Zhang Shuai had never before been past the first round of Wimbledon, but this fortnight the Chinese is through to the fourth round, following up her straight-set victories over Caroline Garcia and Yanina Wickmayer with a convincing 6-4 6-2 triumph over Caroline Wozniacki.
The 14th-seeded Wozniacki opened the third-round match with a 4-0 40-15 lead, having two break points to go 5-0 up, but Zhang then won 14 out of the next 12 games, as her aggressive game started producing results. From 0-4 Zhang raced to 6-4 in 25 minutes, benefiting from Wozniacki’s horrible break point conversion.
In the second set, the 50th-ranked Zhang quickly neutralized Wozniacki’s early break and stormed to a 4-1 lead. On Wozniacki’s serve at 5-2, Zhang converted her second match point by winning what was probably the longest rally of the match with a backhand volley winner.
The world No.9 doubles player Zhang was superb at the net, winning 16 out of 18 points, while her weakest aspect were points behind her second serve, as she won just five out of 18.