Number 1 seed Angelique Kerber (GER) had to dig deep to get past Shelby Rogers (USA) after the American took the first set 6-4. She fought hard to get the second set to a tie break and showed great composure to take it 7-2. The German made a poor start to the third set but came back to win it 6-4. She’ll face 14th seed and former finalist Garbine Muguruza (ESP) who is in imperious form, not yet dropping a set, beating Sorana Cristea (ROU) 6-2 6-2.
5th seed Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) had to show all her competitive steel to get past Annet Kontaveit (EST). The Estonian has come through all her previous matches with ease, not dropping a set, and after taking the first set, it looked like the 5th seed was in trouble. Wozniacki went down a break early in the second set and it looked over. She fought back to break but at 5-5 she lost her serve again, leaving Kontaveit to serve for the match. Wozniacki wasn’t budging and managed to break straight back to force the tie break which she won. Kontaveit’s disappointment of not being able to serve out the match allowed Wozniacki to race away in the third set and take it 6-2. The Dane will play a newly emboldened 24th seed Coco Vandeweghe (USA). Under the tutelage of former Wimbledon champion Pat Cash, Vandeweghe is producing results as she blasts past fellow American Alison Riske (USA) 6-2 6-4.
9th seed Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) hasn’t played her best tennis of late, changing racquets and changing back. She faced Cinderella story 19th seed Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) who is known to be a crafty player. The match lived up to expectations as the Swiss took an up and down first set 6-3. The effort was too much for a thigh injury Bacsinszky was carrying and it hampered her as Radwanska found her form. In a masterclass of tennis, the 9th seed took the contest 3-6 6-4 6-1. She’ll face a really tough challenge in the next round against the experienced Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS). The hard hitting 7th seed hasn’t yet dropped a set, ending the run of qualifier and world number 265 Polona Hercog (CRO) in straight sets 6-4 6-0.
Unseeded Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) is causing a stir in the ladies’ draw. She unseated the favourite Pliskova, which shocked most of the pundits, but maybe they hadn’t done their homework. Rybarikova has been away with injury, allowing her ranking to fall away, but on recent form, there’s no one to beat the Slovakian, winning 17 of her last 18 matches on the grass. She breezed past Lesia Tsurenko (UKR) 6-2 6-1 in just over an hour and is definitely one to watch. She’ll play the only qualifier left in the draw Petra Martic (CRO) who beat Zarina Diyas (KAZ) 7-6 6-1.