Caroline Wozniacki loses her cool after hopes bite dust
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.