Friday, August 22, 2014

Li bounced but Djokovic advances

LONDON—Australian Open champion and second-seeded Li Na was eliminated 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) today by Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the first major upset at Wimbledon.
Li looked out of sorts for most of the third-round match on Court 1 and blew a set point in the second set.

In men’s play, top-seeded Novak Djokovic overcame a hard fall in the third set to advance to the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 Centre Court win over Gilles Simon.
Leading 3-2 in the third set and with Simon serving, Djokovic lunged for a forehand shot and fell hard to the grass—rolling over and grabbing his upper left arm while grimacing in pain.
But after taking a medical time-out and receiving treatment by a trainer, he recovered to play out the final four games of the match—breaking Simon’s serve in the final game.
“It was a sharp pain,” Djokovic said. “It was an awkward fall.
“I was just hoping there is nothing really bad with the joint.
“Luckily there is nothing damaged,” he noted. “I could play. Just the muscle was quite sore because of the impact.
“All in all I’m just glad to get through.”
Djokovic will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Jimmy Wang of Taiwan 6-2, 6-2, 7-5, in the fourth round Monday.
Due to rain delays, Tsonga has played on all five days of the tournament.
“There is two days off, I’m going to try to recover and get ready,” Djokovic said.
Zahlavova Strycova, meanwhile, called her win over Li the biggest of her career.
Li won the first of her two Grand Slam titles at the French Open in 2011 and had reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon three times.
“When you go on court, you have to believe in yourself,” said the 43rd-ranked Zahlavova Strycova.
“I thought I could do it and I was pushing myself a lot.”
In other matches, French Open finalist Simona Halep and former No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki won their matches after rain delayed the start of play for about 30 minutes.
Later today, defending champ Andy Murray took a 15-match winning streak at the All England Club into the third round against 27th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain.
Murray won six matches in a row at the place to earn a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, then seven in a row during Wimbledon last year en route to the title.
He added another two so far this week.

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