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Wimbledon: Kvitova finds SW19 a bridge too far as Williams prevails

By Catherine Wyatt

Petra Kvitova's Wimbledon miracle ended last night as she was surprisingly knocked out by Madison Brengle.

Kvitova, who heroically made it to Wimbledon just seven months after being stabbed, suffered with breathing difficulties and sickness and was beaten 6-3, 1-6, 6-2.

She admitted afterwards she felt "really empty" after everything that has happened.

"I just couldn't handle it," Kvitova admitted. "I was really trying, but I could not breathe and I was feeling a bit sick. When the match got longer and longer, I felt a little bit sick and tired, so I couldn't really move. I felt like an animal, a very slow animal."

Venus Williams took three sets to beat China's Qiang Wang on Number One Court.

The veteran five-time champion triumphed 4-6, 6-4 and 6-1 to stride into the third round.

This was her 97th Wimbledon match, more than any other active player, and the 37-year-old plays Japan's Naomi Osaka next.

"I totally look forward, that's the kind of person I am," she said. "The past is something that you can't change, if it was good or bad. I like to live in the future. I want to accomplish more."

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