Women's title up for grabs

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Two-time victor Petra Kvitova and world number three Karolina Pliskova will be tough to beat at Wimbledon because the tournament's grass courts suit their games down to the ground, Serena Williams' coach Patrick Mouratoglou has said.

She recovered to take the first set and was a break up in the second set before Sweden's Larsson once again hit back.

She's top 10 in the world.

"It was unbelievable to step out on Centre Court again", Kvitova told BBC Sport.

"So it was handsome to be back on the court playing my game, on the attractive Centre Court, of course".

The firs seeds gone from the women's draw were 26th-seeded Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, who fell 6-3 5-7 8-6 to German youngster Carina Witthoeft and Italian veteran Roberta Vinci, the 31st seed was beaten by Kristyna Pliskova 7-6 (8-6) 6-2.

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Playing in just her third tournament since being attacked by a burglar which resulted in her suffering deep cuts to her racket hand, Kvitova was understandably rusty, opening her service with three double faults.

Pliskova goes into the tournament as the favorite, but Petra Kvitova's triumph in Birmingham will fuel talk of her marking her remarkable recovery from injuries sustained in a knife attack with a third Wimbledon title, though she skipped Eastbourne with an abdominal problem. "It's practice that you can't get through training alone". It seemed that she had worked her way back into it when she broke to even things up at four games apiece, though Kvitova raised her level when it mattered and broke to put herself in the position to serve for the match.

"I couldn't wish more".

Her defeat to Kvitova in Birmingham, a match in which she retired while down 1-4 in the second set with an injury to her right leg, would be worrying to Safarova. "Konta can win Wimbledon..." This year, however, she enters the draw as a completely different player who has a chance of being the world No 1 for the first time in her career post the Championships.

Konta goes into Wimbledon as the sixth seed, the highest for a British woman since Virginia Wade in 1979, and starts on Monday against unorthodox Chinese Taipei player Hsieh Su-wei, who she lost to at the same stage of the French Open five weeks ago. She managed a couple of matches in a heavily rain disrupted Eastbourne, going out in the most unusual circumstances to Britain's Johanna Konta after a heavy fall from the Brit on her match point.

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