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Lu defeated twice, Hsieh wins doubles

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AGENCIES, LONDON

Hsieh, who had 16 unforced errors in her defeat, admitted that her exit from the singles initially affected her performance in the doubles match.

“I let my poor performance carry into my doubles match, but I started to recover in the second set,” she wrote.

However, Hsieh said that Peng is in good form and encouraged her when she was nervous, which helped her recover.

Hsieh, currently ranked 16th in doubles, and Peng, 23rd, are hoping to win at Wimbledon and other Grand Slam events, Hsieh said.

Also to play yesterday was Taiwan’s last hope in the singles draw, Jimmy Wang, who will play Tommy Haas of Germany, the 13th-seed at Wimbledon, and Chan Hao-ching, who faced Jelena Jankovic and Mirjana Lucic-Baron with Spanish partner Anabel Medina Garrigues.

Also avoiding an early exit yesterday was China’s Li Na, who snapped out of a mid-match meltdown to beat in-form Romanian Simona Halep and reach the third round of Wimbledon.

The 31-year-old former French Open champion went through the motions as she surrendered the second set meekly, but recovered to win a curious match 6-2, 1-6, 6-0.

Halep, who had won 11 consecutive matches coming into Wimbledon, needed an injury time-out for treatment on her back at the end of the first set and the break seemed to rattle Li who committed a rash of errors in a woeful second set.

With coach Carlos Rodriguez watching on sternly, Li buckled down again and streaked ahead in the decider thanks to some heavy groundstrokes.

The sixth seed, whose best run at Wimbledon saw her reach the quarter-finals in 2006 and 2010, will face either Germany’s Annika Beck or Czech Klara Zakopalova in the third round.

After a day of slips, strained shoulders and aching knees, seven-times champion Federer was expected to glide serenely above the mayhem around him when he stepped out on Centre Court to play Ukraine’s Sergiy Stakhovsky.

Three hours later, on what former champion John McEnroe called “the craziest day ever,” the Swiss great’s dream of an eighth title was over.

Nadal’s first-round defeat by Darcis on Monday created shockwaves, but Wednesday’s seismic events went off the scale.

Ten seeds perished and the seven players to withdraw or retire mid-match was record for a single day at a Grand Slam.

Croatian 10th seed Marin Cilic, who could not take to the court to play France’s Kenny de Schepper after a knee injury flared up, described Wednesday as a “very black day.”

Third-seed Sharapova was sent across the grounds to the bowl-like Court Two to face Portuguese firebrand Michelle Larcher de Brito and found the 131st-ranked qualifier too hot to handle as she slipped and slid to a 6-3, 6-4 defeat.

Sharapova needed a 10-minute injury timeout after one of several falls left her clutching her hip and at one stage was overheard describing the court surface as “dangerous.”

“I don’t think I’ve ever fallen three times in a match before in my career, so that was a little strange,” the Russian former champion said.

Women’s ninth seed Caroline Wozniacki also fell on Court Two in her defeat by Czech Petra Cetkovska while second seed Azarenka did not even start against Italy’s Flavia Pennetta due to the knee injury she suffered in a first-round tumble.

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