Wimbledon, England (Sports Network) - Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens were
among the early winners Saturday in the third round at Wimbledon.
Kvitova, the 2011 champ and this year's eighth seed, trailed in the third set
of her match against Russian Ekaterina Makarova when darkness halted play on
Friday, but the Czech star dominated when play resumed. She dropped just one
game Saturday and advanced with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 triumph.
Next up for Kvitova will be Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, who completed her
third-round win Friday against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard.
Stephens also had her match halted by darkness Friday after splitting the
first two sets with Petra Cetkovska, but the 17th-seeded American managed to
pull out a 7-6 (7-3), 0-6, 6-4 victory.
Just 20 years old, Stephens has now reached at least the fourth round of each
Grand Slam this year. She was a surprise semifinalist at the Australian Open
after beating Serena Williams in the quarters and lost to Maria Sharapova in
the French Open fourth round.
Monica Puig will be the fourth round opponent for Stephens on Monday. The
Puerto Rico native upset fifth-seeded Sara Errani in the first round and
completed her first week at the All England Club with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over
Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic in another match stopped Friday by
Also Saturday, 11th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci eased past Slovakia's
Dominika Cibulkova, 6-1, 6-4.
Saturday's schedule also features the top-seeded Williams against Japanese
veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm and former Grand Slam champions Li Na and Samantha
Stosur in separate matches. Li, the sixth seed, will meet Klara Zakopalova and
the 14th-seeded Stosur will square off against 2011 Wimbledon semifinalist
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