By MATTIAS KAREN
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
LONDON -- Not one top-10 seed has made the women's quarter-finals at Wimbledon. Serena Williams will be there, however, after she moved a step closer to an eighth title at the All England Club.
Williams reached her 13th Wimbledon quarter-final by beating Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2 on Monday, and never looked likely to join the parade of favourites who have been eliminated.
No. 7 Karolina Pliskova became the last of the top-10 seeds to be knocked out, losing to Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands.
Since seeds were introduced in the 1920s, it's the first time none of the top-10 have reached the women's quarter-finals at Wimbledon. It's also a first for any Grand Slam tournament in the 50-year professional era.
Williams is seeded 25th after returning from having a baby, but is looking like her usual, dominant self on the grass courts.
In a match up of the only two mothers remaining in the draw, she jumped into a 3-0 lead in both sets and wrapped up the win in 62 minutes.
Rodina, who upset 10th-seeded Madison Keys in the previous round, broke back for 3-2 in the second set, but was broken to love straight away.
"It was tougher than the scoreline," Williams said. "I knew we were both moms, and I'm not sure how often that's happened, if ever. So it's really cool. You can be a mom, you can still play tennis and you can still be great."
In the men's tournament, Roger Federer advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarter-final with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino of France.
The eight-time champion lost just five points in a 16minute first set, but faced break points for the first time in this year's tournament, saving all four. Federer has now won 32 consecutive sets at Wimbledon to move within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak, in which he won 34 in a row between the third round in 2005 and the final in 2006.
Ninth-seeded American John Isner, No. 13 Milos Raonic of Canada and No. 24 Kei Nishikori of Japan also advanced.
Isner rode his big serve to beat Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas 6-4, 7-6 (8), 7-6 (4). He next faces Raonic, who defeated Mackenzie McDonald of the United States 6-3, 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-2.
Bertens hit seven aces and saved eight of the 10 break points she faced to win 6-3, 7-6 (1) against Pliskova and complete the latest upset in the women's draw.
Bertens next faces 13thseeded Julia Goerges, who beat Donna Vekic of Croatia 6-3, 6-2 to secure her first Grand Slam quarterfinal appearance.
Jelena Ostapenko and Dominika Cibulkova will also meet in Tuesday's quarterfinals.
Williams faces Camila Giorgi of Italy next, while 11th-seeded Angelique Kerber plays Daria Kasatkina of Russia.
32 Consecutive set victories for Roger Federer at Wimbledon. The Swiss is now within one straight-sets victory of breaking his previous longest streak.