Wimbledon: Swiatek rejects the challenge of Kerkhove; Boulter stuns Pliskova



World number one Iga Swiatek, who has been on a big winning streak, recorded her 37th consecutive victory while local youngster Katie Boulter rallied from a set down to beat last year’s runner-up Karolina Pliskova in the second round of the women’s singles at Wimbledon on Thursday.

French Open champion Swiatek extended her streak, but her latest win came after a prolonged struggle. Poland’s Swiatek defeated Dutch loser Lesley Pattinama Kerkhove 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 in the second round of Wimbledon on Thursday.

Nine days after knocking out Pliskova from the Rothesay International at Eastbourne in the second round, Boulter repeated the feat on center court at Wimbledon, scoring a 3-6, 7-6(4), 6-4 win over the Czech, the 2021 runner-up and seeded No. 6. Boulter thus reached the third round of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Boulter will face Harmony Tan, Serena Williams’ first-round conqueror, next; the Frenchwoman continued her opening stunner with a 6-3, 6-4 win over No. 32 seed Sara Sorribes Tormo.

Another British player, Heather Watson, also reached the third round, edging China’s Wang Qiang 7-5, 6-4 on Thursday in a match that was suspended Wednesday night due to darkness.

Two-time champion Petra Kvitova and number 4 seed Paula Badosa of Spain won their respective women’s singles second-round matches in contrasting styles as they staged a tantalizing third-round clash.

Czech Republic star Kvitova, who won the title in 2011 and 2014, had to suppress a second fightback from Romania’s Ana Bogdan to win 6-1, 7-6(5) while Badosa enjoyed a relatively longer spell easy by beating another Romanian Irina. Bara 6-3, 6-2.

Elena Rybakina edged out Bianca Andreescu in straight sets, 6-4, 7-6(5) – the latter rallying from 6-4, 5-3 to eventually force a tiebreaker. But former US Open winner Andreescu never found enough sustained momentum to pressure a decision maker.

Barbora Krejcikova’s injury-plagued 2022 season has taken a step forward at Wimbledon. With a 6-3, 6-4 win over Switzerland’s Viktorija Golubic, the Czech secured back-to-back wins for the first time since the Australian Open. Sidelined from February to May with an elbow injury, Krejcikova lost in the first round of her title defense at Roland Garros, and also bounced back in the first round at Eastbourne after recovering from COVID- 19.

Following her victory in Paris last year, Krejcikova lost to eventual champion Ashleigh Barty in the round of 16 at Wimbledon. Next, she will face another Australian: Ajla Tomljanovic, who was a quarter-finalist last year and also lost to Barty.

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