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Hsieh, Peng sail to round three, Federer also cruises

DOUBLES VISION:It has been a good couple of days for Taiwanese players in London, as Hsieh’s compatriot Chan Hao-ching and Max Mirny advanced in the mixed doubles

By Dave Carroll  /  Staff reporter, with Reuters, LONDON

The 19th seed raised a few alarms within her camp on day eight of the championships when she took a medical time out at 1-1 in the third set. Lying flat on her stomach on Court Three, her back and shoulder was massaged and she was brought back to life by the tournament trainer.

Although she got further treatment during the changeovers, she maintained her focus and wrapped up victory on her third match point when Shvedova netted a forehand.

Lisicki celebrated by shrieking and falling to her knees in delight.

A day earlier, Eugenie Bouchard succeeded where Serena Williams failed as she beat Alize Cornet to reach the last eight on a rain-hit Monday that produced another display of grass mastery by defending men’s champion Andy Murray.

Frenchwoman Cornet caused a sensation on Saturday by removing five-time champion and pre-tournament favorite Williams, but the fresh-faced Bouchard proved to be made of sterner stuff as she edged to a 7-6(5) 7-5 victory.

“That’s cool. I didn’t know that,” the 20-year-old said of becoming the first Canadian to reach a Wimbledon quarter-finals. “Another little historic thing for Canada.”

The match was halted after five games to allow the Centre Court roof to slide shut as more rain hit the championships after Saturday’s lengthy disruptions.

Murray began his fourth-round match against giant South African Kevin Anderson under cloudy skies, building up a commanding lead, but after more rain prompted another roof closure he was given his stiffest examination so far.

The third seed even came within a point of conceding his first set of what has been a stress-free tournament so far for the home favorite before sealing an impressive 6-4, 6-3, 7-6 (6) victory to reach the quarters for a seventh consecutive year.

The 27-year-old is on a semi-finals collision course with top seed Novak Djokovic, who eased past Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-3, 6-4, 7-6(5), but must first negotiate his way past in-form Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, who beat Argentine Leonardo Mayer.

“I knew I was going to get tested at some stage,” said Murray, who had arrived in the second week having dropped a mere 19 games.

Dimitrov will pose a threat to Murray’s 17-match winning streak at Wimbledon (including the 2012 Olympics), especially as he already beat the Scot this year.

Djokovic’s match against 14th seed Tsonga, a repeat of their 2011 semi-final, had been given top-billing, but the Serb was at his ruthless best in a scintillating display under the roof to set up a last-eight meeting with Croatia’s Marin Cilic.

The second Monday at the All England Club is traditionally last-16 day in both men’s and women’s singles, but several third-round matches had been held up by rain at the weekend.

Before meeting Wawrinka, Lopez also belatedly reached the last 16, beating the US’ John Isner in a four-set match that predictably included three tiebreaks and 86 aces.

Isner’s defeat left the US without a representative in the last 16 of the men’s or women’s singles for the first time since 1911 after teenager Madison Keys withdrew injured.

The bottom half of the women’s draw is completely dominated by Czech players.

Former champion Petra Kvitova moved stealthily on with an easy win against China’s Peng Shuai and will play compatriot Barbora Zahlavova Strycova, with 23rd seed Lucie Safarova playing Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova yesterday.

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