Ninth seed Petra Kvitova ended the run of Serbian qualifier Natalija Stevanovic and advanced to the fourth round of Wimbledon with a 6-3 7-5 victory.
The world No.225 Stevanovic made a good start, going up a break with a 2-1 lead and showing confident body language. However, Kvitova regained her footing right away, broke back to level and cruised through the remainder of the 38-minute set.
In the second set, Stevanovic displayed an impressive comeback by winning three consecutive games, turning the score from 2-4 to 5-4. However, the match on Court 2 was interrupted by rain at that point. After the resumption of play, the experienced two-time Wimbledon champion, Kvitova, showcased her skill by winning three consecutive games. She demonstrated her resilience by saving three break points in the final game and ultimately capitalized on her fourth match point, securing victory and sealing the deal.
Kvitova entered the tournament after winning her 31st career singles title at Berlin. The Czech has clinched six grass-court titles, the most among active players. The 28-year-old Stevanovic can go home satisfied, having defeated the 2021 Wimbledon runner-up Karolina Pliskova and Tamara Korpatsch on her Grand Slam main draw debut.