WIMBLEDON, England -- Rising American star
Stephens, seeded No. 17, had to wait overnight because her third-round match against
Their final set took some strange turns Saturday as Cetkovska opened a 2-0 lead only to double-fault three times and let Stephens take the lead on her way to winning the third set, 6-4. That advanced Stephens into the fourth round here for the first time.
Stephens said she had been in a similar holding pattern only a few times before and that it felt "weird" to know she'd have to play only one set on Saturday, a feeling that was soon replaced by joy.
“I’m excited about being in the second week again,” said Stephens, who defeated World No. 1
Her next opponent will be Monica Puig of Puerto Rico, who defeated Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic, 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. Puig and Stephens both live in Florida and briefly attended the same tennis academy. Stephens, who also spends part of her year in Los Angeles, said she knows Puig well and recalled them facing each other in a junior competition but they don't socialize. "We're not like besties," she said.
Kvitova, seeded No. 8, also had to wait overnight after she and
Kvitova said it's difficult to compare her play this year to her championship play here two years ago.
"I'm not a person who likes to compare some years," she said. "Of course, 2011 I played really well. I play my best, for sure. Every shot was going to the court.
"It's not the same this year. I have some good things in my game what really seems like 2011. But I drop off a little bit. It's always a little bit up and down, but I hope it will be more up than down."
Eighteen-year-old Madison Keys of the U.S. tested 2012 Wimbledon runner-up
In keeping with the upsets that dominated the early rounds, a few more top-seeded players lost Saturday.
Kubot will next face 111th-ranked