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Wozniacki blasts Hawkeye as Zhang powers to victory


Exit: Caroline Wozniacki slips to defeat against Shuai Zhang at Wimbledon yesterday
Exit: Caroline Wozniacki slips to defeat against Shuai Zhang at Wimbledon yesterday

By Eleanor Crooks

Caroline Wozniacki called Hawkeye "crazy" and "absurd" after she crashed out to Shuai Zhang in the third round of Wimbledon yesterday.

The former World No.1 was beaten 6-4 6-2 on Court Two in a match where she felt let down by technology.

Wozniacki was aggrieved at two baseline calls made by Hawkeye in the second set, which ruled the ball in after initially being called out by the line judge, both handing Zhang the points after the Chinese challenged.

She vented her frustration to umpire Nacho Forcadell, who agreed with the Dane that the ball looked out, saying: "It's so ridiculous.

"This is supposed to be a Championships match, this is absurd. It's crazy."

The calls would not have mattered had Wozniacki been able to build on a start which saw her lead 4-0 in the first set, but the Chinese, who dumped Caroline Garcia out in the opening round, won 12 of the next 14 games to blitz her way to victory.

Wozniacki was more pragmatic in her press conference, saying that the technology was "not in the ideal place".

She said: "I mean, at this point it doesn't matter. It is what it is. Maybe the Hawkeye was right. Maybe I just saw it wrong. I don't know.

"But you trust Hawkeye normally. You trust that it tells you the right thing. Sometimes you do see the balls a little differently than what the Hawkeye is.

"At least you know, okay, you can get it out of your mind. I do believe that it was not in the ideal place today."

Umpire Forcadell said that they would look at it for the next match, but that was of little use to Wozniacki.

She said: "He saw it differently and the linesmen saw it differently (to Hawkeye) as well. But then again, there's nothing you can do about it. It is what it is.

"That's what he said, for the next match. Well, I don't have a next match, so..."

Meanwhile, Petra Martic progressed into the next round after she won in three sets over Danielle Collins.

Elsewhere, Cori Gauff is not the only teenager in town in the women's draw as Dayana Yastremska booked her place in the fourth round by beating Viktorija Golubic 7-5 6-3.

The 19-year-old is having a dream SW19 and will play Zhang next.

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