LONDON (AP) — A year that started with another Grand Slam title for Li Na has turned into a major disappointment.
On a day when top-seeded Novak Djokovic had a nasty-looking fall, defending champion Andy Murray easily advanced and five-time champion Venus Williams lost, Australian Open winner Li was eliminated 7-6 (5), 7-6 (5) in the third round by Barbora Zahlavova Strycova in the first major upset at Wimbledon.
At the French Open, where she won her first Grand Slam in 2011, Li was beaten by Kristina Mladenovic of France in the first round. The second-seeded Li, who did not play at any of the grass-court warm-up tournaments over the past two weeks, looked out of sorts for most of the match Friday.
"I think I made a wrong decision, I needed to play some matches before the big one," said Li, who failed to convert a set point in the second set.
Williams lost 5-7, 7-6 (2), 7-5 to 2011 Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova. The length of the match was no surprise — the sixth-seeded Kvitova, who broke No. 30 Williams for the first time in the last game of the 2 hour, 30-minute match, had won three of the four previous matches and all had gone to three sets.
"I knew that Venus can play unbelievable on the grass and that is what she did," Kvitova said.
Djokovic overcame a hard fall in the third set to advance to the fourth round with a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 Centre Court win over Gilles Simon. Leading 3-2 in the third set and with Simon serving, Djokovic lunged for a forehand shot and fell hard to the grass, rolling over and grabbing his upper left arm and grimacing in pain.
But after taking a medical timeout and receiving treatment by a trainer, he recovered to play out the final four games of the match, breaking Simon's serve in the final game, his seventh break in the match.
"I basically had a strong impact on the shoulder," Djokovic said. "When I stood up, I felt that click or pop. I feared maybe it might be a dislocated shoulder ... or joint problem.
"But luckily for me it was only an impact that had a minor effect on the joint and the muscles around, but no damage, significant, that can cause a bigger problem. I just came from the doctor's office, ultrasound. It's all looking good."
Djokovic will next play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who beat Jimmy Wang of Taiwan 6-2, 6-2, 7-5, in the fourth round on Monday.