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Kvitova and Badosa prepare third-round clash at Wimbledon

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No.25 seed Petra Kvitova and No.4 seed Paula Badosa will meet in the third round at Wimbledon after both passed the second-round trials in straight sets. Two-time champion Kvitova held off a late attack from Ana Bogdan to win 6-1, 7-6(5), while Badosa beat Irina Bara 6-3, 6-2.

Between 2010 and 2014, Kvitova did not lose before the quarterfinals in SW19, lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish in 2011 and 2014. However, this is only the second time since 2015 that the Czech has reached the last 32. The result extends Eastbourne champion Kvitova. winning streak to seven games.

Badosa, who lost her first match at Eastbourne to Jodie Burrage last week, bounced back to book her place in the Wimbledon third round for the second year in a row. The 24-year-old has reached at least that stage in five of the last six majors.

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The pair have met once before, with Kvitova winning 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the Australian Open 2020.

How Kvitova beat Bogdan: The former World No.2 was in stunning form as she took a 6-1, 5-1 lead. The back-to-back return winners scored the first break of Bogdan’s serve for 2-0, and there was barely a break for the next hour as Kvitova rained down winners over the Romanian.

However, there were signs from late in the first set that Bogdan was starting to find a way to pose a threat. Serving for the first set, Kvitova needed to save four break points before converting her third set point. He then had to overcome six deuces to maintain a 3-1 lead in the second set.

Losing that marathon game seemed to calm Bogdan, whose valiant fight paid off as he put together a run of five games of his own from 5-1 down to lead 6-5. Kvitova failed to take the match out twice, wasting a match point at 5-4 with a cut at the net before Bogdan leveled it at 5-5 with a spectacular return of his own win.

With the rise of the World No.111, Kvitova needed to find something special. Serving 5-6, he staved off two set points, one with an ace and the next with a double, then overcame the subsequent tie break.

After 1 hour and 45 minutes, Kvitova finished with 40 game winners, including 10 aces, to 24 unforced errors; Bogdan ultimately scored 18 winners and just seven unforced errors.

In Kvitova’s words: “My thoughts? It’s mixed. I think it was a great match from the beginning until 5-1, 5-2. Suddenly I felt so exhausted from the games I had. I don’t know, it was hard to describe. I got closer a little more and she tried some more. She didn’t fail. It was really hard to close it.

“I really thought it would probably be the third set, that I didn’t even make it to the tiebreak. I did it in the end. I don’t know how. My serve probably helped me for set point there. Yes, I did it. I’m still very exhausted. I’m happy that it’s over, sure.”

How Badosa beat Barça: The scoreboard belies the harshness of the challenge that Barça posed at times. The 122nd-ranked Romanian, who was making her Wimbledon debut, faced Badosa in several tough rallies and wowed the crowd on Court No. 2 with her deft dropshot touch and stellar reflexes at the net.

However, Bara’s attempts to prevent Badosa from overpowering her often resulted in excessive hitting, with 23 unforced errors topping 14 winners, and shots that did work were denied by too many sitting up for Badosa to easily crush. . Furthermore, the Spaniard’s serve proved to be a formidable weapon: she lost serve only once, midway through the first set, and conceded just two points behind her first serve.

After tight passages of play at the beginning and in the middle of both sets, Badosa was able to assert his authority by closing both. Barça had a point to level 3-3 in the second set, but Badosa denied it with a hard-hitting volley. She proceeded to capture the break and sweep 15 of the last 18 points of the match, converting her first match point on a second serve.

Cornet, Tomljanovic return to the third round

The year in which Alizé Cornet aims to seal the all-time record for consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearances is also proving her best on the main stage. The Frenchwoman, who is now tied with Ai Sugiyama at 62, reached her first Grand Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open in January and returned to the Wimbledon third round for the first time since 2016 with a 6-3 loss. 6-3. by Claire Liu.

The result means this is the first season in the 32-year-old Cornet’s career in which he has reached the last 32 of each of the first three Slams.

Ajla Tomljanovic, who reached her first major quarterfinal at Wimbledon last year, booked her place in her second consecutive third round of SW19 with a 6-2, 6-2 win over American qualifier Catherine Harrison. The result puts the Australian in the third round of a major for the fourth time in her career.

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