02 Jul 2021: 2021 Wimbledon: Liudmila Samsonova stuns Sloane Stephens, reaches last 16
Russian wildcard Liudmila Samsonova has stunned Sloane Stephens in the third round of 2021 Wimbledon. Samsonova knocked out the 2017 US Open champion after winning 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. The 22-year-old has reached the last 16 for the first time at a Grand Slam. Samsonova, who earlier defeated Jessica Pegula and Kaia Kanepi, has earned the biggest win of her career. Here's more.
Match: How did the match pan out?
Samsonova continued her dominant run in the tournament by claiming an early lead. She broke first, having extended her lead to 5-2. The Russian then earned a double break to win the first set. However, Stephens raised her game in the second set. She reeled off the first four games before winning the set point. Samsonova once again bounced back in the final set.
Fact: Samsonova extends her winning streak
This is only the sixth Grand Slam main draw for Samsonova, and her first Wimbledon. She has won three back-to-back matches at a Grand Slam event for the first time. Samsonova's incredible run to the Berlin title as a qualifier had earned her Wimbledon qualification.
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