Wimbledon 2022: Ons Jabeur and Jelena Ostapenko through to fourth round

By Jonathan JurejkoBBC Sport at Wimbledon
Wimbledon 2022 on the BBC
Venue: All England Club Dates: 27 June-10 July
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Tunisian third seed Ons Jabeur showcased her skill and variety to entertain the Wimbledon fans on the way to reaching the fourth round.

Jabeur, 27, dominated the early exchanges and that set the platform for a 6-2 6-3 win over French teenager Diane Parry on Centre Court.

She threatened to bagel Parry as she led 5-0 in the opening set but the 19-year-old made a fight of the contest.

Jabeur faces Belgium's Elise Mertens next after she beat Angelique Kerber.

World number 31 Mertens won 6-4 7-5 against the 2018 Wimbledon champion.

Earlier, world number 103 Tatjana Maria stunned Greece's fifth seed Maria Sakkari 6-3 7-5 to set up a fourth-round meeting with Jelena Ostapenko, who beat Irina-Camelia Begu.

Following the Greek player's exit, there are just four of the top 10 women's seeds left in the draw: top seed Iga Swiatek, Jabeur, American Jessica Pegula - seeded eighth - and Spanish fourth seed Paula Badosa.

After climbing to second in the WTA world rankings on the back of winning a grass-court title in Berlin, Jabeur is one of the players expected to challenge Swiatek's recent domination on a surface she loves.

Another quickfire win against Parry, which was actually her longest of the tournament despite only taking one hour and eight minutes, means she has not dropped a set this week.

Using her variety to good effect, she raced into a commanding lead against the talented Parry, who only got on the scoreboard after 32 minutes.

Parry burst on to the scene by shocking defending champion Barbora Krejcikova at the recent French Open, but looked slightly overawed on her Centre Court debut.

She improved towards the end of the first set and made the contest more competitive, only to hand the momentum in a tighter second set to Jabeur with a horror service game at 3-3.

Jabeur held to love and then broke again to quickly wrap up an eighth successive win on the grass, which demonstrates her credentials for landing a maiden Grand Slam title this fortnight.

She is joined in the fourth round by Latvian 12th seed Ostapenko, who came from a set down to beat Romania's Begu 3-6 6-1 6-1.

It marks the first time she has reached the last 16 of a Grand Slam since her 2018 run to the Wimbledon semi-finals.

Former French Open champion Ostapenko will face Maria next after the German upset world number five Sakkari.

Maria won 6-3 7-5, coming from 3-0 down in the second set to win the final three games and reach the fourth round of a major for the first time.

Sakkari said: "I think it was a very bad performance from myself. I just messed up with my game plan and everything."

Elsewhere on Friday, France's Caroline Garcia set-up a fourth-round meeting with the Czech Republic's Marie Bouzkova, after narrowly beating Zhang Shuai of China 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-5).

Bouzkova defeated American 28th seed Alison Riske 6-2 6-3, while Germany's Jule Niemeier beat Ukraine's Lesia Tsurenko 6-4 3-6 6-3 and will play Britain's Heather Watson next.

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