Saturday, July 7, 2018

Hsieh shocks Halep in latest Wimbledon upset

No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, shown in 2015, is the only
top-10 women's seed to reach the second week at
Wimbledon. Photo by Mal Taam
   Hsieh Su-Wei has been known primarily for her doubles prowess.
   She won Wimbledon in 2013 and the French Open in 2014 with Peng Shuai and reached No. 1 in the world in doubles in 2014.
   But Hsieh pulled off the latest women's singles upset at Wimbledon today, stunning top-ranked Simona Halep 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round. Hsieh, a 32-year-old Taiwanese player who uses two hands on both sides, won the last five games and saved a match point.
   Only one of the top 10 women's seeds, No. 7 Karolina Pliskova, survived the first week. Pliskova lost to Angelique Kerber in the final of the 2015 Bank of the West Classic, which ended a 21-year run at Stanford last summer. The tournament will be replaced by the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, July 30-Aug. 5 at San Jose State.
   No. 11 seed Kerber and No. 25 Serena Williams, a three-time Stanford champion (2011, 2012 and 2014) who's scheduled to play in San Jose, also remain alive at Wimbledon. Williams seeks her eighth Wimbledon singles title in only her fourth tournament since having a daughter on Sept. 1.
   Dominika Cibulkova dispatched No. 15 Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-2, 6-2 after eliminating No. 22 Johanna Konta in a matchup of former Stanford champions. Mertens also is entered in San Jose.
   Another Belgian, Alison Van Uytvanck, took out No. 28 seed Anett Kontaveit of Estonia 6-2, 6-3. Van Uytvanck, who swept the singles and doubles titles in the 2016 Stockton (Calif.) Challenger, was coming off a win over No. 3 seed and defending champion Garbine Muguruza.
   In the men's draw, qualifier Ernests Gulbis of Latvia surprised No. 4 seed Alexander Zverev of Germany 7-6 (2), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0. Gulbis, 29, is ranked No. 138 after reaching a career-high No. 10 in 2014.
   Also advancing were No. 2 Rafael Nadal, a two-time Wimbledon champion; No. 5 Juan Martin Del Potro; No. 12 Novak Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon champ; and No. 13 Milos Raonic.
   Raonic never lost a set in three appearances in the SAP Open in San Jose, winning the title from 2011 through 2013 before the tournament was discontinued the following year. He reached the 2016 Wimbledon final, losing to Andy Murray.
   The 6-foot-5 (1.96-meter) Raonic is scheduled to play 5-foot-10 (1.78-meter) Mackenzie McDonald, a 23-year-old product of Piedmont in the San Francisco Bay Area, for the first time on "Manic Monday" (ESPN) after a 3:30 a.m. PDT women's singles match on Court 12.
   Karen Khachanov, a 22-year-old rising star from Russia, topped American Frances Tiafoe, who won the 2016 Stockton Challenger at 18 years old, 4-6, 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-2, 6-1.
   Meanwhile, another high seed in men's doubles lost. No. 4 Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, the 2016 champions from France, fell to Philipp Petzschner and Tim Puetz of Germany 6-4, 6-7 (3), 7-6 (4), 6-3 in the second round. The highest remaining seeded team is No. 5 Jamie Murray, Andy's older brother, and Bruno Soares of Brazil.
   Petzschner, who won the 2010 Wimbledon title with Jurgen Melzer of Austria, and Puetz will face No. 14 Ben McLachlan, a former Cal star, and Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany.
   McLachlan, a New Zealand native who plays for his mother's native Japan, and Struff reached the Australian Open semifinals in January in their first tournament together.
   Jack Sock, who won the 2012 Tiburon Challenger in the Bay Area, and Sloane Stephens, a 25-year-old Fresno product, reached the third round of mixed doubles.
   Also, Katie Volynets of Walnut Creek in the Bay Area beat Viktoryia Kanapatskaya of Belarus 6-2, 4-6, 6-3 in the first round of girls singles.

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