World No.43 Barbora Zahlavova Strycova scored her first Top 10 victory, battling through two tiebreaks to beat second seed Li Na in the third round of Wimbledon 7-6(5) 7-6(5). This grasscourt season has been stunning for the Czech, who reached the final of Birmingham and then, after falling in the first round of ‘s-Hertogenbosch, recorded impressive victories over Alla Kudryavtseva, Elena Vesnina and now Li Na at Wimbledon.
The 28-year-old is in the fourth round of a Grand Slam for the first time, where she will face seed No.16 Caroline Wozniacki. With her tennis shining bright, Wozniacki won nine straight games to close out Ana Konjuh 6-3 6-0 and reach the round of 16 at Wimbledon for the first time since 2011.
Bizarre stats: Zahlavova Strycova used to be 0-28 against Top 13 players, having won one of 57 sets – imagine, that sole set she won against Li at 2011 Roland Garros!
Did you know? Barbora Strycova added the last name Zahlavova when she married Jakub Zahlava, now already seven and a half years ago. Jakub used to be her coach, but now her coach is Jerome Adamec. (photo: Jimmie48)