WIMBLEDON – Defending Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova, second seed Victoria Azarenka and four-time former champion Serena Williams all moved into the second round at the All England Club with straight set victories on Tuesday.
The Czech Kvitova started out slowly, coming back from a 1-4 first set deficit to defeat Uzbek Akgul Amanmuradova 6-4, 6-4 in a rain-interrupted match.
“I was nervous,” said Kvitova about the start of the match. “It was first time for me to be as the defending champion of the Grand Slam. You know, it was huge honor to come to the Centre Court.
“Of course I would like to make everyone happy, but it’s not that easy. Yeah, it was lot of firsts for me today, but I’m happy that I stayed calm inside and not to be panic in the important points.”
Kvitova hit 24 winners and six aces in match.
Serena Williams playing on the same court, Court 2, which saw her sister Venus lose on Monday, stopped Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 6-4.
Williams broke the 6...