Russian fifth seed Andrei Rublev struggled to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon, the third grand slam of tennis, as he needed nearly three hours to overcome the obstacle of Italian Fabio Fognini 6-3 5-7 6-4 6-2 on Friday.
This is the first time that the 23-year-old has reached this role in the English Championship, in which he is participating in the main draw for the third time. “He was eliminated from the second round in 2017 and 2019 and did not go beyond the qualifiers in 2015 and 2016.”
After achieving his second victory this season over Fognini, “beating him in the League Cup” and only the third out of eight matches between them, Rublev now meets the winner of the match between Argentine Diego Schwarzman ninth and Hungarian Marton Vuchovic.
The Russian Karen Khachanov, the 25th seed, reached the same round, defeating American Francis Tiafoe 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. It is the second time out of four participations that the 25-year-old has reached the fourth round in the All-England stadiums, and he will meet the twenty-second British Daniel Evans or the other American Sebastian Korda.
As for the women, the second-ranked Belarusian Arina Sabalenka did not find it difficult to reserve her ticket to the fourth round for the first time, in her fourth participation, “she had not previously gone beyond the second round”, by defeating the 19-year-old Colombian Maria Osario Serrano 6-0, 6-3 in an hour. And 15 minutes.
The 23-year-old, who is winning two titles out of 10 in her career so far and aspiring to reach the quarter-finals for the first time in a Grand Slam, will meet 18th Kazakh Elena Rybakina, who in turn defeated American Shelby Rodgers 6-1, 6-4.
Like fourth-ranked Sabalenka, the seventh-ranked Polish Iga Švientek had little difficulty in securing her ticket to the fourth round, with a landslide victory over Romanian Irina Pejo 6-1, 6-0. The twenty-year-old, who surprised the world by winning the Roland Garros title last year before bidding farewell to this year’s quarter-finals, needed only 55 minutes to continue her career on the All England courts.
Šviontik is participating for the second time only in the English championship after 2019, “the 2020 version was canceled due to the Corona virus”, when her career ended in the first round, and she will meet in the fourth round, the winner of the eleventh match of the Spanish Garbine Mugurosa and the twenty-first Tunisian Anas Jaber.
The Czech Karolina Pliskova reached the eighth round for the first time since 2017, when she achieved her best result in the English championship by reaching the semi-finals, by also beating compatriot Teresa Martinetsova 6-3, 6-3 in one hour and 38 minutes.
And Pliskova, whose best result in the Grand Slam remains her arrival in the 2016 Flushing Meadows final, when she lost to German Angelique Kerber, will meet American Sloane Stephens, the 2017 Flushing Meadows champion and 2018 Roland Garros runner-up, or Russian Lyudmila Samsonova.