Two-time former champion Petra Kvitova bowed out of Wimbledon in the second round on Saturday, losing a two-hour slugfest 7-5 7-6 (7-5) to unseeded Ekaterina Makarova after a far longer battle against the weather.
The rain-delayed clash between the Czech 10th seed, the
title winner in 2011 and 2014, and her Russian opponent was the final
match of the round.
"I felt stuck in the second round for a while.
I think that the tournament was really weird for me this time," Kvitova
"I was waiting all day long almost every day to
be scheduled on, and didn't really have a chance to finish or step on
Makarova, a quarter-finalist in 2014 and beaten by
Kvitova in the third round in 2013, broke in the 11th game of the first
set and held serve to take the set, the Czech missing two chances to
After an exchange of breaks early in the second set, the Russian sealed the win in the tiebreak on a forehand error by Kvitova.
Open champion Angelique Kerber ground out a 7-6 (13-11) 6-1 win over
unseeded fellow German Carina Witthoeft at Wimbledon on Saturday in a
third-round contest high on drama but variable in quality.
a now familiar backdrop of showery weather, fourth seed Kerber, an All
England Club semi-finalist in 2012, began the brighter against her
21-year-old opponent, who she beat 6-0 6-0 when they met at the same
venue this time last year.
But both women struggled to cope with a
gusting wind in a dramatic first set lasting exactly an hour and
featuring six breaks of serve.
The higher-ranked player, who upset
the odds against Serena Williams to win her maiden grand slam title in
Melbourne in January, looked to have blown her chances of pulling ahead
when she let four consecutive first-set points slip away in the
But with neither woman able to make the decisive play,
Kerber won the breaker 13-11 when Witthoeft hit another backhand beyond
Ninth-seeded American Madison Keys beat Alize Cornet
of France 6-4 5-7 6-2 and there were also wins for fifth seed Simona
Halep over Kiki Bertens, Dominika Cibulkova over Eugenie Bouchard and
Lucie Safarova saw off Jana Cepelova, winning the deciding set 12-10.
11th seed Timea Bacsinszky finished off her delayed second-round match
against Monica Niculescu by winning in straight sets.