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Hsieh stuns Halep at Wimbledon, Nadal keeps top spot

AFP  |  London 

World number one and champion was knocked out of today, losing to Taiwan's 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round as the seeds' carnage claimed another victim.

Defeat for Halep means that Karolina Pliskova, at number seven, is the only women's top 10 seed to reach the fourth round.

It also further boosted Serena Williams's chances of becoming an eight-time champion.

Hsieh, the world number 48, battled back from 2-5 down in the final set and saved a match point when the Romanian served for the match at 5-3 in the decider.

It will be Hsieh's first appearance in the last 16 of a Slam where she will face of for a place in the quarter-finals.

"It's my first win against a world number one," said 26-year-old Hsieh.

"It's amazing. I was 2-5 down in the final set but the crowd pushed me to fight."

Two-time champion reached the last 16 for the eighth time and made sure of keeping the world number one ranking.

The second seed comfortably defeated Australian teenager 6-1, 6-2, 6-4.

Nadal, the 11-time champion and bidding for an 18th career major, will face either Italy's or of the for a place in the quarter-finals.

"It was a positive match against a with a lot of energy," said Nadal, the 2008 and 2010 champion.

"I am just happy to be in the fourth round again." Nadal, with out of the World Cup, was heading to watch England play

He had obviously captured the national mood.

"I'll go and watch some -- England, it's coming home or not?" he said in reference to a song which is currently being sung, hummed and whistled on almost every street and in every pub.

made the last 16 for the first time in five years when the Argentine fifth seed defeated France's Beno?t Paire 6-4, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3.

Later Saturday, three-time champion Novak Djokovic plays his first match this year on against Britain's

Djokovic, the champion in 2011, 2014 and 2015, faces the home country's last remaining looking to snatch another landmark.

Victory would see him reach the last 16 of a for the 44th time to take him second on the all-time list.

German fourth seed Alexander Zverev, who almost quit his second round match through illness, faces Latvian

Gulbis, now ranked at 138, reached semi-finals in 2014 famously demolishing on the way.

Explosive Nick Kyrgios, fresh from a with former women's champion after she accused him of squandering his talents, plays Japan's Kei Nishikori.

Kyrgios, the Australian 15th seed, is bidding to reach the fourth round for the fourth time.

Nishikori, seeded 24, bids to make the last 16 for a third time and record his 350th career win.

Other early winners on Saturday included Belgium's who followed her upset of defending champion Garbine Muguruza by beating Anett Kontaveit, the 28th seeded Estonian, 6-2, 6-3.

Van Uytvanck will meet fellow last-16 debutant Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina, who defeated of 7-5, 6-3.

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First Published: Sat, July 07 2018. 22:05 IST