In the match of the tournament so far, 5th seeded Maria Sharapova took on the mighty challenge of 9th seeded Angelique Kerber on Centre Court on Tuesday afternoon – a day late because rain delays disrupted the scheduling. Kerber started strong and broke Sharapova in the first game. She built up 5-3 lead before the Russian closed to 4-5 and broke to level. The set went to a breaker where Sharapova led 3-1, before Kerber levelled and let the Russian just one more game to seal it 7-4. The second set began with two breaks of serve with both players continuing to play the highest quality tennis with great defending, retrieving and spectacular shots from both sides of the net. The Russian broke in the 7th and 9th games to take the set at 6-4. Kerber built 3-0, 4-1 and 5-2 leads in the decider but, in true Sharapova style, the Russian pulled back to 4-5. Serving, she let Kerber go 40-0 up before getting back to deuce. In this long game, Kerber missed on her 5th and 6th match points, while Sharapova could not convert her two advantage points and eventually sent her ball long to give Kerber the set at 6-4 on her 7th match point – and a well deserved place in the quarters.
Earlier, also in delayed matches, two Kazakhs played for quarter final places. In a truly awful encounter, Sabine Lisicki eventually got the better of 65th ranked Yaroslava Shvedova in a minute short of two hours. The stats tell it all – the German took the first set after 8 doubles and 11 unforced errors. The Kazakh won the second set by the same score line with only 6 winners; and Lisicki won the almost one hour long decider even though she served no aces and had 6 doubles and had 8 winners and 13 unforced errors.
The 72nd ranked Kazakh, Zarina Diyas, was no match for 3rd seeded Simona Halep, even though she has a great serve and forehand. The Romanian, who has never progressed past the 2 round, won 6-3 6-0 in just 57 minutes.