first Taiwanese female player to advance to the last 32 of the women’s singles event at Wimbledon.