Serena crashes out to Cornet

  • Last Updated: June 28 2014, 22:39 BST

A review of Saturday's action in the women's singles at Wimbledon.

Alize Cornet of France ousted top seed Serena Williams
Alize Cornet of France ousted top seed Serena Williams

Top seed Serena Williams crashed out of Wimbledon at the hands of Frenchwoman Alize Cornet in a tense three-set battle.

The five-time champion lost to the French 25th seed for the second time in 2014, slipping out in the third-round clash 1-6 6-3 6-4.

For the first time since 2006, neither Serena nor Venus Williams will appear in the second week of the Wimbledon ladies' singles competition.

Maria Sharapova completed a clinical march through the first week with a straight-sets victory over American Alison Riske.

The 2004 champion is yet to drop a set in the tournament, booking her slot in the last 16 with a routine 6-3 6-0 victory over the world number 44.

Sharapova unpicked 23-year-old Riske's game plan, overturning a break deficit in the first set and then striding to her triumph with ease.

Romanian Simona Halep might also increasingly fancy her chances of a maiden grand slam title.

She breezed to a 6-4 6-1 victory over Swiss player Belinda Bencic and will face Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas in the fourth round.

Germany's Angelique Kerber, a Wimbledon semi-finalist in 2012, scored a fine 3-6 6-3 6-2 win over Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, who reached the last four 12 months ago.

And Eugenie Bouchard remains on course for another run deep into a grand slam, with the Canadian having already reached semi-finals in Australia and France this year.

She was too strong for German Andrea Petkovic, earning a 6-3 6-4 victory that earns her a shot at Cornet.

"I think Alize Cornet is playing good tennis," Bouchard said.

"I know she beat Serena twice already this year. To beat the number one player in the world is no easy feat. I'm looking forward to a battle on Monday."