Russian wildcard Liudmila Samsonova overcame a mid-match wobble to stun former US Open champion Sloane Stephens 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, progressing to the last-16 of a Grand Slam for the primary time at Wimbledon on Friday.
Samsonova’s robust serve and thunderous baseline hitting was as soon as once more on show on Court docket One as she broke Stephens’ serve 3 times to say the opening set.
Stephens, chasing a second week look on the All England Membership for the primary time since 2013, fought again with some good courtroom protection and counter-punching however as soon as once more fell behind early within the remaining set.
Samsonova held her nerve and saved a vital break level within the eighth recreation to keep up her slim lead, earlier than sealing victory by sending down her fourth ace of the match.
“I need to thank the match organisers for this chance,” stated world quantity 65 Samsonova, who will subsequent face eighth seed Karolina Pliskova for a spot within the quarter-finals.
“I haven’t got the phrases to explain, I am so glad.”
Lower than a month in the past, Samsonova was nonetheless trying to break into the highest 100 within the rankings whereas making an attempt to qualify for the Berlin grasscourt occasion.
The 22-year-old racked up seven straight wins to win her maiden WTA title within the German capital, turning into the primary qualifier to win a WTA 500 occasion since Tsvetana Pironkova gained Sydney in 2014.