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Petra Kvitova reaches 4th round at Wimbledon

Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011 but has struggled to match that performance since.

Written by Associated Press | London | Published: June 29, 2013 6:42:28 pm

Petra Kvitova avoided becoming the latest former champion to be knocked out in the first week at Wimbledon,rallying from a break down in the final set Saturday to beat Ekaterina Makarova of Russia 6-3,2-6,6-3 and reach the fourth round.

The match had been halted Friday with Makarova up 2-1 in the decider,but Kvitova broke right back when play resumed and won the next two games as well. After losing her own serve,the Czech player broke again for a 5-3 lead and then converted her third match point with a forehand winner.

Kvitova won Wimbledon in 2011 but has struggled to match that performance since and has slipped to eighth in the rankings.

Later Saturday,top-ranked Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams were set to play their third-round matches.

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