Wimbledon 2017: Angelique Kerber fights back to beat Shelby Rogers

Garbine Muguruza

Garbine Muguruza

"I remember I heard a pop in my leg and everything went slow after that", the American said Saturday from her hospital room in Wimbledon.

Kerber was beaten by Serena Williams in last year's Wimbledon final and with the American star sidelined while she prepares to give birth, the world number one hopes to fill the power vacuum at the All England Club.

Kerber, who reached the final a year ago, again showed signs of the vulnerability that has dogged her game in 2017.

"It definitely was a tough match, but I'm happy the way I fought", said Wozniacki.

Kerber roared with relief as Rogers, bidding to reach the last 16 at Wimbledon for the first time, cracked a forehand long on the German's second match point.

Having claimed the Australian and U.S. Open crowns previous year, Kerber has not won a single title this season and struggled for fluency against Flipkens, who tried everything in her power to upset the world number one.

Rybarikova battled back from a set down to win 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Centre Court, earning the Slovakian a last 32 clash with Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko. "I don't want to have any five-set matches".

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The Belgian, a semi-finalist in 2013, showed some excellent variety to put her opponent under pressure, but proved too inconsistent to make a sustained challenge, and Kerber safely negotiated her way to victory to book a third-round meeting with Shelby Rogers.

Radwanska next faces Russian eighth seed Kuznetsova, the 2004 United States and 2009 French Open champion, who cruised through with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Slovenian qualifier Polona Hercog. Croatia's Martic is the last qualifier still going at Wimbledon after beating Kazakhstani wild card Zarina Diyas 7-6 (8/6), 6-1.

Djokovic will next play Latvian Ernests Gulbis, who beat Argentina's Juan Martín del Potro 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7-3).

But Kerber had awoken and put a huge amount of pressure on the Rogers serve once again, breaking for the third time in the match to serve at 4-3.

The third-round match was suspended Friday by darkness after 2 hours, 54 minutes with Querrey leading 6-5 in the fifth set.

Querrey will next face South Africa's Kevin Anderson, whom he leads 7-5 in head-to-head series.

Dudi Sela of Israel became the ninth men's player to retire from a match at this year's tournament, stopping his third-round match because of a right adductor strain against 13th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria while trailing 6-1, 6-1. The 2008 Wimbledon junior champion will next face meet either Federer or Mischa Zverev.

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