28 Jun 2014

Zahlavova Strycova shocks Li Na at Wimbledon

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Photo: Paul ZimmerBarbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE)

The highest seed from either the men’s or women’s singles fell on the fifth day at Wimbledon when Li Na was ousted by Czech Republic’s Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 76(5) 76(5).

Zahlavova Strycova, who finished runner-up at Birmingham prior to coming to Wimbledon, made it through to the round of 16 for the first time in her 33rd Grand Slam appearance.

“I feel great here and I felt great on Birmingham,” said Zahlavova Strycova. “I believed in myself coming into this match. I thought I can do it. That’s what happened. I'm really glad I could pull this through.”

The Czech faces Caroline Wozniacki in the next round after the former world No. 1 ended 16-year-old Ana Konjuh’s run in the women’s singles this year.

Elsewhere in the women’s draw, Petra Kvitova won the battle of former Wimbledon champions with a 57 76(2) 75 victory over Venus Williams.

The 2011 champion will take on Peng Shuai in the round of 16 after the Chinese got through a tough encounter with USA’s Lauren Davis.

There was more good news for Czech Republic on Friday with wins for No. 23 Lucie Safarova and qualifier Tereza Smitkova, meaning half of the eight players already through to the round of 16 are Czech.

Safarova and Smitkova will meet on Monday. Agnieszka Radwanska will meet Ekaterina Makarova in the other round of 16 match.

In the men’s draw the biggest surprise of the day came when Marin Cilic defeated No. 6 seed Tomas Berdych. Cilic will play Jeremy Chardy in the last 16 after the Frenchman found a way past Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Kevin Anderson also knocked out No. 16 seed Fabio Fognini to set up a round of 16 encounter with defending champion Andy Murray on Monday.

Top seed Novak Djokovic took a tumble on Centre Court against Gilles Simon but found a way to progress to the round of 16, where he will meet another Frenchman in Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

No. 11 seed Grigor Dimitrov continued his fine form on grass and set up a last 16 clash with Argentina’s Leonard Mayer.

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