Defending champion Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber were in ruthless mood in their opening Ladies’ Singles matches at Wimbledon.
Kvitova won all but one point on her own serve in seeing off Kiki Bertens 6-1, 6-0 as she started the defence of her title in a 35-minute Centre Court stroll. The Czech player was dominant from the start, making the most of every error her Dutch opponent made as well as being dominant in her service games.
Kerber, seeded 10, needed only 45 minutes to cruise past German compatriot Carina Witthoeft 6-0, 6-0 on Court 18, where temperatures were already nudging 85 degrees by the time their match started at 11.30am.
Kerber was delighted with her win but felt a little sorry for Witthoeft, as she said: “Carina was playing not bad, actually. The games were not like 40-love. It was very close, actually. “It’s always tough to play against a German. It’s always not easy.
I’m very happy about my performance in the first round. I’m feeling good on grass, and I’ve always played well on it. Two weeks ago I won my first title on grass, so it’s always good to come with a title to the tournament and to a grand slam