London - China's
Zhang Shuai made the Wimbledon fourth round for the first time on
Friday, coming back from 0-4 down in the opening set to beat former
world No 1 Caroline Wozniacki.
Zhang, the world No 60, is the first Chinese woman since Peng
Shuai in 2015 to reach the second week at the All England Club thanks to
her 6-4, 6-2 win over the 14th-seeded Dane.
Before this year, the 30-year-old Zhang had never won a main draw match at Wimbledon in five attempts.
It was a record which reflected her previous struggles - she was
0-14 at the Slams until she broke through to the 2016 Australian Open
On Friday, she fired 26 winners against just eight for Wozniacki and
goes on to face either Viktorija Golubic of Switzerland or Ukraine's
Wozniacki, the 2018 Australian Open champion, has never made it past the fourth round at Wimbledon.
Her affection for the tournament would not have been helped by her
unhappiness at what she claimed to be a number of poor calls by the
Hawkeye review system.
Wimbledon results on Friday (x denotes seeding):
Milos Raonic (CAN x15) bt Reilly Opelka (USA) 7-6 (7/1), 6-2, 6-1
Elina Svitolina (UKR x8) bt Maria Sakkari (GRE x31) 6-3, 6-7 (1/7), 6-2
Zhang Shuai (CHN) bt Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x14) 6-4, 6-2