Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska in ruthless form to reach Wimbledon third round
Defending champion Petra Kvitova made light work of Japan’s Kurumi Nara in the Wimbledon second round as the Czech cruised through with a straight-sets win.
Kvitova dropped just one game in her opening match against Kiki Bertens on Monday, and she gave away only two against Nara in a 6-2, 6-0 victory.
The second seed will next play either Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina or Serbian Jelena Jankovic as she looks to add a third title to those she won in 2011 and 2014.
“I’m really happy with how I played today and how I managed to win,” Kvitova said.
“I didn’t play yesterday so I’m happy with that performance, it was a nice day and I’m glad I got what I needed.
“It doesn’t matter the time or the score, just that I won the last point.”
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Former finalist Agnieszka Radwanska needed just 49 minutes to win her second-round match.
Radwanska easily dispatched Alja Tomljanovic of Australia 6-0, 6-2 on Court 2.
The 13th-seeded Pole was broken when serving for the match at 5-1, but she broke right back at love to seal the win.
After almost four full days of action, the top four men’s seeds have yet to drop a set between them, with only two going as far as a tiebreaker.
It is a similar story on the women’s side – Simona Halep apart – as the top three and No 5 seed Caroline Wozniacki, who advanced on Thursday, have also not dropped a set.
There are still threats floating in the draw, though, and Germany’s Sabine Lisicki, runner-up two years ago and with a great Wimbledon record, is one of them.
Seeded 18th, she delivered an impressive comeback win over American Christina McHale.
Lisicki lost the first set and was broken in the opening game of the second, but she regrouped impressively and by the end was pounding down a succession of powerful winners en route to a 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 victory.
Wozniacki made things a bit difficult for herself before advancing to the third round at Wimbledon, beating Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 7-6 on Thursday.
The fifth-seeded Wozniacki looked headed for a routine victory when leading 5-1 in the second set but was broken twice when serving for the match. She finally converted her second match point in the tiebreaker with a backhand volley winner.
The former No 1 has not had much success at Wimbledon, where she has never made it past the fourth round.
In other early matches, No 8 seed Ekaterina Makarova of Russia lost 6-2, 7-5 to Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, while No 10 Angelique Kerber of Germany beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 7-5, 6-2.
Serbian 28th seed Jelena Jankovic defeated Evgeniya Rodina of Russia, 6-7, 6-1, 6-3, and Romanian Monica Niculescu beat Jana Cepelova of Slovakia, 6-3, 6-3.
There was an epic struggle between Tatjana Maria of Germany and China’s Duan Ying-Ying with the German finally winning 1-6, 6-2, 10-8.
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Updated: July 2, 2015 04:00 AM