Iga Swatek will face France’s Aliz Cornet in the round of 16 for a place at Wimbledon.© AFP

Poland’s top seed Iga Swiatek beat Dutch lucky loser Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 on Thursday ) to advance to the third round of Wimbledon for the 37th consecutive game. Swatek, who has won her last six matches including the French Open, broke serve three times in the first set as both players struggled to keep serve. A break in the seventh game of the second set gave Pattinama Kerkhove the chance he needed to get back on his feet.

Swatek found his form again in the tiebreaker as the shadows of the first match elongated to claim the victory on his first match point.

She will face France’s Alize Cornet in the round of 16.

Halep advances to third round

Former Wimbledon champion Simone Halep defeated Kirsten Flickens 7-5, 6-4 to advance to the third round of the All England Club on Thursday.

Both players struggled to hold serve throughout the match on Two, with former world No. 1 Halep breaking her Belgian opponent six times.

The Romanian, who won the championship in 2019, slipped to 18th in the world ranking.

The defeat marked the end of the 36-year-old Flipkens’ singles career.

The players hugged at the net and Flipkens, who reached the semifinals in 2013, kissed the court.

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Halep will face Poland’s Magdalena Frech in the round of 32.

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