Another day, another major upset on the women’s side of things at Wimbledon. Unranked Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia defeated third-ranked Karolina Pliskova 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 on Thursday. It’s Rybarikova’s first win over a top 10 opponent this year and seventh such win in her career.
It’s the deepest Rybarikova has advanced in any major since 2015, when she also made it to the third round at Wimbledon. While Rybarikova has been as high as 31st in the WTA Tour Rankings, that was all the way back in August of 2013. She’s currently 87th.
But none of that mattered on Thursday as the 28-year-old Slovakian brought her best tennis to her best surface, overcoming a poor first set to dispatch Pliskova, one of the pre-tournament favorites. Rybarikova converted on five of her six break points and won 69 percent of her points at the net. Pliskova on the other hand converted on just three of 11 break points and was 41 percent at the net.
Hoping to continue her unlikely run, Rybarikova faces unranked Ukranian Lesia Tsurenko on Saturday.