“I served pretty well today and … dictated quite a few of the points,” she said. “I was happy about the game.”
In another early women’s match, 2004 champion Maria Sharapova recovered from a slow start to beat 17-year-old British wild card Laura Robson 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Court 1. The Russian trailed 4-1 in the first set, and then 4-2 in the tiebreaker, before taking charge against the former Wimbledon junior champion.
“I started off really slow and she started off really well,” Sharapova said. “Quite the opposite of me, I think she was much more aggressive than I was in the beginning. But then I just kind of got my rhythm a little bit and started playing better.”
Wozniacki, who will face Jarmila Gajdosova, reached the fourth round at Wimbledon the past two years but has never made it to the quarterfinals. Despite her No. 1 ranking, she has never won a major title, losing at the 2009 U.S. Open to Kim Clijsters in her only Grand Slam final.
Wozniacki leads the tour this year with five titles, but lost in the third round at the French Open to extend her drought at the majors. She is guaranteed to hold onto the No. 1 ranking at least until August.
“I think I deserve to be where I am,” Wozniacki said. “I won so many tournaments already, five this year. I’m playing good tennis. I’m young. I’m competitive. My time will come.”
Wozniacki was asked about being put on Court 2, rather than Centre Court or Court 1. Five-time champion Serena Williams was asked Thursday why she and sister Venus, a five-time champion, had been scheduled on Court 2 while the top men had played only on the two main courts. The Williams sisters have combined to win nine of the last 11 Wimbledon titles.
“Obviously I think I deserve to play on one of the bigger courts,” Wozniacki said. “It’s up to the tournament to decide where we’re going to play. I just go out there and I try to win. … If (Serena) can play on Court 2, then I guess I can, too.”
Elsewhere Friday, seventh-seeded David Ferrrer beat Ryan Harrison of the United States 6-7 (8), 6-1, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2. The match had been suspended by darkness Thursday night in the fourth set.
In women’s play, 2007 runner-up and No. 9-seeded Marion Bartoli beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 to reach the third round. No. 11 Andrea Petkovic was ousted by Russia’s Ksenia Pervak, 6-4, 7-6 (2).
Two-time Grand Slam titlist Svetlana Kuznetsova, seeded 12th, was eliminated in the third round by No. 19 Yanina Wickmayer, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Advancing to the fourth round was No. 8 Petra Kvitova, who beat Roberta Vinci 6-3, 6-3.
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