LONDON, Great Britain - Jelena Ostapenko snapped her streak of eight straight three-setters to wrap up her clash with Italy's Camila Giorgi in two, dropping just five points in the last five games to move through, 7-5, 7-5, to keep her Grand Slam streak alive at Wimbledon.
"It was tough to play against her because she's the player that kind of doesn't give you a rhythm," Ostapenko said after the match. "She's hitting every ball so hard, serving so hard. For me was tough to get my game."
A junior champion back in 2014, the Latvian came to the All England Club on the heels of winning Roland Garros, and was trying to become the first maiden Slam champion to reach the second week at her next major tournament since Victoria Azarenka in 2012.
She appeared to be in for a tough test against Giorgi after narrowly winning her first two rounds against Aliaksandra Sasnovich and Francoise Abanda, extending her streak of playing three-set matches to eight.
"I was nervous in my second round here because it was a close match and I wasn't really playing my best tennis, and the opponent was playing pretty well.
"Today I wasn't feeling very nervous because, as I said, it was very tough to play against Giorgi. She had no rhythm, she was hitting every ball so hard. But I'm glad I finished my way."
Giorgi reached the fourth round of Wimbledon back in 2012, and turned around a 1-3 deficit to start the match and get within two points of the opening set.
"Both of us play aggressive tennis. I don't think I play like I hit every ball that hard. She's kind of player, as I said, she has no rhythm, she's going for every ball so hard. I try to play consistent and to think on court, and to play maybe some shots to keep it in and then, on some shots, to go for them when I feel comfortable. And of course follow the score, not to hit, like, every ball."
Ostapenko turned the tide from there, winning the last four games to recover the momentum.
The Italian had more chances in the second as she raced out to a 5-2 lead, only for the 20-year-old to catch fire one more time and secure the straight-set victory in 80 minutes on No.2 Court.
"I like to play on grass. Every year is getting slower and slower, so it's more difficult to play, because players have more time. But otherwise I really like because, if I can serve well and I return well, it's the surface that I can play good."
Ostapenko struck nearly twice as many winners to Giorgi (24 to 15), and only two more unforced errors (14 to 12) and converted five of eight break point opportunities to book a round of 16 encounter with No.4 seed Elina Svitolina for a spot in the quarterfinals on Manic Monday.
Svitolina turned around a tough second set to dispatch Carina Witthoeft earlier in the day to also reach the fourth round at Wimbledon for the first time.
In the meantime, Ostapenko will take the opportunity to explore the city.
"It's really nice. I have a couple of days off now. So I'm going to try maybe on couple of these days to see London a little bit or to see something, because I didn't really have much time to go anywhere because I was playing all these days and practicing."
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