3 Jul 2011

Czech wins women's singles; Erakovic out of doubles

11:15 am on 3 July 2011

The Czech tennis player Petra Kvitova has won the women's singles final at Wimbledon.

Playing her first Grand Slam final, the eighth-seeded Kvitova comfortably beat the fifth-seeded former champion Maria Sharapova of Russia 6-3, 6-4.

She became only the third Czech woman to win a Wimbledon title, following nine-time champion Martina Navratilova and Jana Novotna (who won in 1998), both of whom were there to see her do it.

No joy for Marina Erakovic in the women's doubles: the New Zealand No 1 and her Thai partner Tamarine Tanasugarn lost their semi-final against Germany's Sabine Lisicki and Samantha Stosur of Australia.

Resuming at 5-5 in the decisive third set after bad light had forced the match into a second day, Erakovic and Tanasurgarn were two points away from the final before Lisicki and Stosur fought back to win 6-3, 4-6, 8-6.

The top-seeded American brothers Bob and Mike Bryan won the men's doubles for the second time, beating the eighth seeds, Robert Lindstedt (Sweden) and Horia Tecau (Romania), 6-3, 6-4, 7-6.