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Azarenka tumbles out as Li, Kvitova cruise through
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Azarenka tumbles out as Li, Kvitova cruise through

Victoria Azarenka's Wimbledon campaign came to an early end as she was beaten in three sets by Bojana Jovanovski in the second round.

Jovanovski came through in a tightly-contested encounter on Wednesday, emerging victorious 6-3 3-6 7-5.

Eighth seed Azarenka was playing in her first Grand Slam since returning from a foot injury that forced her to miss the French Open, but the Belarusian was made to pay for only converting three of her 16 break-point chances in the match.

Jovanovski struck the crucial blow at the end of a frenetic decider to book a third-round clash with Czech Tereza Smitkova, who beat American Coco Vandeweghe in straight sets.

Flavia Pennetta was another seed to succumb to a surprise defeat, the Italian landing just 59 per cent of first serves in a 6-4 7-6 (7-4) defeat to Lauren Davis of the USA. 

Davis will now meet Peng Shuai in the third round after the Chinese hammered Maria Kirilenko of Russia 6-0 6-3.

It was otherwise a day of comfortable progress for the seeded players, with almost all of the grass court tournament's big hitters making it through.

Two-time grand slam champion and second seed Li Na racked up 33 winners in her 6-2 6-2 demolition of Austrian Yvonne Meusbuger, while 2011 champion Petra Kvitova needed just 55 minutes to thrash German Mona Barthel 6-2 6-0.

Kvitova's win sets up an enticing third-round meeting with five-time champion Venus Williams following the American's 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 success over Japan's Kurumi Nara.


Fourth seed Agnieszka Radwanska produced another stunning display of her grass-court pedigree as the Pole delivered a disciplined display, making only eight unforced errors in a 6-4 6-0 victory against Australian Casey Dellacqua.

There is now just one British woman, Heather Watson, left in the draw due to Caroline Wozniacki's comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Naomi Broady.

Broady follows Tara Moore, defeated by Vera Zvonareva 6-4 6-7 (3-7) 9-7 in a first-round clash held over from Tuesday, in bowing out of the tournament.

Meanwhile, 10th seed Dominika Cibulkova came from behind to overcome Belgium Alison Van Uytvanck 3-6 6-3 8-6 in an enthralling clash that lasted two hours and 35 minutes.

Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic will be Cibulkova's next opponent following her straight-sets win over Slovenia's Polona Hercog.

France's Caroline Garcia - conqueror of 14th seed Sara Errani in the first round - continued her progress by eliminating American Varvara Lepchenko 7-5 6-3, while Czech Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova dispatched Russia's Elena Vesnina 6-4 6-2.

There were also wins for Michelle Larcher de Brito, Ana Konjuh, Ekaterina Makarova and Zarina Diyas.

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