• Wimbledon, Day Six

Kvitova wastes no time over Lepchenko

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Defending champion Petra Kvitova ensured she gave herself the afternoon off after making light work of Varvara Lepchenko at Wimbledon on Saturday.

Kvitova, first out on No. 1 Court, needed less than an hour to overwhelm the overmatched Lepchenko in their third round contest, triumphing 6-1 6-0 in another breezy victory.

Kvitova was not perfect - besides having three double faults, she committed nine unforced errors - but nevertheless was far too good for her American opponent, saving the two break point opportunities she gave up and taking five of the seven she created to secure her landslide victory.

In the end, on her serve and with just 53 minutes on the clock, the Czech sent down a booming serve that her opponent was unable to get back over the net to finish matters off in rapid fashion.

Kvitova will now face Francesca Schiavone in the fourth round, after she was the first women to confirm victory on Saturday. Laura Robson's first round vanquisher sealed a relatively comfortable victory against Klara Zakopalova - the Italian triumphing 6-0 6-4 to ensure she will meet Kvitova similarly well rested.

Elsewhere, Ana Ivanovic edged a competitive contest against fellow seed Julia Goerges to confirm her place in the fourth round, the former French Open champion needing three sets to defeat the German.

Goerges made the brighter start to steal the first set and was firmly in the contest throughout, but her Serbian opponent found the way to edge the crucial points - saving a number of crucial break points - and held her nerve in the closing stages to clinch a 3-6 6-3 6-4 win that she celebrated joyously.

She faces a difficult fourth round tie against Victoria Azarenka, after the second seed avoided any slip ups in a 6-3 6-3 win over Jana Cepelova.

Another player through to the last 16 is Tamira Paszek, after she came through another marathon match against Yanina Wickmayer.

Paszek, who knocked out Caroline Wozniacki earlier in the competition, lost the first set but held her nerve in a second set tiebreak and managed to outlast her opponent in the decider, eventually claiming a fraught 2-6 7-6(4) 7-5 win.

She will now face 21st seed Roberta Vinci, after the Italian triumphed in two tiebreaks over on Court 18 to defeat Mirjana Lucic 7-6(4) 7-6(3).

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