Wimbledon Middle Sunday: Serena Williams safely into last 16, Pouille ends Del Potro comeback

Defending champion Serena Williams is safely through to the fourth round, as German Annika Beck proved no match for the American at Wimbledon’s middle Sunday session.

It took the 21-time grand slam winner just 51 minutes to ease past her German opponent 6-3 6-0 as she looks to match Steffi Graf’s open era record of 22 grand slam titles.

Serena Williams cruised past Annika Beck to reach the fourth round image: edition.cnn.com

Serena Williams cruised past Annika Beck to reach the fourth round
image: edition.cnn.com

Next up for the 34-year-old is Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova, as the 13th seed had to come from a set down to beat American Sloane Stephens 6-7 (7/1) 6-2 8-6.

There was better news for Stephens’ compatriot Coco Vandeweghe as he overpowered 2015 US Open finalist Roberta Vinci 6-3 6-4 and will meet Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Monday, as the Russian was a comfortable 6-3 6-2 winner over 11th seed Timea Bacszinksy.

Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova followed up her victory over Petra Kvitova with a another easy 6-4 6-2 win over Barbroa Strycova of Czech Republic to reach the fourth round.

In men’s action, Frenchman Jo Wilfried Tsonga overcame American John Isner after a fifth set thriller at SW19 as he edged out the 18th seed 6-7 (7/3) 3-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 19-17.

Juan Martin Del Potro’s comeback is over as the Argentine failed to follow-up on his third round victory over fourth seed Stan Wawrinka as rising Frenchman Lucas Pouille bagged a hard-fought 6-7 (4/7) 7-6 (8/6) 6-4 6-1 victory to reach the last 16.

Jo Wilfired Tsonga edged past John Isner 19-17 in the final set image: ourncr.com

Jo Wilfired Tsonga edged past John Isner 19-17 in the final set
image: ourncr.com

Nick Kyrgios is also into the fourth round as the Aussie knocked out Feliciano Lopez with a 6-3 6-7 (2/7) 6-3 6-4 victory over the Spaniard, while Czech Jiri Vesely bagged a comfortable 6-2 6-2 7-5 win over Portugal’s Joao Sousa to go through.

However, Vesely’s compatriot Tomas Berdych was made to work for his place in the next round as the tenth seed fought overcame a third set slip-up to beat Germany’s Alexander Zverev 6-3 6-4 4-6 6-1.

Frenchman Richard Gasquet also had to dig deep to reach the last 16 as the seventh seed fought from a set down to defeat Spain’s Albert Ramos-Vinolas 2-6 7-6 (7/5) 6-2 6-3.

You can check out more results from middle Sunday at Wimbledon at this link.

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