London: Chinese star Li Na crashed out of Wimbledon yesterday in another twist to her love-hate relationship with the tournament.Second seed Li lost 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5) in the third round to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic with the defeat coming hot on the heels of her shock first round exit at the French Open.
Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova celebrates her win against China's Li Na in Round Three at Wimbledon yesterday. Pic/AFP.
In eight appearances at Wimbledon, the 32-year-old Li has still never got beyond the quarter-finals. The match ended in bizarre circumstances with Li, facing match point, successfully challenging a forehand which had been called long.
China's Li Na in Round Three at Wimbledon yesterday. Pic/AFP.
But the 28-year-old Zahlavova Strycova, the world number 43 who will next face Caroline Wozniacki, was able to quickly celebrate victory for real when Li served up a seventh double fault on the replayed point.