Kiki Bertens knocked out the last Top 10 seed in the women’s singles at Wimbledon as the Dutch World No. 20 stunned Karolina Pliskova with a 6-3, 7-6 (7/1) victory in the fourth round yesterday.
Bertens followed her shock third round success against five-time Wimbledon champion Venus Williams by claiming the scalp of Czech seventh seed Pliskova.
The exit of former World No. 1 Pliskova came after the women’s draw was blown wide open by surprise defeats earlier in the tournament for Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Simona Halep and Sloane Stephens. Bertens, a French Open semi-finalist in 2016, is into the Wimbledon quarter-finals for the first time.
Bertens, who was contemplating retirement last year after losing her enthusiasm for the sport, is the first Dutch woman to reach the Wimbledon quarter-finals since Michaella Krajicek in 2007.