Thursday 21 March 2019

Caroline Wozniacki loses her cool after hopes bite dust

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of Czech Republic on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark during her Ladies' Singles fourth round match against Barbora Zahlavova Strycova of Czech Republic on day seven of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club in London, England. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Nigel Whittaker

Caroline Wozniacki's Wimbledon resurgence is over after Czech Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova beat her in an occasionally bad-tempered fourth-round match.

The Dane, who was bidding to reach the quarter-finals for the first time, fell under a blitz of big hits. Zahlavova-Strycova, who knocked out second seed Li Na in the previous round, hit an astonishing 31 winners in her 6-2 7-5 victory.

But it was the time she took between points that really riled Wozniacki. With the Czech 3-1 ahead in the second set, Wozniacki lost her cool over how long it took Zahlavova-Strycova to tie her shoes.

"She's taking a minute between points," she said to the umpire. "Every time it's something."

Wozniacki succeeded in breaking back during that game but, serving with the score at 5-6 in the 11th game, she succumbed.

The former world No 1 held off five match points before pushing a backhand volley wide on the sixth, enabling a player who was banned for drugs last year to reach a Grand Slam quarter-final for the first time.

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