Kvitova and Stephens ease through

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Kvitova and Stephens ease through

Both Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens made it through to the third round of Wimbledon on Thursday with straight sets victories. Kvitova, champion in 2011 and 2014, faced a potentially tricky tie against the dangerous Kiki Mladenovic and she had to battle in the first set, triumphing 7-5. However, from that point things were far smoother as she dominated her opponent, responding well to an early break of service to win the second set 6-2. She will face Magda Linette after the Pole beat French Open semi-finalist Amanda Anisimova 6-4 7-5. Stephens opened up against Wang Yafan with a bagel before then winning the second 6-2 to complete a dominant performance. In total, Stephens broke her opponent six times as she waltzed into the next round to face Britain's Jo Konta. Elsewhere, fourth seed Kiki Bertens rallied to beat big-hitting Taylor Townsend 3-6 7-6(5) 6-2, while 13th seed Belinda Bencic beat famed Slam giant-killer Kaia Kanepi 6-3 6-1.