Male top seeds win at Wimbledon, Cilic out

Wimbledon analyst John McEnroe

The seven-time champion came from a break down in the first set to get past Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-6 (2). She missed last year's tournament while pregnant.

Two more members of the women's top 10 have fallen, with Madison Keys - seeded 10th - being upset by Evgeniya Rodina and No. 9-seeded Venus Williams falling to No. 20 Kiki Bertens.

Women's top seed and French Open champion Simona Halep, a semi-finalist in 2014 and a quarter-finalist in the last two years, takes on China's 126-ranked Saisai Zheng. "She played really well".

Serena, who is seeded 25th, had 13 aces en route to her 89th career match at Wimbledon, which ties her older sister for third at the All England Club in the Open Era.

The 32-year-old has made it to quarterfinals just twice in his career, including an appearance in last year's US Open final, where he lost to Rafael Nadal.

The 17-times Grand Slam champion dug in though and managed to avoid being dragged further into the afternoon, claiming victory when Kukushkin's forehand smacked into the net tape.

Ninth-seeded John Isner hit 64 aces and saved two match points to beat Ruben Bemelmans 6-1 6-4 6-7 (6) 6-7 (3) 7-5 in a match that was also suspended overnight.

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The American player won five games in a row to level and then broke back to make it 4-4 in the third set, but Rodina earned another break to secure victory.

Keys admitted she was thinking ahead to facing Serena Williams while battling Rodina when she was leading in the first set.

Serena Williams is back to the Round of 16 for her second consecutive Grand Slam.

Ekaterina Makarova, who knocked out second seed Wozniacki on Wednesday, continued her fine tournament with a 4-6 6-4 6-1 win over Czech Lucie Safarova.

Makarova, who has reached the round of 16 at the All England Club for the third time, will next face Italy's Camila Giorgi, who advanced after saving a match point while beating Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-2.

He is on a great run at Wimbledon since the start of 2017, winning 29 consecutive sets here which is his second longest streak after 2005-2006 when he rattled off 34.

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