Wimbledon 2018 -- No. 1 Simona Halep loses in third round at Wimbledon

Rafael Nadal following his second round victory over Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan at Wimbledon on Thursday

Top seed Simona Halep became the latest high-profile casualty of the opening week of Wimbledon after losing to Hsieh Su-wei in three sets.

Halep, fresh from her French Open triumph, lost the last five games in a 3-6 6-4 7-5 defeat after two hours and 20 minutes on Court One.

Number one ranked Simona Halep's third round loss to Taiwan's Su-Wei Hsieh leaves Karolina Pliskova as the only woman left in the top 10.

"It was a positive match against a player who is young with a lot of energy out there", he said. Cunning drop shots, often played with two hands on the racket, delicate slices and laser-like flat groundstrokes that hugged the turf kept Halep off balance.

Sasnovich will next meet No. 12 seed Jelena Ostapenko who stopped the Sharapova-killer Vitalia Diatchenko 6-0, 6-4. "I try to practise normal with the girls, don't go too insane on the drop shot".

"I mean, I'm not surprised anymore", said 2017 French Open champion Ostapenko, a 6-0, 6-4 victor against Vitalia Diatchenko, who eliminated five-time major champion Maria Sharapova in the first round.

In keeping with the theme of the match, Halep twice broke to lead in the decider - the second in a lengthy fourth game that seemingly had decided the fate of the match.

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She is the first women's top seed to lose to an unseeded player at Wimbledon since Ana Ivanovic lost to China's Zheng Jie 10 years ago, also just after winning the French Open.

In another clash, World No. 3 Alexander Zverev was upset by Latvian qualifier Ernests Gulbis 7-6, 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-0.

Van Uytvanck began the week with a 1-4 Wimbledon record and only one Grand Slam quarter-final appearance to her name, while Muguruza has two major titles, including the 2016 French Open, and was the runner-up at the All England Club in 2015, but none of that mattered.

Switzerland's Belinda Bencic continued her return from injury with another fine victory, defeating Spain's world No 26 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 7-6. "That's it. [I'm] just happy the way that I played during the first week", he said.

The Serb will next face Russian Karen Khachanov for the first time for a place in the quarter-finals.

This marked Hsieh's first career success in making it to the fourth round of the grand slam in London. The former U.S. Open champion is trying to make the fourth round for the fourth time at the All England Club, having reached the semifinals as his best result in 2013. Halep is a defensive counter-puncher first and foremost, using her excellent agility and court coverage to stay in points for far longer than virtually any other player on Tour would be able to.

Van Uytvanck's reward is a date with No. 14 Daria Kasatkina, who stopped No. 17 Ashleigh Barty 7-5, 6-3.

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