London - Barbora Zahlavova Strycova has claimed another famous scalp at Wimbledon as the unseeded Czech moved into the quarter-finals with a 6-2, 7-5 victory against former world number one Caroline Wozniacki on Monday.Zahlavova
Strycova, the world number 43, had enjoyed the best win of her career
in the previous round when she defeated Chinese second seed Li Na and
she added Danish 16th seed Wozniacki to her list of upsets, converting a
sixth match point to move into the last eight at a Grand Slam for the
first time at the 32nd attempt.
The 28-year-old, who served a
six-month ban for doping last year, will play compatriot Petra Kvitova
for a place in the semi-finals.
Asked about her revival after the
drugs suspension, Zahlavova Strycova admitted she almost quit after
testing positive for banned stimulant sibutramine at the 2012 Luxembourg
"I didn't want to play again because I felt like it's a little bit unfair," she said.
the first two months, I didn't want to come back. It was tough, but on
the other hand, it also brings me some positive things. I am seeing the
sport a little bit different now. And here I am."
Kvitova, who won the Wimbledon title in 2011, routed world number 61
Peng Shuai of China 6-3, 6-2 in just one hour on Court Two.
The 24-year-old has now reached the last eight at Wimbledon for five successive years.
of the four quarter-finalists in the bottom half of the draw are Czech
after 23rd seed Lucie Safarova ended the fairytale run of teenager
Tereza Smitkova, the lowest ranked woman left in the tournament, with a
6-0, 6-2 victory.
World number 175 Smitkova was attempting to
become only the seventh qualifier to reach the quarter-finals, but the
19-year-old was thrashed by in just 47 minutes.
Safarova can look
forward to her first Wimbledon quarter-final appearance, which will also
be the 27-year-old's first last-eight clash at a Grand Slam since 2007.
opponent will be either Polish fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, beaten
by Serena Williams in the 2012 Wimbledon final, or Russian 22nd seed
star Eugenie Bouchard booked her first appearance in the Wimbledon
quarter-finals as the 13th seed defeated Alize Cornet 7-6 (7/5), 7-5.
20-year-old underlined her growing reputation by seeing off French 25th
seed Cornet, who had caused one of the great Wimbledon upsets in the
previous round when she defeated world number one Serena Williams.
reaching the semi-finals at the Australian and French Opens already
this year, Bouchard, a junior Wimbledon winner in 2012, will aim to make
it three in a row at the majors when she faces either world number five
Maria Sharapova or German ninth seed Angelique Kerber in the last
"It's great to be in the quarters at Wimbledon, that's what
I work so hard for," Bouchard said. "But I want to go one step further
so I have to keep focused."
Sabine Lisicki, last year's Wimbledon
beaten finalist, finally downed former world number one Ana Ivanovic on
Monday to give herself a place in the last 16.
In a third round
match called off for bad light on Saturday, and then interrupted by rain
early on Monday, the German 19th seed eventually beat the Serbian 11th
seed 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 on Court One.
She faces Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova on Tuesday for a place in the quarter-finals.
always have a first here at Wimbledon so it was quite fitting to have
the match suspended due to darkness, not play on the Sunday, come back,
play, rain and then finish it. Finally we did it," Lisicki said.
the world number 65, was leading 7-6 (9/7), 6-6 when American teenager
Madison Keys pull out prior to the scheduled restart of their third
round tie due to a left thigh injury.
Wimbledon results on Monday, the seventh day of the 2014 championships at the All England Club (x denotes seeded player):
Stanislas Wawrinka (SUI x5) bt Denis Istomin (UZB) 6-3, 6-3, 6-4
Kei Nishikori (JPN x10) bt Simone Bolelli (ITA) 3-6, 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7/4), 6-4
Lucie Safarova (CZE x23) bt Tereza Smitkov (CZE) 6-0, 6-2
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (CZE) bt Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x16) 6-2, 7-5
Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ) bt Madison Keys (USA) 7-6 (9/7), 6-6 - retired