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Ostapenko outguns Giorgi to reach Wimbledon second week

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French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko won her 10th straight Grand Slam match to reach the fourth round of Wimbledon for the first time in her career.

Latvian tennis player snapped her streak of eight straight three-setters to wrap up her clash with Italy's Camila Giorgi in two, dropping just five points in the last five games to move through, 7-5, 7-5, to keep her Grand Slam streak alive at Wimbledon.

"It was tough to play against her because she's the player that kind of doesn't give you a rhythm," Ostapenko said after the match. "She's hitting every ball so hard, serving so hard. For me was tough to get my game."

A junior champion back in 2014, the Latvian came to the All England Club on the heels of winning Roland Garros, and was trying to become the first maiden Slam champion to reach the second week at her next major tournament since Victoria Azarenka in 2012.

She appeared to be in for a tough test against Giorgi after narrowly winning her first two rounds against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Francoise Abanda, extending her streak of playing three-set matches to eight.

"I was nervous in my second round here because it was a close match and I wasn't really playing my best tennis, and the opponent was playing pretty well.

"Today I wasn't feeling very nervous because, as I said, it was very tough to play against Giorgi. She had no rhythm, she was hitting every ball so hard. But I'm glad I finished my way."

07-07-2017
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