Paszek wins battle with Wozniacki

  • Last Updated: June 27 2012, 19:47 BST

Eastbourne champion Tamira Paszek was the last woman standing after a marathon battle on Wimbledon's Centre Court with seventh seed Caroline Wozniacki.

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The Austrian world number 37 was on court for three hours and 12 minutes against the Dane - hardly a brisk workout - as she came back from a set down to spring a minor surprise.

Wozniacki became the second-highest seed to be dumped out of the women's draw - but despite her lofty ranking and former standing as world number one, her game is not considered to be one of the most solid on tour and so it proved as Paszek emerged a 5-7 7-6 (7/4) 6-4 winner.

Wozniacki, girlfriend of golf superstar Rory McIlroy, let two match points and 15 break points slip away in a match which was largely played under the stadium's roof due to outside drizzle.

It was not to be for Wozniacki and the big-hitting Paszek, who impressed with a fearless string of winners, went through at the expense of her fellow 21-year-old.

She did so with a break of serve in the 10th game of the third set - a third break in a row and the fifth of the set.

"It's not a nice feeling," Wozniacki said. "Especially after having two match points and not taking them.

"It wasn't that I played badly. She just went for them and that's it."

She added: "Maybe I should have played the match points differently, I don't know."

The match was stopped at 2-2 in the first set last night by rain and also interrupted again this afternoon when Paszek was serving at 5-4, forcing the players off.

She initially fluffed her lines under the roof, conceding serve twice in a row as Wozniacki stole the opening set.

The unpredictable nature of the contest continued into the second set - serve was broken in four of the first five games - before Wozniacki teed up match points in the 11th game. She was unable to cash them in, firing a forehand way beyond the baseline and the players went to a tie-break.

Again Wozniacki had chances but again she frittered them, slamming her racquet into the ground in frustration after another loose one-hander.

She looked to have regained her composure at the start of the decider, breaking to 2-0, before capsizing again, conceding serve in the fourth, eighth and 10th games.

With time on her hands now, Wozniacki was also asked whether she plans to visit McIlroy who starts play at the Irish Open on Thursday.

"To be honest, right now I don't know what I'm going to do," she said.

She was more committal when asked if her relationship with the Ryder Cup star was affecting her play, clearly stating: "No."