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

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Former world No 1 Novak Djokovic stepped up his title bid with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-4 win over home favourite Kyle Edmund. "That's it. [I'm] just happy the way that I played during the first week", he said.

Hsieh had shown flashes of ingenuity, but a simple backhand into the net when she had break point to tie the set at 4-4 proved costly as Halep broke again in the ninth game to clinch the opener.

Entering Saturday, eight of the top 10 seeds in women's singles had been eliminated.

The teenager fought valiantly for every game and kept Nadal on court for two hours and two minutes but the result always appeared a formality.

It was only the third time Hsieh had beaten a player ranked in the top 10 although she tamed Spain's Garbine Muguruza at this year's Australian Open where she also enjoyed a memorable run to the last 16.

Simona Halep (ROU) reacts during her match against Su-Wei Hsieh (TAI) on day six at the All England Lawn and Croquet Club.

Kasatkina, the number 14 who reached the French Open quarter-finals, won a tighter battle between seeds when she overcame Australian Ashleigh Barty (17) 7-5 6-3 for her best performance so far at Wimbledon.

Once her post-match celebration meal is devoured, Hsieh can focus on extending her unexpected run at Wimbledon.

“I just was too negative to myself, talking too much. "I just want to feel free and enjoy the match", she added, about how she prepared herself for the tie.

The 21-year-old Kasatkina, who reached the French Open quarter-finals earlier this year, has now progressed to the second week at the All England Club for the first time in her career.

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Angelique Kerber, the 11th seed who beat Naomi Osaka of Japan in straight sets, is the highest seed in the top half of the draw.

Halep held two break points in the last game, but failed to convert either. "Mentally, I was exhausted".

Djokovic next plays Russian world number 40 Karen Khachanov.

Fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro advanced with a 6-4, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 victory over Frenchman Benoit Paire.

Last year's French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko eased past the challenge of Vitalia Diatchenko, who had defeated Maria Sharapova in the first round, with a 6-0 6-4 victory.

This marked Hsieh's first career success in making it to the fourth round of the grand slam in London.

Some players on the tour eventually become jaded by the merry-go-round of hotels, cities and airports but the 2013 Wimbledon women's doubles champion likes to revel in the local colour wherever she goes.

Later, when asked what she thought of the crowd's reaction to her request before her final serve, she said simply, "It helped a lot".

Also upsetting the seeded agenda were Belarus' Aliaksandra Sasnovich topping No. 26 Daria Gavrilova 6-3, 6-1, Swiss Belinda Bencic beating up No. 27 Carla Suarez Navarro 6-1, 7-6 (3), and Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck powering past No. 28 Anett Kontaveit 6-2, 6-3.

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