Serena's coach Mouratoglou backs Kvitova, Pliskova at Wimbledon

Erica Murray
July 4, 2017

A smiling Petra Kvitova skipped into the second round of Wimbledon easily, the two-time champion beating Sweden's Johanna Larsson 6-3 6-4 on a sun-bathed Centre Court.

Having lost in the second round at the French Open, Kvitova emphasised her grass court powers by winning the Birmingham title last week.

Kvitova will next face the victor of the contest between American Madison Brengle and Richel Hogenkamp of the Netherlands. Champions do, so who won the Wimbledon singles titles previous year.

Jelena Ostapenko continues to hold the world in thrall with her momentous run at Roland Garros.

Federer has enjoyed a resurgent season in 2017, with the 35-year-old claiming four tournament titles to date, including an efficient straight sets victory over rising German star Alexander Zverev as a -230 favourite on the ATP tennis odds in the final of the Gerry Weber Open earlier this month.

"But overall I'm coming into Wimbledon with some great time on the grass against some great players".

Keys beat Japan's Nao Hibino 6-4 6-4 in a tick over an hour.

Not that you would expect anything less from a top player as they come into a Grand Slam final, but once more Kerber has been talking the talk about finding her form.

"I didn't start well and I was very nervous not playing my game in the first set" said Azarenka.

Wimbledon runner-up Garbine Muguruza believes there are plenty of players who could make an impact at next week's championships despite the absence of last year's victor Serena Williams and former champion Maria Sharapova.

A cross-court forehand helped the two-time champion open up a 3-1 lead in the second, but a pair of unforced errors preceded a double-fault as Larsson looked to force her way back in.

Perhaps the grass can jolt her back into decent nick - there were some encouraging signs in Eastbourne this week - but anyone who backs her at 20/1 is surely doing so more in hope than expectation. "I'm still surprised", she said.

A finalist in 2012, Radwanska often finds her best in south London, making the semis in 2013 and '15, but she has struggled to make much of an impression on tour in 2017 because of persistent foot problems.

Of course it's always a bit surprising to see someone do that well so quickly but I'm very happy to see her back playing, it's very important for the game.

French Open victor Jelena Ostapenko battles Aliaksandra Sasnovich while the best British women are all on court with Johanna Konta, Heather Watson and Laura Robson. She made a last-minute decision to enter the clay-court major and wound up winning her opening match, then losing her next.

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