Czech-mate for Li in Wimbledon third round

LONDON Fri Jun 27, 2014 11:18am EDT

1 of 2. Li Na of China hits a return to Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic during their women's singles tennis match at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships, in London June 27, 2014.

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LONDON (Reuters) - There was no end in sight to Li Na's unhappy association with Wimbledon as the world number two suffered a shock third round exit at Wimbledon on Friday, going down 7-6(5) 7-6(5) to the Czech Republic's Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.

Li was champion on red clay at Roland Garros in 2011 and on the hard courts of the Australian Open in January but grass has proved to be tougher surface to conquer for the popular Chinese player.

Her hopes of improving on three previous quarter-final appearances ended on Friday when she whipped a forehand long on match point to become the highest seed to fall so far at this year's championships.

Zahlavova Strycova raised her arms in triumph as she finally reached the second week of a grand slam at her 33rd attempt and after more than a decade of trying.

The 28-year-old will play former world number one Caroline Wozniacki for a place in the quarter-finals.

(Writing by Pritha Sarkar; editing by Clare Lovell)

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