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Wimbledon: Rafael Nadal marches into Last 16 as Simona Halep is beaten

World number one, Rafael Nadal powered into the last 16 of Wimbledon with straight sets victory over Australia’s Alex De Minaur, while top seed, Simona Halep joined the list of high profile exits in the women’s draw as she was stunned by Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan today.

Rafael Nadal was rarely troubled in his 6-1, 6-2, 6-4 win over the unseeded Alex De Minaur to advance to the fourth round at SW19. The victory means Nadal will still be world number one after Wimbledon.

Even if he goes on to lose in the fourth round and Federer wins the tournament, Nadal will still be the world number one when the new rankings are released the morning after the men’s final.

Also, Juan Martin del Potro booked his place in the fourth round at Wimbledon with another straight-sets victory, defeating Benoit Paire 6-4, 7-6(4), 6-3.

In the women’s draw, top seed and world number one, Simona Halep got knocked out by world number 48, Su-Wei Hsieh. 

Hsieh’s serve was broken seven times and she saved a match point, coming from 2-5 down in the final set to win 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and 20 minutes.

Hsieh celebrates her victory over world number one Simona Halep

“It’s my first win against No.1,” the Taiwanese said. “It’s amazing to be there and fight against the nerves.”

“At 2-5 down in the final set, it was a lot of support from the crowd, and they pushed me to fight from there. She played so well. If I don’t fight, I don’t come through.”

Simona Halep’s defeat means that nine of the top seeds in the women’s draw have fallen in the first week. Karolina Pliskova, the seventh seed, is the only one left in the draw.

Hsieh will now play Dominika Cibulkova, who beat 15th seed Elise Mertens of Belgium 6-2, 6-2.

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