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Wimbledon: Petra Kvitova blasts emphatic early warning to rivals

By Staff Reporter

Reigning women's champion Petra Kvitova began the defence of her Wimbledon crown in emphatic fashion as she thrashed Holland's Kiki Bertens in straight sets.

Kvitova lost just one point on her serve during the entire contest, which came with a double fault in the final game, as she sailed past Bertens 6-1 6-0 in 35 minutes.

It was the Czech's first competitive match on grass this season but she showed few signs of rust on Centre Court and will come up against either Japan's Kurumi Nara or Poland's Magda Linette in the tournament's second round.

Kvitova has endured early exits at both the Australian and French Open this year but the 6ft left-hander is more comfortable on grass and on this evidence can be a major contender to put an end to Serena Williams' bid to win an historic calendar Grand Slam by claiming a third Wimbledon crown.

The first break for Kvitova came in the second game and while Bertens finally got off the mark to make it 3-1, a thundering forehand gave the No 2 seed a second break and she served out the first set in just 18 minutes.

Bertens was simply unable to cope with the immense power and angle of her opponent's serve and the second set was even more comfortable as Kvitova closed out an impressive win, throwing down the gauntlet to her challengers in doing so.

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