Updated: 06/28/2014 00:47 | By Agence France-Presse

Li Na knocked out of Wimbledon

Chinese second seed and Australian Open champion Li Na was knocked out of Wimbledon on Friday, losing 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5) in the third round to Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of the Czech Republic.


Li Na knocked out of Wimbledon

China's Li Na returns to Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova during their women's singles third round match on day five of the 2014 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on June 27, 2014 - by Andrew Cowie

The defeat followed a first round exit for Li at the French Open last month as Wimbledon again proved her undoing.

In eight appearances at the All England Club, the 32-year-old 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.

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.

Victory represented a first last-16 spot at a major for the Czech in her 32nd Grand Slam appearance.

"I am very happy. I played a great match and I believed I could do it. It's my biggest win," said the player whose low-key career only previously hit the headlines when she served a six-month doping ban in 2013.

Zahlavova Strycova said she did not hear Li challenge on match point against the background of noise in Court One.

"I thought it was over. I had to get my concentration back but happily, for me, she served a double fault."

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