Serena Williams and Kvitova make last 16 at Wimbledon

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2011 champion and 8th seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic went on court against the 27th ranked Russian, Ekaterina Makarova. Both lefties and lovers of the grass courts, Kvitova led the head to head 2-1 – with one win apiece on grass. The first set went with serve until play was stopped because of rain at 3-3. On the resumption, Kvitova broke and took the next two games for the set at 6-3. She then went 2-0 up in the second set when she lost her concentration and let Makarova take the next six games in a row to level the match at one set apiece. Makarova went 2-0 up in the decider just before Kvitova reduced her lead, with play being suspended because of bad light. As the players got onto the court on Saturday afternoon, the Czech bagged three consecutive games and never looked back, serving out the set at 6-3.

23rd seeded German Sabine Lisicki took on Aussie Sam Stosur, the 14th seed on Centre Court. Stosur lead the head to head 4-1. Even though Lisicki served more aces than the Aussie in the first set, Stosur scraped through 6-4 after a display of fierce hitting on both sides of the net. The German fought back in the second set and where some of her shots just missed in set one, she found the lines consistently and outfoxed Stosur to wrap it up 6-2. Lisicki carried the momentum into the decider, allowing her opponent only one game.

Serena Williams was just fourteen years old when Kimiko Date-Krumm was already number four in the world. Playing on Centre Court under the roof, Williams, the oldest number one, took on the 42 year old Japanese phenomenon, the oldest woman to reach the third round of a Grand Slam. Both players held their opening games in the first set and then Date-Krumm broke Williams with her varied display of old fashioned tennis that confounded the American. Date-Krumm got one more game late in the set before Williams took it 6-2 and raced through the second set 6-0. Date-Krumm said in an interview prior to the match that she hoped to last an hour and she did, as the match lasted an hour and a minute.

 

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