Venus Williams has become the latest former champion to be knocked out at Wimbledon.
Her sister Serena Williams is still going strong, though, after overcoming her toughest test so far this week.
Venus couldn’t make it a third consecutive comeback triumph as she lost to 20th-seeded Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands 6-2, 6-7 (5), 8-6 in the third round on Friday.
“Just ran out of time in the end,” Venus said. “She played really well. You have to win the last point, and I didn’t succeed in that today.”
She is the fourth former women’s champion to get knocked out, joining Maria Sharapova, Petra Kvitova and last year’s winner Garbine Muguruza.
That leaves Serena as the only remaining woman to have won the tournament. The seven-time champion came from a break down in the first set to get past Kristina Mladenovic 7-5, 7-6 (2).
Venus had rallied from a set down in her first two matches. Her exit means eight of the top 10 seeded women have gone out before the end of Week 1.
The 38-year-old American, last year’s runner-up, was the oldest women’s singles entrant in 2018.
Serena took her Wimbledon winning streak to 17 matches, thanks in part to 13 aces. She missed last year’s tournament while pregnant.
She faces another mother in the fourth round Monday: 120th-ranked qualifier Evgeniya Rodina of Russia, who upset No. 10 seed Madison Keys of the U.S.
“Serena is my idol,” Rodina said. “So it will be great to play against her.”
Keys also came up short with a comeback attempt after fighting back from a set and two breaks down, losing 7-5, 5-7, 6-4.
In a match full of big swings, Keys led 5-2 in the first set before Rodina won the next nine games to go 4-0 up in the second.
The American player won five games in a row to level and then broke back to make it 4-4 in the third set, but Rodina earned another break to secure victory.
Rodina, through to the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, was 0-15 against top-20 ranked opponents before Friday’s win.
In the men’s tournament, fourth-seeded Alexander Zverev completed another excellent comeback to reach the third round.
Zverev beat Taylor Fritz of the U.S. 6-4, 5-7, 6-7 (0), 6-1, 6-2 in a match that was suspended on Thursday after the third set.
Zverev erased a 2-1 deficit in sets three times to reach the quarterfinals of the French Open, his best result at a Grand Slam.
No. 8 Kevin Anderson beat No. 25 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-3, 7-5, 7-5 after losing just eight of 61 points on his first serve, while Gael Monfils of France advanced to the fourth round for the first time by knocking out last year’s semifinalist Sam Querrey 5-7, 6-4, 6-4, 6-2.