Brutal Kvitova begins title defence in style : Tennis, News – India Today

Kvitova, also the 2011 champion, dropped just one point on serve and next meets Kurumi Nara of Japan for a place in the round-of-32. “I really played well”, Kvitova said.

First, Eugenie Bouchard, who was runner-up at Wimbledon past year, fell in the opening round, losing 7-6 (3), 6-4 to Duan Ying-Ying – a 117th-ranked Chinese qualifier who was playing at Wimbledon for the first time and had never before won a Grand Slam match. “Most people play through it and maybe go down a level or don’t play well because they really need to take some time off”.

The women’s headliner comes on Centre Court, where Serena Williams faces Britain’s Heather Watson in the day’s third match.

Later Tuesday, 2013 champion and home favourite Andy Murray takes a 2-0 career lead over world number 59 Mikhail Kukushkin into their opener on Centre Court.

“But anyway, I mean, I feel much better than before”. The rest of the set was all but smooth sailing for the world number two and she took it 6-2 when Nara’s backhand down-the-line sailed wide.

In other play involving seeds, No. 17 Ukrainian Elina Svitolina overcame Japanese Misaki Doi 3-6, 6-3, 6-2, No. 20 Spaniard Garbine Muguruza grounded American Varvara Lepchenko 6-4, 6-1 and Brit Heather Watson upended No. 32 Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 1-6, 6-3, 8-6 at this grass-court fortnight.

Before this year’s championships there had not been a 6-0 6-0 scoreline – a so-called “double bagel” – in the women’s singles event for six years.

To giggles from the predominantly male press, an unfazed Kvitova replied “I think that for normal women, they know about [the issue]”, the Huffington Post United Kingdom reported.

The champion sent a forehand long to miss a break point opportunity in Nara’s next service game, allowing her opponent to get on the board.

Germany’s Angelique Kerber handed out the third 6-0 6-0 thrashing so far at Wimbledon when she sent compatriot Carina Witthoeft packing.

“I have to say sorry to them” for such a short match Tuesday, Kvitova joked.

That’s important, all that counts is the last point.

Williams has already bagged the Australian and French Open titles, and is primed to complete the holy grail of swiping all four major crowns in the same season. “But that’s how it is”, she said.

“I am a simple girl from a simple background and I think fans have appreciated my authenticity, What you see is definitely what you get with me”, she told BBC.

The virus that left her with a cold and sore throat in Eastbourne, where she was the defending champion, should be well out of her system by Tuesday and she was back at the All England Club practising a couple of days later. “I’m really trying to figure out what’s behind this”, fumed the 28-year-old Djokovic.

On another sunny and warm day at Wimbledon, with temperatures reaching 30 degrees Celsius (85 degrees Fahrenheit), seven-time champion Roger Federer was up second on Centre Court against Damir Dzumhur of Bosnia.


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