Halep beats Bertens, Kvitova crashes out

Simona Halep overcame an Achilles problem to beat Kiki Bertens in straight sets in the Wimbledon third round on Saturday.

The tournament suffered further rain delays on Saturday morning, although play was finally able to get under way in the afternoon.

The fifth-seeded Romamian secured a 6-4, 6-3 victory, grinding through the first set before coasting in the second.

The players twice exchanged breaks in the first set before Halep claimed a decisive third break in the 10th game to go one set up.

From there, Halep rode the momentum in the second set, claiming an early break and holding on to her advantage to wrap up the match in one hour and 10 minutes.

Halep admitted afterwards she is still dealing with an Achilles injury, but hopes to manage it for the remainder of the tournament.

"I had pain in my Achilles, I couldn't play in Birmingham so I came straight here to practise," she told BBC Sport.

"I can say that I am okay, I'm fit now but some days I have pain again.

"I don't know what is going on with my Achilles.

"For now I was 100 per cent able to play the match and I hope for the next round it will be the same."

There was a big upset later in the afternoon as 10th seed and former two-time Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova was knocked out by Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova, going down 7-5, 7-6 (7-5).

Kvitova’s form in 2016 has been nothing like recent years, though she was still expected to do well at Wimbledon, her favourite stomping ground.

Also completing her third round match on Saturday was fourth seed Angelique Kerber, who secured a 7-6 (13-11), 6-1 victory over fellow German Carina Witthoeft in an hour and 43 minutes.

Much like Halep, Kerber found herself in a real battle in the first set, as she and Witthoeft exchanged a total of six breaks before a lengthy tie-break saw Kerber come out on top.

Witthoeft's challenge faltered in the second set, however, with Kerber claiming two more unanswered breaks to complete the straight sets win.

Kerber moves on to face Japan's Misaki Doi, who was a 7-6 (7-1) winner over Anna-Lena Friedsam.

Elsewhere, Timea Bacsinszky beat Monica Niculescu 4-6, 6-2, 6-1, while American Sloane Stephens also advanced, 3-6, 7-6 (8-6), 8-6 over Mandy Minella after a marathon two and a half hours.

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