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Kvitova opens Wimbledon defence in style, Halep and Bouchard ousted

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It was a day of mixed fortunes for the top women's tennis players in the world at Wimbledon with defending champion Petra Kvitova kicking off what traditionally used to be ladies day at Wimbledon.

Kvitova, a two-time champion at Wimbledon and widely regarded as the only person who can stop Serena Williams' quest for a Calendar Grand Slam, was in awesome form on her return to SW 19.

The second seeded Czech laid down the benchmark for the opening round by dishing out a bagel and a breadstick to Kiki Bertens, winning 6-1, 6-0 in just 35 minutes.

It wasn't quite such a memorable return though for 21 year old Canadian Eugenie Bouchard. Last year's Wimbledon runner-up was shown an early door by qualifier Ying-Ying Duan of China, losing in straight sets, 7-6 (3), 6-4. In fairness to the youngster, she has been nursing an abdominal tear for a while now, and has been in exceptionally poor form this season, losing 12 of her last 14 matches, including a string of first round exits.

Also heading out the door from SW19 was the third seed Simona Halep of Romania. The 2014 French Open runner-up lost in disappointing fashion to unheralded Slovakian Jana Cepelova, ranked outside the top 100. Halep went down in three hard fought sets, 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.

Also advancing to the second round were popular Dane Caroline Wozniacki, and a pair of former Wimbledon finalists in Sabine Lisicki and Agnieszka Radwanska. Germany's Angelique Kerber meanwhile was in a devastating mood, handing out a double bagel to her young compatriot Carina Witthoeft.