2016 Wimbledon finalist, Angelique Kerber advanced to the Last 16 with a comfortable victory over Japan’s Naomi Osaka at the All England Club today, while Novak Djokovic needed four sets against British hope, Kyle Edmund to go through.
The 11th seeded Kerber gave a statement performance as he cruised past 20-year-old Naomi Osaka 6-2, 6-4 in 63 minutes to reach the Last 16.
“I think it was a really tough match,” Kerber told the media in her post-match press conference. “I know how she’s playing and what to expect… Yeah, actually I’m happy how I played the match against her.”
The German completes the fourth round lineup at Wimbledon, and now finds herself, at No.11, as the highest-seeded player remaining in the top half of the draw.
Kerber will next face Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic, who ousted No.27 seed Carla Suarez Navarro in an earlier match on Saturday.
In the men’s draw, former world number one Novak Djokovic overcame a slow start to beat the highest ranked British player, Kyle Edmund 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-4 and killed off all British hopes.
“It was tough, Edmund has been playing really well,” Djokovic said. “He won our last encounter, he’s improved a lot.
“He was a set up which wasn’t ideal for me but I managed to come back.”
The super Serb, seeded 12th, will face Russian sensation Karen Khachanov for a place in the quarterfinals.
And for the first time since 2007 the fourth round on Monday will be bereft of a home representative in the singles.
Fourth seed Alexander Zverev got knocked out in the third round by qualifier Ernests Gulbis. Zverev led by two sets to one but lost 7-6(2), 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.
Gulbis will next play Kei Nishikori of Japan, who dismissed 15th seed Nick Kyrgios of Australia 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-4 in a late encounter.