Wimbledon: Angelique Kerber survives scare to make fourth round
Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska also get through tricky ties
Germany’s Angelique Kerber celebrates match point against Shelby Rogers of the United States in their third-round match at Wimbledon. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images
An already wide-open women’s draw was almost decimated as top seed Kerber, former world number one Wozniacki and 2012 runner-up Radwanska all found themselves a set and a break down and staring at first-week exits.
But the German, in danger of losing her number one ranking, turned the match around to run out a 4-6 7-6 (7/2) 6-4 winner.
“She played very well from the first point,” said Kerber. “I think the key was at the end that I was fighting, and I was never giving up no matter what the score was.”
Kerber will next play another former runner-up, Garbine Muguruza, while fifth seed Wozniacki battled through to face Coco Vandeweghe.
Dane Wozniacki, who has never been beyond round four at the All England Club, fought back to take the second set of her clash on a tie-break against Anett Kontaveit.
Big-hitting Estonian Kontaveit, 21, then lost her way in the final set as Wozniacki secured a battling 3-6 7-6 (7/3) 6-2 win.
“It definitely was a tough match, but I’m happy the way I fought,” said Wozniacki. “I didn’t give up. I felt her getting just a little bit nervous towards the end, and I took advantage of that.”
Polish ninth seed Radwanska also needed three sets to beat Switzerland’s Timea Bacsinszky, who was struggling with injury in the decider as she lost 3-6 6-4 6-1.
“I think I played on every surface against Svetlana,” said Radwanska. “We have played so many matches, so many good ones, so many three-setters. Playing her is always very challenging.”
Spanish 14th seed Muguruza took just over an hour to record a 6-2 6-2 win against Romanian Sorana Cirstea.
She said: “I go in thinking I can win. I do expect it of myself, and I have set goals this year to do that. Pat is present at all my practices, and all my matches.
“He’s made a commitment to the working team and I think he’s made a pretty big impact.”
Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova, who knocked out third seed Karolina Pliskova in the second round, dispatched Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 6-2 6-1 and Croatian Petra Martic beat Zarina Diyas of Kazakhstan 7-6 (8/6) 6-1.