London, United Kingdom – World number two Ons Jabeur beat French teenager Diane Parry 6-2, 6-3 on Friday to cruise through to the fourth round at Wimbledon.
The Tunisian had too much for the 19-year-old in their clash on Centre Court, breaking her five times and hitting 22 winners.
Jabeur, a quarter-finalist at the All England Club last year, will face 24th seed Elise Mertens in the last 16 after the Belgian defeated 2018 champion Kerber 6-4, 7-5.
Meanwhile, Novak Djokovic comfortably reached the last 16, the three-time defending champion demolishing Serbian compatriot Miomir Kecmanovic 6-0, 6-3, 6-4 to stay on course to pull level with Pete Sampras as a seven-time champion, one behind Roger Federer’s men’s record.
Friday’s win was the 330th of Djokovic’s Grand Slam career.
“So far, so good,” said the 35-year-old top seed after beating a player who described him as his “idol”.
“I expect high standards from myself. You always want to raise the level and things are shaping up well.”
Waiting in the fourth round is Dutch wild card Tim van Rijthoven.
Playing in his debut Grand Slam main draw, the world number 104 defeated 22nd seed Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia, 6-4, 6-3, 6-4.
The 25-year-old Van Rijthoven proved his prowess on grass by winning the ‘s-Hertogenbosch title last month, defeating world number one Daniil Medvedev in the final.
“Before the tournament started, it was a dream for me to play Djokovic,” said Van Rijthoven, only the seventh man since 2000 to reach the round of 16 on his Grand Slam debut.
“So to be able to have that chance and to maybe even play on Centre Court or Court 1 is beautiful and magical.”
Maria Sakkari became the sixth top-10 women’s seed to crash out in the first week.
Greek fifth seed Sakkari lost 6-3, 7-5 to German world number 103 Tatjana Maria, who only returned to the tour last year after maternity leave.
Maria, in the fourth round of a Slam for the first time, will face former French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko for a place in the quarter-finals.
“It feels amazing, first time in the last 16, so that’s amazing. To win against Sakkari today, it’s pretty awesome,” said mother-of-two Maria.
Ostapenko, a semi-finalist at the All England Club in 2018, took her winners count to 102 over three rounds by defeating Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 3-6, 6-1, 6-1.
Germany’s Jule Niemeier followed up her win over second seed Anette Kontaveit by seeing off Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko in three sets.