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No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka rolls into Wimbledon fourth round

No. 2 seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus reached the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time with a 6-0, 6-3 win Friday against Colombia’s Maria Camila Osorio Serrano.

Sabalenka saved eight out of 10 break points and tallied five aces among her 22 winners, compared to just nine winners for the 19-year-old qualifier.

Osorio Serrano had either a break point or a game point in five of the six games in the opening set but failed to convert.

“The score was 6-love in the first set, but it wasn’t that easy,” Sabalenka said after the 75-minute match. “Every game, we were playing … there was deuce and some advantage for her. She had a lot of break points. I saved it.

“It was a tough, tough first set. The second set also. It was not an easy game against her. Really happy to win this match. Looking forward for the next week.”

The 23-year-old Sabalenka’s pursuit of her first Grand Slam singles title will continue against No. 18 seed Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan, a 6-1, 6-4 winner against American Shelby Rogers in 65 minutes. Sabalenka and Ryakina have met twice before, with Sabalenka winning both matches in three sets on hard courts.

Other seeded players advancing to the second week of play on Friday included No. 7 seed Iga Swiatek of Poland, No. 8 Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic and No. 21 Ons Jabeur of Tunisia.

Swiatek blitzed Romania’s Irina-Camelia Begu 6-1, 6-0 in just 55 minutes. She finished with 11 winners and only six unforced errors, while Begu registered 25 unforced errors and nine winners.

Swiatek will face Jabeur for a spot in the quarterfinals. Jabeur rallied from a set down to defeat 2017 Wimbledon champion and No. 11 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain, 5-7, 6-3, 6-2.

Pliskova reached the fourth round for the third straight time at Wimbledon with a 6-3, 6-3 win against fellow Czech Tereza Martincova. Pliskova struck 30 winners (seven aces) and saved seven of eight break points.

“I thought I did well at the important moments. I was holding my serve. Any time it was a close situation, I think I played really good shots,” Pliskova said.

Pliskova will face Russia’s Liudmila Samsonova, who outlasted American Sloane Stephens 6-2, 2-6, 6-4.

Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic sent another American home with a 6-2, 6-1 defeat of Madison Brengle.

–Field Level Media