Halep and Williams through, Kvitova out

Simona Halep rallied superbly to see off Beatriz Haddad Maia at Wimbledon on Wednesday, but it was the end of the road for Petra Kvitova.

Second seed Halep made a terrible start to her second-round clash, quickly finding herself 0-3 down. She managed to get back on level terms but then found herself in trouble again as Haddad Maia broke for a second time, giving herself a chance to serve out the first set.

Halep rallied again, however, claiming two successive breaks to turn the tables on her Brazilian opponent and take a one-set lead.

The Romanian then saved four break points in game four of the second set, before taking total control of the match with another pair of breaks, ultimately cruising to a 7-5, 6-3 victory.

It was a different story for former two-time Wimbledon champ Kvitova, however. Her hopes of a third title were quashed after going down 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 to American Madison Brengle.

Kvitova, who only recently returned to the game after being stabbed by an intruder at her home in December, considered just making it to Wimbledon as a victory for her.

The Czech won her first-round match but was struggling in the third set against Brengle on Wednesday and had to call for the trainer.

Brengle ultimately took control of the match in the third and earned three match points, squandering the first two before drawing the unforced error from Kvitova's racquet to advance.

Also getting knocked out was 17th seed Madison Keys, beaten 6-4, 6-7 (10-12), 6-1 by Italian Camila Giorgi.

Meanwhile, Venus Williams continued to overcome her off-court troubles by beating China's Wang Qiang 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 and booking her place in the third round.

The five-time Wimbledon champ could face a potential wrongful death lawsuit after being involved in a car accident that resulted in the death of an elderly man, but is somehow managing to focus on the job at hand this week.

Fourth seed Elina Svitolina was another winner on the day, easily seeing off Francesca Schiavone 6-3, 6-0, while Victoria Azarenka and Johanna Konta were among those to book their places in the next round earlier in the afternoon.

Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko made hard work of her match against Francoise Abanda but hung on to secure a 4-6, 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 victory.

All of Wednesday's second-round results

6-Johanna Konta (Gbr) bt Donna Vekic (Cro) 7-6 (7-4) 4-6 10-8
10-Venus Williams (USA) bt Qiang Wang (Chn) 4-6, 6-4, 6-1
2-Simona Halep (Rom) bt Beatriz Haddad Maia (Bra) 7-5, 6-3 
Heather Watson (Gbr) bt (18) Anastasija Sevastova (Lat) 6-0 6-4(12)
Victoria Azarenka (Blr) bt 15-Elena Vesnina (Rus) 6-3 6-3
Camila Giorgi (Ita) bt 17-Madison Keys (USA) 6-4, 6-7 (10-12), 6-1
Shuai Peng (Chn) bt 25-Carla Suarez Navarro (Spain) 6-2, 6-2
Carina Witthoeft (Ger) bt Aryna Sabalenka (Blr) 7-6, 3-6, 6-3
Ana Konjuh (Cro) bt Irina-Camelia Begu (Rom) 7-6, 2-6, 6-3
22-Naomi Osaka (Jpn) bt Barbora Zahlavova Strycova (Cze) 6-1, 0-6, 6-4
Dominika Cibulkova (Svk) bt Jennifer Brady (USA) 6-4 6-4
21-Caroline Garcia (Fra) bt Ana Bogdan (Rom) 6-4, 6-3
13-Jelena Ostapenko (Lat) bt Francoise Abanda (Can) 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-3
Maria Sakkari (Gre) bt Kristyna Pliskova (Cze) 7-6, 6-4, 6-4
4-Elina Svitolina (Ukr) bt Francesca Schiavone (Ita), 6-3, 6-0
Madison Brengle (USA) 6-3, 1-6, 6-2 bt Petra Kvitova (Cze)

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