Lesia Tsurenko progressed to the fourth round of Wimbledon on Friday after beating Ana Bogdan in the longest tiebreak in a women’s singles match in Grand Slam history.
World No. 57 Bogdan took the opening set 6-4 before Ukraine’s Tsurenko, ranked three spots lower than her Romanian opponent, bounced back to bag the second 6-3.
However, in the final set tiebreak, Tsurenko saved converted her seventh match point after saving five match points herself to prevail 20-18 on Court 14 in a fixture that lasted three hours 40 minutes.
The previous longest tiebreak in a women’s Grand Slam singles match was 36 points, in the opening set of Denisa Allertova’s win over Johanna Konta in the first round of the 2015 French Open.
It also matched the 38-point one in the first set of Andy Roddick’s victory over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the 2007 Australian Open first round.
Both Tsurenko and Bogdan suffered from cramps and needed medical timeouts in the final set.
Tsurenko, who has reached the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time, next faces fourth-seeded American Jessica Pegula.
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