The No. 25 seed Petra Kvitova and the No. 4 seed Paula Badosa will face off in the third round of Wimbledon after both passing the second-round Tests in straight sets. Two-time champion Kvitova held off a late charge from Ana Bogdan to win 6-1, 7-6(5), while Badosa defeated Irina Bara 6-3, 6-2.
Between 2010 and 2014, Kvitova didn’t lose until the quarter-finals at SW19, lifting the Venus Rosewater Dish in 2011 and 2014. However, it’s only the second time since 2015 that the Czech has reached the last 32. The result extends Eastbourne champion Kvitova. winning streak in seven matches.
Badosa, who lost her Eastbourne opener to Jodie Burrage last week, has recovered to book her place in the Wimbledon third round for the second consecutive year. The 24-year-old has reached at least this stage in five of the last six majors.
The pair have played once before, with Kvitova winning 7-5, 7-5 in the second round of the 2020 Australian Open.
How Kvitova beat Bogdan: The former world No. 2 was in dazzling form as she took a 6-1, 5-1 lead. Back-to-back return winners marked the first break on Bogdan’s serve for 2-0, and there was barely a break for the next hour as Kvitova rained down quick winners on the Romanian.
However, there were signs from the end of the first set that Bogdan was starting to find a way to pose a threat. Serving for the first set, Kvitova had to save four break points before converting her third set point. She then had to go through six deuces to hold 3-1 in the second set.
The loss of that marathon game seemed to calm Bogdan, whose hard fight paid off as he put together a five-game series 5-1 to 6-5. Kvitova was unable to serve the match twice, squandering match point at 5-4 with a clean slice before Bogdan equalized at 5-5 with a spectacular comeback winner of her own.
With the skyrocketing rise to world number 111, Kvitova had to come up with something special. Serving at 5-6, she avoided two set points, one with an ace and the next with a one-two punch, then edged out the ensuing tiebreaker.
After 1 hour and 45 minutes, Kvitova finished with 40 winners, including 10 aces, for 24 unforced errors; Bogdan ultimately counted 18 winners and just seven unforced errors.
In the words of Kvitova: “My thoughts? It’s mixed. I think it was a great game from the start until 5-1, 5-2. Suddenly I felt so drained from the games I had. I don’t I don’t know, it was just hard to describe. I got a little tighter and she just went a little deeper. She didn’t miss. It was really hard to close it.
“I really thought it would probably be the third set, that I didn’t even make the tiebreaker. In the end, I did. I don’t know how. My serve probably helped me to the set point there. Yeah, I did. I’m still very exhausted. I’m just glad it’s done, that’s for sure.”
How Badosa beat Bara: The scoreline belies the harshness of the challenge Bara posed at times. The No. 122-ranked Romanian, who was making her Wimbledon debut, engaged Badosa in several killer rallies and wowed the No. 2 court crowd with her deft touch on the dropshot and stellar reflexes at net.
However, Bara’s attempts to stop Badosa from overpowering her often resulted in over-strikes, with 23 unforced errors outweighing 14 winners, and the dropshots that worked were canceled by too many who sat down for that. Badosa walks away easily. In addition, the Spaniard’s serve proved to be a formidable weapon: she dropped the serve only once, in the middle of the first set, and only conceded two points behind her first performance.
After tight play at the start and middle of both sets, Badosa was able to assert her authority by closing both. Bara had a point to tie the second set at 3-3, but Badosa denied it with an emphatic volley. She then captured the break and swept away 15 of the game’s final 18 points, converting her first match point with a second service ace.
Cornet and Tomljanovic back in third round
The year in which Alizé Cornet aims to seal the all-time record for consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearances also turns out to be his best on the major stage. The Frenchwoman – who is now tied with Ai Sugiyama on 62 – reached her first Grand Slam quarter-final at the Australian Open in January, and returned to the Wimbledon third round for the first time since 2016 with a loss 6-3, 6-3. by Claire Liu.
The result means it is the first season in the 32-year-old Cornet’s career in which she has reached the last 32 of each of the first three Grand Slams.
Ajla Tomljanovic, who made her maiden major quarter-final at Wimbledon last year, booked her spot in her second consecutive SW19 third round with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over American qualifier Catherine Harrison. The result puts the Australian in the third round of a major tournament for the fourth time in her career.