It seemed that she had worked her way back into it when she broke to even things up at four games apiece, though Kvitova raised her level when it mattered and broke to put herself in the position to serve for the match.
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But none of that would have been possible had Dr Kebrle not done a good enough job repairing the tendons and ligament damage. "I will still be happy to play".
Not that she's all that concerned, understandably, with others' thoughts about whether she can add to the trophies she clutched at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014.
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Britain finally has a hope outside of men's world No. 1 Andy Murray, but Konta's startling rise to prominence has yet to see her impress at Wimbledon. Kuznetsova has not won a tournament since October a year ago, though, and her challenge was ended in the last 16 at the French Open, indicating that her days of being a true contender at Slams may be over.
The 25-year-old Romanian, who has never been past the semi-finals at Wimbledon, opens her campaign against Marina Erakovic.
After staving off a third break point in game nine with an ace down the middle, Kvitova clinched the first set when Larsson found the net.
Instead I think it might be worth taking a chance on Lucie Safarova at 66/1.
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"I didn't start well and I was very nervous not playing my game in the first set" said Azarenka. He lives in St. Petersburg and he was there during that week when I won the tournament (last February) and Daria was there as well so that's how I met him. "I wanted to prove people wrong and I love challenges, so I think that's what kept me going through the recovery process".
First she defeated French champion Jelena Ostapenko, then accounted for world No.1 Angelique Kerber.
While Ostapenko, who faces Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the first round, arrived in London on a wave of post-Paris euphoria, second seed Halep is still struggling to come to terms with her failure to win her first Grand Slam.
"I got to play against two grand slam champions, the reigning French Open champion, and also the number one player in the world".
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