Li Na

Li Na cruises into second round at Wimbledon

Chinese sixth seed has no trouble in dispatching Krajicek 6-1, 6-1, but Zheng Jie crashes out

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 26 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 26 June, 2013, 5:02am

Li Na, the Chinese sixth seed, raced into the second round at Wimbledon with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 defeat of Michaella Krajicek yesterday.

The 31-year-old wasted little time on the Court 12 show court as she demolished her Dutch opponent in 67 minutes.

Li, the 2011 French Open champion, faces either Olga Govortsova of Belarus or Romania's Simona Halep in the second round.

Li broke in the first game and broke again to make it 4-1. The Chinese won the first set when Krajicek misfired twice on a deuce.

Li broke early in the second set and did not look back from there, giving her opponent the runaround on the court, the Dutch right-hander scampering from one side to the other behind the baseline.

Krajicek offered some brief resistance on serve to make it 5-1 in the second set, then had break point twice in the next game on deuces.

But Li eventually won it on her third match point when Krajicek sent a return of serve long.

She signed autographs for Chinese fans who mobbed her on the courtside.

Her joy was in stark contrast to her bitter second-round exit to America's Bethanie Mattek-Sands at the French Open.

The sixth seed's Wimbledon best was reaching the 2006 and 2010 quarter-finals, though she tumbled in the second round on her last two All England Club outings.

Krajicek, 24, the sister of 1996 men's Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek, has dropped to 575 in the world rankings due to injury problems but gained entry into the draw at the All England Club through her protected ranking of 105. The 2004 US Open girls' champion was making her first Wimbledon appearance since her first-round loss in 2008.

Meanwhile Li's compatriot Zheng Jie missed the chance of setting up a rematch with Serena Williams when she lost in straight sets to French qualifier Caroline Garcia, who is ranked 100th in the world.

Zheng, the world number 47, lost 6-3, 6-4 in an hour and 20 minutes in a clash on the outside courts. The mainlander had two break points in the match and failed to take either of them.

Garcia now faces defending champion Williams in the second round, after the world number one saw off Luxembourg's Mandy Minella 6-1, 6-3.

Men's top seed Novak Djokovic proved rock solid as he cruised past Germany's Florian Mayer 6-3, 7-5, 6-4 to reach the second round. The Serb broke 34th-ranked Mayer's opening service game and never looked troubled on Centre Court, wrapping up victory by swiping away a winning forehand.