In women’s play on Wednesday at Wimbledon a former No. 1 fell, not unexpectedly, while some Top 10 favorites moved easily into the third round.
No. 2 seed and part-time head case Li Na of China led the top seeds with a routine 6-2, 6-2 win over Yvonne Meusburger of Austria 6-2, 6-2.
“It is easy to say, tough to do,” Na said about possibly surpassing the quarterfinals for the first time at the All England Club. “You can pretty easily think about the second week, but for me, if I want to push myself, at least I have to win another match and to come to the second week and then to think about getting further.”
Other Top 10-seeded winners were No. 4 Aggie Radwanska rolling past Aussie Casey Dellacqua 6-4, 6-0; No. 6 and former champ Petra Kvitova routing German Mona Barthel 6-2, 6-0; and No. 10 Dominika Cibulkova coming back from a first set loss to defeat Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck 3-6, 6-3, 8-6.
Kvitova, nursing a hamstring strain, will next meet No. 30 seed Venus Williams, another winner Wednesday, in a battle of former champions.
“It’s always big fight,” said Kvitova of facing the elder Williams sister. “I think it’s just about the smaller things and the key points in the match. It’s going to be very important to stay confident and play for every point, because I know that she can play really well. She plays flat shots like me on the grass, and of course she has a big serve. I’m looking forward for this match. I think it’s going to be a great fight.”
Two former No. 1s and a former Wimbledon champ were among the other seeded winners on Wednesday in No. 16 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 22 Ekaterina Makarova, and No. 23 Lucie Safarova.
“I got to break her early in both sets, which kind of gave me a cushion, the lead early on,” said Wozniacki of topping Brit Naomi Broady 6-3, 6-2. “It felt good. She has a big serve, some big groundstrokes. It was important for me just to keep focused, not giving her a chance on my service games was important.”
Upsets Wednesday at the All England Club were the predicted No. 8 seed Victoria Azarenka falling to Serb Bojana Jovanovski in three, American Lauren Davis topping No. 12 Flavia Pennetta, and Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova defeating No. 32 Elena Vesnina.
In all-unseeded play, winners of note included French riser Caroline Garcia defeating American Varvara Lepchenko to set up a meeting with the No. 22 seed Makarova, Croat youngster Ana Konjuh beating veteran Yanina Wickmayer from a set down to set up a meeting with the No. 16 seed Wozniacki, and unheralded Czech qualifier Tereza Smitkova stopping last week’s first-time WTA title winner Coco Vandeweghe. She will next meet Azarenka’s conqueror Jovanovski.
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