The womens top seed Angelique Kerber survived a major scare to reach round four at Wimbledon by beating the American Shelby Rogers
After all the talk that any of 40 women could land the Wimbledon title this year, the last 16 standing include six grand slam champions, a former world No1 and in Johanna Konta and Elina Svitolina, two players who may yet go on to achieve big things. If it is still difficult to pick a winner, the cream is coming to the top.
Included among them is the world No1, Angelique Kerber, who showed more grit and fighting spirit in her victory over Shelby Rogers than has been in evidence in recent months. The German trailed by a set and 4-2 before digging deep to produce a 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 victory that will do wonders for her confidence as she tries to go one better than last year, when she lost in the final to Serena Williams. It was, for sure, a really important win for me today, especially because it was a really up-and-down match, and I was down 2-4 in the second set, Kerber said. I turned around the match.
Kerber got to the top through her athleticism, astounding defence and tenacity, traits that have helped her to two grand slam titles. Being No1 has not sat easily on her shoulders and unless she at least makes the final, she will be knocked off top spot. But she may have rediscovered her belief. Having been outgunned by the big hitting of Rogers, the world No 79 who has made a habit of upsetting star names in grand slams over the past couple of years, she drew on her experience in big matches and found a way. From the moment she broke back for 4-4 in the second set, the 29-year-old looked a different player and, after taking the tie-break 7-2, she eased through the third to set up a clash with the 2015 runner-up, Garbie Muguruza.