Britain’s Heather Watson pushed Serena Williams all the way on day five at Wimbledon, but it was the world number one who snatched the victory and advanced to the next round.
The 23-year-old put in an inspired performance against the American, but the veteran Williams’ years of experience showed as she came back from 3-0 down in the deciding set to win 6-2 4-6 7-5.
Maria Sharapova stormed into the next round as the Russian comfortably beat Romanian Irina Camelia-Begu in a 6-4 6-3 straight sets win as she hopes to win her first Wimbledon title since 2004.
Aleksandra Krunic could not overpower Venus Williams in their third round match as the American easily saw off her Serbian opponent 6-3 6-2, while Viktoria Azarenka dismissed Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic in a 6-4 6-4 victory for the two-time Australian Open winner.
French Open finalist Lucie Safarova saw off American Sloane Stephens as the Czech girl recovered from a set down to book her spot in the fourth round with a hard-fought 3-6 6-3 6-1 win.
However, former US Open champion Sam Stousr crashed out of the tournament as American Coco Vanderweghe comfortably knocked out the 22nd seed with a 6-2 6-0 victory.
In the men’s action, it was another routine victory for Novak Djokovic as the world number one strolled into the fourth round at Wimbledon after a comfortable win over Australian Bernard Tomic.
The Serbian powered to a 6-3 6-3 6-3 straight sets win in just over 90 minutes and is yet to drop a set at this year’s tournament. He will meet South Africa’s Kevin Anderson in the last 16, as the Queens’ finalist saw off Argentine Leonardo Mayer 6-4 7-6 (8/6) 6-3.
French Open champion Stan Wawrinka also encountered no problems in his third round match against Spain’s Fernando Verdasco with the Swiss man enjoying a comfortable 6-4 6-3 6-4 straight sets win.
Last year’s semi-finalist, Grigor Dimitrov is out of Wimbledon with the Bulgarian suffering a straight sets loss to Richard Gasquet as the Frenchman advances into the last 16 with a 6-3 6-4 6-4 victory.
It was also the end of the road for Milos Raonic as Nick Kyrgios sent the Canadian packing, after the Australian came from a set down to clinch a 5-7 7-5 7-6 (7/3) 6-3 victory over the seventh seed.
Ninth seed Marin Cilic and American John Isner will have to resume thier third round match on Saturday after bad lighting caused the match to be suspended with the game tied at two sets a piece and 10-10 in the deciding fifth set.
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