Serena Williams came from a set down to see off the gutsy challenge of 25th seed Jie Zheng wh often matched Williams for skill and athleticism, but the American’s powerful serving – she registered a remarkable 23 aces – enabled her to record a 6-7 (7/5) 6-2 9-7 win. David Ferrer (Spa) v (30) Andy Roddick (USA), Marcos Baghdatis (Cyp) v (4) Andy Murray (Gbr) are also playing on Day 6 of Wimbledon on Centre Court
Today matches on Court one are Varvara Lepchenko (USA) v (4) Petra Kvitova (Cze), (19) Kei Nishikori (Jpn) v (9) Juan Martin Del Potro (Arg), (5) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (Fra) v Lukas Lacko (Svk), and over on Court number 2 14) Ana Ivanovic (Ser) v (22) Julia Goerges (Ger), Jana Cepelova (Svk) v (2) Victoria Azarenka (Blr), (16) Marin Cilic (Cro) v Sam Querrey (USA), (4) Maria Kirilenko (Rus) & Nadia Petrova (Rus) v Serena Williams (USA) & Venus Williams (USA) are all playing today.
Elsewhere Defending Wimbledon champion Novak Djokovic avoided another Czech Republic Centre Court ambush when he reached the last 16 with a 4-6, 6-2, 6-2, 6-2 win over veteran Radek Stepanek on Friday. Meanwhile Six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer overcame a huge scare and battled back from two sets down to defeat Frenchman Julien Benneteau, the world No 32, and seal his place in fourth round.
Yaroslava Shvedova wins set without conceding a point Kazakhstan’s Yaroslava Shvedova made history on Saturday by becoming the first player to win a set at Wimbledon without conceding a point. The 24-year-old achieved the feat – known as a golden set – in moving one set up in her third-round match against the French Open runner-up, Sara Errani, on Court Three. She held serve three times and broke Errani each time to take 24 consecutive points, hitting 14 winners and four aces along the way. The set was wrapped up in 15 minutes. Shvedova went on to win the match 6-0, 6-3. Her feat had occurred only once previously at tour level. After defeating Laura Robson the other day, Italy’s 27th Seeded Francesca Schiavone is up agains 24th Seeded Czech Klara Zakopalova. Meanwhile Marria Sharapova overcomes windy conditions to defeat Hsieh Su-wei 6-1, 6-4 and will bow face last year’s semi-final rival Sabine Lisicki next
After defeating Rafael Nadal, Lukas Rosol was back in action, this time on court 12 against Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber. Incidentally Lukas Rosol’s surname translates rather splendidly as “jelly” but the Czech who made Rafa Nadal quiver and then collapse sees himself as a bit less wobbly than that. Sadly though Lukas Rosol crashed out in straight sets after Philipp Kohlschreiber won 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 (8-6)