Azarenka crashes out of Wimbledon

Two-time Australian Open winner loses in three sets in the second round but Li Na is safely through to the next stage.

    Azarenka is a two-time semi-finalist here at Wimbledon [GALLO/GETTY]
    Azarenka is a two-time semi-finalist here at Wimbledon [GALLO/GETTY]

    Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka is out of Wimbledon, beaten 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 by Bojana Jovanovski in a second-round match.

    the number-eight seed Azarenka had more winners - 46 to 27 - than Jovanovski and also more total points, 104-101, but wasn't able to take advantage of her break-point opportunities.

    A two-time semifinalist at Wimbledon, Azarenka converted only three of 16 chances, while the Serbian player was good on four of seven opportunities.

    Azarenka had been recovering from a left foot injury and had a three-month layoff ahead of the grass-court season.

    Meanwhile, Australian Open champion Li Na advanced to the third round at Wimbledon with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Yvonne Meusburger of Austria.

    The second-seeded Li had two early service breaks and was also broken once on her service early in the second set, but took control at 4-2 and then broke the Austrian player a third time in the set.

    Serving for the match, Li clinched the win with consecutive forehands to the open court and then a cross-court backhand volley.

    In another match, five-time champion Venus Williams overcame a slow start to beat Kurumi Nara 7-6, 6-1 to reach the third round of a major for only the second time in her last 10 Grand Slam tournaments.

    The 30th-seeded American won six straight points in the tiebreaker and ran off six straight games in the second set to beat Nara on Court 3 at the All England Club.

    Other results (selected):

    Petra Kvitova beat Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-0

    Ekaterina Makarova beat Misaki Doi 7-5, 6-4

    Agnieszka Radwanska beat Casey Dellacqua 6-4, 6-0 


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