LONDON, June 27 (Xinhua) -- Sixth seed Li Na of China said it was pretty far to be the champion after she reached her three-year-best stage on Thursday and had witnessed so many big names' early exits at Wimbledon.
The Chinese top player overcame a blip in second set and rallied to beat Simona Halep 6-2, 1-6 and 6-0 to enter the third round, which was her first return to the last-32 of this Grand Slam event since 2010.
"I think I was pretty good beginning of the match even until the first set," said the 31-year-old. She only needed 29 minutes to win the opening set.
"But at end of the first set, she called official. I thought, maybe she retire or something. I already like lose concentration on the court."
The world number 32 of Romania, who asked to receive a lengthy treatment after the opening set, found her pace in the next set to regain the momentum, causing Li Na to suffer most of her 14 unforced errors in total of the 85-minute match.
However, Li Na, the quarter finalist in 2006 and 2010, calmed down to break her opponent three times and win six straight games to seal the victory.
"She kicks your ass already in the second set. Wake up, she Ok. So you should ready for a final set," added by the winner.
Li Na said she was surprised to see many top players including the second seed Victoria Azarenka and third-seeded Maria Sharapova have stopped journey at second round on Wednesday, when seven players in total pulled out of the Championships due to injury.
"Yesterday I was feeling a little bit, I don't know, how do you say, I know this is bad, but I have to say it's worst for Wimbledon, for history, because many stars were out of the tournament, and also so many pulled our for the injury," said the 2011 French Open winner.
So far, Li Na, together with the holder Serena Williams and fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska, are the top-three ranked players in women's singles left at Wimbledon.
Li Na, whose best result here is reaching the last eight, said she needed to go round by round.
"I only won two rounds. So it is pretty far to be the champion, you know. So for me just round by round to do my best."