London — Top seed Angelique Kerber was knocked out of the last 16 of Wimbledon by Garbine Muguruza on Monday, ensuring she will lose her world No1 ranking and marking the ninth consecutive time Kerber has failed to beat a top-20 opponent. Muguruza won 4-6 6-4 6-4 and has now beaten Kerber in five straight matches. Romanian Simona Halep could now take the world No1 crown if she reaches the semifinals at Wimbledon. Halep beat Victoria Azarenka on Monday to move into the quarters, where she will face Johanna Konta. There was a bitter irony for Kerber who, despite being somewhat hampered by her left knee, produced her best display in months and yet bids farewell to Wimbledon and her status as the world’s best.

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