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Wimbledon: Swiatek in 3rd round, extends winning streak to 37

World number one Iga Swiatek struggled with unforced errors but found her composure when it mattered most to see off Dutch lucky loser Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-4 4-6 6-3 to reach the third round at Wimbledon and extend her winning run to 37 matches.
With Thursday’s victory, Swiatek went past Monica Seles and matched Martina Hingis’ run in the 1997 season. The all-time longest winning streak is held by Martina Navratilova, who had 74 successive victories in 1984.
Pattinama Kerkhove lost in the final round of qualifying at the grasscourt Grand Slam but was granted a berth in the main draw when Danka Kovinic withdrew with injury.
Playing against an opponent ranked in the top-10 for the first time in her career, the 30-year-old Dutchwoman came out swinging freely to put Swiatek under pressure on a sun-bathed Court One, as the Pole fell 4-2 behind.
Swiatek slipped and fell awkwardly behind the baseline while trying to hit a return as the 138th-ranked Pattinama Kerkhove broke her serve a second time.
But once Swiatek found her feet and range, it was one-way traffic. The 21-year-old, who has won six consecutive titles including a second French Open trophy, won the next four games to take opening set.
Pattinama Kerkhove, who reached the second round at Wimbledon last year for her best showing at the majors, would not give up though. She got the crucial break in the seventh game of the second set to level the match at 1-1.
Swiatek next meets Frenchwoman Alize Cornet, who earlier beat American Claire Liu 6-3 6-3, for a chance to match her best performance at Wimbledon where she reached the fourth round in 2021.

Kvitova, Badosa set up third-round clash

Paula Badosa
Petra Kvitova

LONDON, JUN 30 (IANS): Two-time champion Petra Kvitova and No. 4 seed Paula Badosa of Spain won their respective women’s singles second-round matches in contrasting styles as they set up a tantalising third-round clash in Wimbledon on Thursday.
Czech Republic star Kvitova, who won the title in 2011 and 2014, had to quell a second set fightback by Ana Bogdan of Romania to win 6-1, 7-6(5) while Badosa enjoyed a relatively easier time in beating another Romanian Irina Bara 6-3, 6-2.
Between 2010 and 2014, Kvitova did not lose before the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, since 2015, she has reached the last 32 only twice. On Thursday, it looked like Kvitova would suffer another wobble as Bogdan put up a strong fight in the second set, winning five games in a row from 6-1, 5-1 down to lead 6-5 in the second set. However, she tightened things up just in time to overcome Bogdan. Serving at 5-6, she staved off two set points, one with an ace and the next with a one-two punch, and then edged the ensuing tiebreak, according to a report on the WTA Tour. After 1 hour and 45 minutes, Kvitova finished with 40 winners, including 10 aces, to 24 unforced errors; Bogdan ultimately tallied 18 winners and only seven unforced errors.
Badosa, who lost her Eastbourne opener to Jodie Burrage last week, has recovered to book her place in the third round of Wimbledon for the second year in a row. The 24-year-old has reached at least that stage in five of the past six majors.
The pair have played once before, with Kvitova winning 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the 2020 Australian Open. The scoreline belies the toughness of the challenge Bara posted at times. The No.122-ranked The result means that this is the first season of 32-year-old Cornet’s career in which she has reached the last 32 of each of the first 3 Slams.
Murray crashes out in second-round
Three-time Grand Slam winner Andy Murray crashed out of the Wimbledon 2022 after losing 4-6, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3), 4-6 to USA’s No.20 seed John Isner in the second-round here on Wednesday. In contrast to his third-round exit last year at his home Grand Slam, the Briton felt his game and his body were prepared for a second-week run this fortnight.
Despite abdominal issues in the buildup to Wimbledon, Murray had no physical issues on the court and briefly flashed the sort of form that twice led him to titles on the London lawns. But Isner’s booming serve kept Murray’s brilliance at bay, keeping points short and not allowing the Briton to sink his teeth into the match.
Looking ahead, Murray fully intends to continue playing on the ATP Tour as long as he is “in a good place” with regard to his body. But he stopped short of guaranteeing a return to Wimbledon next year.
Angelique Kerber advances, Minnen ousts Muguruza for first top-10 win
Former champion Angelique Kerber of Germany reached third round at Wimbledon after registering a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win against Magda Linette of Poland here on Wednesday.
In another match, Greet Minnen of Belgium shocked former Wimbledon champion and No.9 seed Garbine Muguruza of Spain 6-4, 6-0 over two days on No.2 Court. Minnen earned her first top-10 win in the process.
Former World No 1 Kerber, who defeated Serena Williams in the 2018 Wimbledon final for her third career Grand Slam title, needed 1 hour and 25 minutes on Court No.2 to oust 65th-ranked Linette.
Pegula prevails
It took an hour and a half on Wednesday for Pegula to stop Vekic and win their first-round affair. Pegula and Vekic were originally scheduled for late Tuesday but never got their match started that evening.

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