Keys beats Kumkhum, marches into 3rd round

Keys is set to play Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina, world No. 120, who came from behind to pull off an upset win over world No. 51 Sorana Cirstea of Romania 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Madison Keys took an hour and 16 minutes to secure her spot in the Grand Slam tournament’s third round for the fifth time in her career.   -  AP

World No.11 Madison Keys of the United States defeated World No. 91 Luksika Kumkhum of Thailand 6-4, 6-3 on Wednesday in the second round of Wimbledon.

The 23-year-old took an hour and 16 minutes to secure her spot in the Grand Slam tournament’s third round for the fifth time in her career, reports Efe.

Keys is set to play Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina, world No. 120, who came from behind to pull off an upset win over world No. 51 Sorana Cirstea of Romania 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.

Venus of the US battled past Romania’s world No. 141 Alexandra Dulgheru 4-6, 6-0, 6-1 in just under two hours, advancing to the third round of the grass-court Grand Slam for the 18th time in her career.

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“(Dulgheru) definitely played well the first set and I definitely gave her a few errors as well. The first set was all credit to her,” the 38-year-old said after the match.

“I don’t know if I’ve ever played her before, so it’s always difficult to play someone for the first time — I’m sure she’s seen me play a lot. She was extremely competitive,” she added.

Venus is set to play the third round against the winner of the match between world No. 20 Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands and Russia’s Anna Blinkova, world No. 107.

World No. 55 Donna Vekic of Croatia also advanced to the third round after beating Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson 7-5, 6-4.

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