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Wimbledon 2018: Madison Keys Loses in the Third Round

Wimbledon 2018: Madison Keys Loses in the Third Round


WIMBLEDON, England — Madison Keys became the latest top-10 seeded woman to lose at Wimbledon, falling to the Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina, 7-5, 5-7, 6-4, in the third round on Friday.

Keys fought back from a set and two breaks down only to falter near the end.

In a match full of big swings, the 10th-seeded Keys led by 5-2 in the first set before the 120th-ranked Rodina won the next nine games to go 4-0 up in the second. But Keys won the next five games and broke again to level the set score. She then broke back to level the third set at 4-4, but Rodina immediately earned another break and served out the victory.

Seven of the women’s top 10 seeds, including the defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza, have been eliminated.

Rodina made the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time. She was 0-15 in her career against top-20 opponents before Friday’s win.

She is one of two mothers left in the tournament and will now face the other — Serena Williams — if Williams can get past Kristina Mladenovic later Friday on Centre Court.

Ekaterina Makarova followed up her victory over second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki by beating the former Wimbledon semifinalist Lucie Safarova, 4-6, 6-4, 6-1, to reach the round of 16 here for the third time.

She will face Camila Giorgi, who saved a match point while beating Katerina Siniakova, 3-6, 7-6 (6) 6-2.

The 52nd-ranked Giorgi produced a backhand winner at 4-5, 30-40 in the second set, then won a tiebreaker to force a deciding set.

Having made 18 unforced errors in each of the first two sets, Giorgi tightened up her game to make just eight in the third and advance to the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time since 2012.

In the men’s draw, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev completed another five-set comeback to reach the third round. He beat the American Taylor Fritz, 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-2, in a match that was suspended on Thursday after the third set.

Zverev also erased a two-sets-to-one deficit three times to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open, his best result at a Grand Slam event.

No. 8 Kevin Anderson also advanced, beating No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany, 6-3, 7-5, 7-5, after losing just eight of 61 points on his first serve.

Anderson will next face Gaël Monfils, who knocked out the 11th-seeded Sam Querrey, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2. Monfils is in the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time. Querrey had reached the semifinals here last year.

Having made 13 unforced errors as he lost the opening set, the 44th-ranked Monfils made only eight more and did not face a break point for the rest of the match.



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