If Friday’s action at Wimbledon was noteworthy for its mass exodus of top-10 women’s contenders, then Saturday should steal some headlines, too, because No. 1 Simona Halep, fresh off a powerful 2018 French Open victory, is the latest to be cast by the wayside.

Facing the unseeded 32-year-old Hsieh Su-wei, of Taiwan, in the Round of 32, Halep unleashed some of her signature rallying to take an early lead and later fight off elimination. But after falling in a third-set hole, she ultimately netted a forehand return of Hsieh’s match point, becoming the ninth top-10 woman at Wimbledon to make an exit this week. Seven of Hsieh’s serves were broken during the intense three-set match, leaving only No. 7 Karolina Pliskova as representation for the top-10 women in the singles draw.

“Using Halep’s pace to create incredible angles, Hsieh had the Romanian on a string at times and the crowd in her hands and Halep was rattled,” according to The Guardian’s Simon Chambers. “Hsieh took the second set to level the match, only for Halep to become more aggressive and race to a 5-2 lead.”

Things weren’t quite as rocky for Nadal as they were for Halep, however, on the men’s side. The No. 2-seeded French Open champion and two-time Wimbledon singles champ took control early and often vs. the young de Minaur. With first-set breaks in the fourth and sixth games, Nadal gained steam entering his second set and cruised to victory, maintaining his No. 1 world ranking on the way to the fourth round of the tournament.

Men’s Saturday Wimbledon results

  • No. 2 Rafael Nadal defeats Alex de Minaur 6-1, 6-2, 6-4
  • No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro defeats Benoit Paire 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
  • Jiří Veselý defeats No. 19 Fabio Fognini 7-6 (7-4), 3-6, 6-3, 6-2
  • Gilles Simon defeats Matthew Ebden 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 6-3, 7-6 (7-2)

Women’s Saturday Wimbledon results

  • No. 48 Hsieh Su-wei defeats No. 1 Simona Halep, 3-6, 6-4, 7-5
  • No. 14 Daria Kasatkina defeats No. 17 Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-3
  • No. 11 Angelique Kerber defeats No. 18 Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4
  • Dominika Cibulkova defeats No. 15 Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-2
  • No. 12 Jelana Ostapenko defeats Vitalia Diatchenko 6-0, 6-4
  • Aliaksandra Sasnovich defeats No. 26 Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-1
  • Alison van Uytvanck defeats No. 28 Annett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-3
  • Belinda Bencic defeats Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 7-6 (3)

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