Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic were in sparkling form as they booked their places in the fourth round at Wimbledon on Saturday, while Laura Robson came back from the brink of defeat to eventually win her third round tie.
Williams was going for her 600th career victory as she took on record-breaking Kimiko Date-Krumm in a bonus match on Centre Court.
Japanese Date-Krumm is the oldest woman to have made the third round at Wimbledon at 42 years old and the world number one is proving untouchable for players half her age at the moment.
The match was scheduled to be played on No.1 Court but light was a problem as it was nearly 8:30pm before they came out, so they were moved onto Centre to play under the roof and lights.
Williams was sensational and looked as though she is approaching her best, despatching Date-Krumm 6-2 6-0 in only 61 minutes.
Men’s top seed Djokovic was also in fine form and hit just three unforced errors on the way to a straight sets defeat of Jeremy Chardy – the Frenchman couldn’t do a lot to stop the Serb cruising to victory 6-3 6-1 6-1.
Djokovic’s serve was purring and he dropped only four points on it to set up a fourth round meeting with the evergreen Tommy Haas, who beat Feliciano Lopez in four sets.
Fourth seed David Ferrer was pushed all the way by Alex Dolgopolov but eventually won through in five sets, while Juan Martin del Potro continued his impressive progress with a 7-5 7-6 6-0 win over Slovenia’s Grega Zemlja.
Home fans at the All England Club were put through the ringer on Court Two as Britain’s Laura Robson snatched victory from the jaws of defeat against New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic.
The British number one looked lost early on as her opponent served brilliantly and countered Robson’s big hitting with lots of smart play.
However, the nerves got to her in the end and her game collapsed as she was serving for the match, allowing Robson to take it to a decider.
Erakovic found her game again late in the third but by then it was too late as the home support helped Robson come through 1-6 7-5 6-4 winner.
As there is no play on the middle Sunday, tennis fans will have to wait until Monday for the fourth round matches, with Andy Murray the star attraction.
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