Women’s Round-up: Kvitova and Stephens ease through
Both Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens made it through to the third round of Wimbledon on Thursday with straight sets victories.
Kvitova, champion in 2011 and 2014, faced a potentially tricky tie against the dangerous Kiki Mladenovic and she had to battle in the first set, triumphing 7-5.
However, from that point things were far smoother as she dominated her opponent, responding well to an early break of service to win the second set 6-2.
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova celebrates after winning a point against France's Kristina Mladenovic during their women's singles second round match on the fourth day of the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at The All England Lawn Tennis Club in Wimbledon, soGetty Images
She will face Magda Linette after the Pole beat French Open semi-finalist Amanda Anisimova 6-4 7-5.
Stephens opened up against Wang Yafan with a bagel before then winning the second 6-2 to complete a dominant performance.
In total, Stephens broke her opponent six times as she waltzed into the next round to face Britain's Jo Konta.
Sloane Stephens of The United States celebrates victory in her Ladies' Singles second round match against Yafan Wang of China during Day four of The Championships - Wimbledon 2019 at All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on July 04, 2019 in London, EnGetty Images
Elsewhere, fourth seed Kiki Bertens rallied to beat big-hitting Taylor Townsend 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2, while 13th seed Belinda Bencic beat famed Slam giant-killer Kaia Kanepi 6-3 6-1.
Ladies’ singles second round results on Thursday
- 1-Ashleigh Barty (AUS) beat Alison Van Uytvanck (BEL) 6-1 6-3
- Harriet Dart (GBR) beat Beatriz Haddad Maia (BRA) 7-6(4) 3-6 6-1
- Alison Riske (USA) beat Ivana Jorovic (SRB) 6-2 6-7(3) 9-7
- 13-Belinda Bencic (SUI) beat Kaia Kanepi (EST) 6-3 6-1
- 11-Serena Williams (USA) beat Kaja Juvan (SLO) 2-6 6-2 6-4
- 18-Julia Goerges (GER) beat Varvara Flink (RUS) 6-1 6-4
- 30-Carla Suarez Navarro beat Pauline Parmentier (FRA) 7-6(2) 7-6(4)
- Lauren Davis (USA) beat 5-Angelique Kerber (GER) 2-6 6-2 6-1
- 4-Kiki Bertens (NED) beat Taylor Townsend (USA) 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2
- Barbora Strycova (CZE) beat Laura Siegemund (GER) 6-3 7-5
- 21-Elise Mertens (BEL) beat Monica Niculescu (ROU) 7-5 6-0
- 15-Qiang Wang (CHN) beat Tamara Zidansek (SLO) 6-1 6-2
- 9-Sloane Stephens (USA) beat Yafan Wang (CHN) 6-0 6-2
- 19-Johanna Konta (GBR) beat Katerina Siniakova (CZE) 6-3 6-4
- Magda Linette (POL) beat 25-Amanda Anisimova (USA) 6-4 7-5
- 6-Petra Kvitova (CZE) beat Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) 7-5 6-2