WIMBLEDON 2017: Gutsy Kerber survives huge scare to beat Rogers

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After a net-cord forehand victor by Rogers on the first point of the tiebreaker, Kerber sailed through six straight points and took the tiebreaker, 7-2, as her lobs and drop shots started taking their toll on Rogers.

Angelique Kerber was on the brink of losing the world number one ranking on Saturday before the German scraped into the Wimbledon last 16 with a tense 4-6, 7-6 (7/2), 6-4 victory over Shelby Rogers.

"It's really nice" Rogers told Live 5 News via Skype after her match. "I'm very pleased with the way I've felt, the way I've played".

They came back Saturday but it was all over in minutes as the U.S. 24th seed broke serve. "My opponent was good today".

American Sam Querrey, seeded No. 24, took only four minutes on court Saturday to beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga France 6-2, 3-6, 7-6 (5), 1-6, 7-5. Canadian sixth seed Milos Raonic, last year's beaten finalist, downed Spain's 25th seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 7-6 (7/3), 6-4, 7-5 to book a fouth round spot against either Alexander Zverev or qualifier Sebastian Ofner.

Dimitrov, a Wimbledon semifinalist in 2014, will next face either Federer or Zverev. An off-sorts Cirstea had witnessed the horrific knee injury suffered by her opponent Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the previous round on Thursday.

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The American wept as she relived the sickening injury which has left her facing surgery to fix a dislocated knee.

Yet, after digging deep to remain only one break behind, Kerber came from 30-0 down to pull level at 4-4 - winning the standout point of the match in the process as she followed up some tremendous defensive play with a powerful attempted pass that set up a victor at the net.

Yet another former runner-up to Williams, Polish ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, also progressed to the last 16 with a 3-6 6-4 6-1 victory over Swiss Timea Bacsinszky. I think I kind of found a good level, good shots, good serve, playing against her.

And she was second best in the first half of her match against Rogers, who packs plenty of punch with her groundstrokes and led 4-2 in the second set after winning the first.

Seventh-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russian Federation made her way into the second week of a Grand Slam for the 32nd time in her career with a 6-4, 6-0 trouncing of qualifier Polona Hercog of Slovenia in 65 minutes. 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 (6), 6-1.

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