Kerber rallies, holds on to No. 1 ranking

Posted July 09, 2017

Kerber looked mightily relieved after saving her world number one status in a tense 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 win over USA world number 70 Shelby Rogers.

Runner-up to Serena Williams a year ago, Kerber hopes her 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 6-4 escape - after trailing by a set and a break against the 70th-ranked Rogers- not only proves a turning point in her campaign, but her entire season.

World number one Angelique Kerber has expressed relief at finding the fight to overcome Shelby Rogers at Wimbledon in a third-round match she believes could be the turning point in her season.

The Canadian, a finalist previous year, reached the second week of the championship for the third time in seven appearances. In the second set, I was starting to feeling the ball better and better. "Comparing to the first couple of matches and the last couple of weeks I think this was the most focused I was on the court".

The German star was a break down in the second set but did just enough to claw her way into Monday's fourth round where she will face Garbine Muguruza. I mean, we had full house. She played very well from the first point. I'm happy the way I'm playing out there.

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Agnieszka Radwanska, the No.9 seed, came back from a set down to beat the 19th seed Swiss Timea Bacsinszky 3-6 6-4 6-1 on Centre Court. However, Leander Paes and Yifan Xu, and Zhaoxuan Yang and Divij Sharan lost their first-round matches late on Friday.

24 seed, is back into the Round of 16 for the third year on a row after defeating fellow American Alison Riske 6-2, 6-4 in one hour, 15 minutes.

The German was the beaten finalist at Wimbledon past year but has not been in the same form in 2017 and could lose her place at the top of the rankings at the end of this tournament.

Radwanska, the 2012 finalist, will face the seventh-seed Svetlana Kuznetsova in the fourth round after the Russian veteran blew away Slovenia's Polona Hercog 6-4 6-0. "I expected a lot of tricky shots from her and a lot of entertaining rallies", said the Polish ninth seed. Croatia's Martic is the last qualifier still going at Wimbledon after beating Kazakhstani wild card Zarina Diyas 7-6 (8/6), 6-1.