Federer, Jelena Ostapenko, Julia Goerges, Dominika Cibulkova, Serena into Wimbledon quarter-finals


LONDON, July 9: Champion Roger Federer’s pursuit of a record ninth Wimbledon title gathered momentum on Monday as he reached the quarter-finals with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 win over Frenchman Adrian Mannarino.
Federer was in blinding form during the first set, which blazed by in 16 minutes, but after the Swiss missed four break points in the opening game of the second set, Mannarino made more of a match of it.
Jelena Ostapenko
Former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko swept into her second Wimbledon quarter-final with a 7-6 (7/4), 6-0 win against Belarusian world number 50 Aliaksandra Sasnovich on Monday.
Latvian 12th seed Ostapenko came from 2-5 down in the first set to finish off Sasnovich, who haad stunned two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova in the first round.
Ostapenko takes on Slovakian world number 33 Dominika Cibulkova, who beat world number 48 Hsieh Su-Wei 6-4, 6-1, for a place in the semi-finals.
Julia Goerges
Julia Goerges is through to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time after the German 13th seed beat Croatia’s Donna Vekic 6-3, 6-2 on Monday.
Goerges was competing in her first Wimbledon last 16 tie after five successive opening round defeats at the All England Club.
The 29-year-old rose to the occasion, sweeping aside world number 55 Donna Vekic, who defeated US Open champion Sloane Stephens in the first round and was also chasing a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final berth.
Goerges takes on Dutch 20th seed Kiki Bertens for a place in the semi-finals.
Dominika Cibulkova
Dominika Cibulkova shrugged off a furious line call controversy to power into the Wimbledon quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-1 rout of Taiwanese giant-killer Hsieh Su-Wei on Monday.
Cibulkova was furious when Hsieh successfully persuaded the umpire to replay a point that was initially called in the Slovakian’s favour and would have given her three set points in the opening set.
But the 29-year-old challenged her anger to crush Hsieh – who had shocked world number one Simona Halep in the previous round.
Serena Williams
Serena Williams raced into her 13th Wimbledon quarter-final as the seven-time champion thrashed Russian qualifier Evgeniya Rodina 6-2, 6-2 in just 62 minutes on Monday.
Williams, who won the Wimbledon title on her last two visits in 2015 and 2016, is now on an 18-match winning streak at the All England Club.
Having missed Wimbledon last year while she prepared to have her first child in September, Serena is in pole position to win her first Grand Slam crown since becoming a mother.
The 36-year-old faces Italian world number 52 Camila Giorgi on Tuesday for a place in the semi-finals.
Asked if it was a flawless display, Serena admitted she is never satisfied. (Agencies)