Kvitova, Makarova, Keys and Stephens Advance to Second Round at Wimbledon

during day one of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Championships at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club on June 29, 2015 in London, England.

Photo by: Julian Finney/Getty Images Sport

Defending Wimbledon and Connecticut Open Champion Petra Kvitova, Ekaterina Makarova and Americans Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys have advanced to the second round at the All England Club.

Kvitova commenced her title defense in blazing fashion, defeating Kiki Bertens 6-1, 6-0 in 35 minutes. Dating back to last year’s championship run, the Czech has dropped two or fewer games in deciding sets in six of her last eight matches.

Makarova is also off to an impressive start at Wimbledon, securing a straight-set triumph over Sachia Vickery 6-2, 6-4 to book a second-round berth.

American Sloane Stephens also picked up a straight-set victory, bouncing Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova 6-4, 6-2 en route to a second-round appearance.

Madison Keys was knotted with Stefanie Voegele 2-2 in the third set before play was suspended on Tuesday due to darkness. The American finished the job on Wednesday, earning a 6-7, 6-3, 6-4 victory against Stefanie Voegele.

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