Wimbledon: Agnieszka Radwanska Blasts Past Kateryna Kozlova

Updated: 29 June 2016 20:14 IST

Agnieszka Radwanska, who reached the Wimbledon final in 2012, overwhelmed Kateryna Kozlova 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour Wednesday to move into the second round at the All England Club

Wimbledon: Agnieszka Radwanska Blasts Past Kateryna Kozlova
Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska waves to the crowd after beating Ukraine's Kateryna Kozlova during their women's singles first round Wimbledon match on Wednesday. © AFP

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With rain delaying play on the outside courts on day three of Wimbledon, Agnieszka Radwanska wasted no time in taking care of business under the roof on Centre Court.

The third-seeded Pole, who reached the final here in 2012, overwhelmed Kateryna Kozlova 6-2, 6-1 in just over an hour Wednesday to move into the second round at the All England Club.

Radwanska used her clever all-court game to thoroughly dominate the 97th-ranked Ukrainian, who was making her main draw debut at Wimbledon and has never won a Grand Slam match. Radwanska won the first four games and was always in control.

"A one-hour match is always good, especially with that weather," Radwanska said. "Now we're playing every day, so I'm just very happy with that win and ready for the next one."

The match was played in its entirety under the retractable roof, which was closed after steady rain lashed the grounds and forced delays on all other courts.

"It's like an indoor tournament, sometimes," Radwanska said. "Have to kind of get used to that. Of course, it's a little bit different without the sun, without the wind. So it's a different game. But, well, it's good that we could play today."

Radwanska lost to Serena Williams in three sets in the 2012 final. The two are in the same half of the draw this year and could meet in the semifinals.

"(I'm) trying every year to do better and better, of course," Radwanska said. "I was close a couple times. So it's another year to try. And hopefully I can do one step (further)."

Before play was stopped by rain on the outside courts, three players managed to finish matches that had been suspended the previous day: 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych completed a 7-5, 7-5 (5), 5-7, 6-1, 7-6 (2) win over Ivan Dodig; Andrea Petkovic, seeded No. 32, beat Nao Hibino of Japan, 3-6, 7-5, 6-2; and Evgeniya Rodina downed Lesia Tsurenko 6-3, 7-5.

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Highlights
  • Radwanska took just an hour to beat her first round opponent
  • Radwanska overwhelmed Kateryna Kozlova 6-2, 6-1 under Centre Court roof
  • Steady rain lashed Wimbledon and forced delays on all other courts
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