Champion Kvitova, Murray into next round

2015-07-02 17:21
Petra Kvitova. (Alastair Grant, AP)

London - Defending champion Petra Kvitova reached the Wimbledon third round on Thursday with a 6-2, 6-0 win over Japan's Kurumi Nara.

Second seed Kvitova will face either Serb 26th seed Jelena Jankovic or Russia's Evgeniya Rodina for a place in the last 16.

And AP reported that it was more like a gentle workout than a Grand Slam match for Murray.

Bidding for his second Wimbledon title in three years, the third-seeded Murray was barely tested on Thursday as he swept past an ineffective Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-1, 6-1, 6-4 on Court 1 to advance to the third round at the All England Club.

It took Murray only 1 hour, 27 minutes to dispatch the 28th-ranked Haase, who beat him on a hard court in Rotterdam in 2008 but never mounted a serious challenge Tuesday.

Murray, who became the first homegrown men's champion in 77 years when he won Wimbledon in 2013, is setting himself up for another serious title run this year.

"It was a good match from start to finish for me and obviously getting the early lead helped," Murray said. "I was very happy with the way that I played."


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