Wimbledon: Murray, Kvitova cruise into third round
2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and defending champion Petra Kvitova cruised into the third round of singles action, while former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and 2013 runner-up Sabine Lisicki progressed through in more difficult fashion at The Championships on Thursday.tennis Updated: Jul 02, 2015 21:14 IST
2013 Wimbledon champion Andy Murray and defending champion Petra Kvitova cruised into the third round of singles action, while former World No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki and 2013 runner-up Sabine Lisicki progressed through in more difficult fashion at The Championships on Thursday.
Murray was at his imperious best as he put away Dutchman Robin Haase 6-1, 6-1, 6-4.
The Scot showed none of the chinks that led him to being broken three times in a set on Tuesday, appearing to be on auto pilot as he bullied Haas into submission on a humid Court No. 1. Murray dropped only one point on serve in the first set, saved the only break point he faced in the second, and broke his opponent six times in total to wrap up the win in 1 hour, 27 minutes, finishing off his 78th-ranked opponent with a flourish.
Murray has never failed to get past the second round at Wimbledon. The third seed will next face either Italian Andreas Seppi or rising Croatian talent Borna Coric.
Kvitova in excellent form
Kvitova reached the third round with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Japan's Kurumi Nara in a little-and-large tussle on Court One. Second seed Kvitova will face either Serbian 26th seed Jelena Jankovic or Russia's Evgeniya Rodina for a place in the last 16.
The Czech fired 10 aces and 23 winners in her 58-minute win over the world number 57. In the first round, she dropped just one game against Kiki Bertens, winning in 35 minutes.
"It was a good match from my side. I was really expecting a tough match because I saw a little bit when she played Venus Williams here last year," said 1.82-metre (six feet) tall Kvitova, who towered over the 1.55-metre (five feet, one inch) tall Nara, the smallest player in the world top 100.
"I was really prepared and I'm really happy with how I played today, how I managed to win."
Wozniacki wins despite wobble
Former World number one Caroline Wozniacki made things a bit difficult for herself before advancing to the third round of Wimbledon, beating Denisa Allertova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 7-6 (6) on Thursday.
Allertova, 22, was making her Wimbledon debut and initially looked out of her depth facing the world number five on the 1,000-capacity Court 12 in only her second tour-level match on grass. Wozniacki raced into a 5-0 first set lead but Allertova escaped the dreaded 'bagel' -- a 6-0 thrashing. The Danish fifth seed took just 23 minutes to wrap up the set.
However, the 63-minute second set was a totally different affair as Allertova, the world number 83, showed the form that led her to break the top 100 for the first time earlier this year, throwing in drop shots and hitting winners.
The fifth-seeded Wozniacki, a two-time US Open finalist, looked headed for a routine victory when leading 5-1 but was broken twice when serving for the match. She finally converted her second match point to win the tiebreaker with a backhand volley winner.
Wozniacki hasn't had much success at Wimbledon, where she has never made it past the fourth round in eight appearances. Wozniacki, 24, next faces Italian 31st seed Camila Georgi, who beat Lara Arruabarrena of Spain 6-0, 7-6 (5).
Lisicki survives scare
2013 runner-up Sabine Lisicki came from a set and a break down to beat Christina McHale of the United States 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 on Centre Court on Thursday to advance to the third round of Wimbledon.
Lisicki was outplayed in the first set and was broken to start the second. But the 2013 runner-up turned things around by breaking right back and then won the last five games of the decider, closing the match out with a backhand winner.
In other early matches, eighth-seeded 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.
Britain's James Ward joined Murray in the third round with a 6-2, 7-6 (4), 3-6, 6-3 win over Czech Republic's Jiri Vesely. Australia's Sam Groth, who defeated rising US player Jack Sock in the first round, defeated countryman James Duckworth 7-5, 6-4, 7-6 (6).
Switzerland's Timea Bacsinszky, who lost in the semi-finals of the French Open to eventual champion Serena Williams, beat Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain 6-2, 6-1. Garbine Muguruza of Spain prevailed over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 6-3, 4-6, 6-2.
Olga Govortsova of Belarus defeated 25th seed Alize Cornet of France 7-6 (6), 2-6, 6-1.
(With inputs from AFP, AP and Reuters)
First Published: Jul 02, 2015 20:55 IST