While Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams were busy tearing lumps out of each other in an epic on Centre Court, Agnieszka Radwanska kept her progress efficient and under the radar on No.2 Court on Friday.
The No.4 seed advanced steadily to the fourth round with a businesslike win over Michelle Larcher De Brito 6-2, 6-0 in 57 minutes.
Radwanska - the 2012 runner-up - has been in a hurry this year. She overcame qualifier Andreea Mitu 6-2, 6-1 in the first round and spent just 56 minutes on court beating world no.36 Casey Dellacqua in straight sets.
Great things were expected from Portuguese Larcher De Brito. The world No.102 likes Wimbledon – after all it was she who downed former champion Maria Sharapova on Wacky Wednesday last year - and when she broke in the third game of the match, the crowd settled down in the sunshine for a tussle.
But Radwanska broke back the very next game and had things her way from then on. Larcher De Brito’s frustration was clear serving at 5-2 down in the first. She saved break points but the Pole coolly clinched the set with a beautiful cross court forehand return to just nick the line. The Portuguese stood motionless watching the ball head for the stand.
Pressure on Larcher De Brito’s serve told brutally in the second. Though she had the higher first serve percentage of the two women, it was points won on first serve that really told. Her tally stood at 37 percent, with Radwanska’s winning return the difference. Knowing that the world No.4 was likely to whip out another line-clipping finish at any point fed Larcher De Brito’s anxieties. Her error count soared.
The Portuguese’s shoe felt the impact of her disappointment and she gestured aggressive advice at herself between sets, but Radwanska was just too good. Last year’s Wimbledon stunner had no answers.
Afterwards the understated Pole was modest about her comprehensive victory.
"I think I just knew what I had to do to win that match," she said. "I think the second set was much better for me as well. I was serving much better and just feeling confident. You know, pretty good today."
'Pretty good' certainly covers a second set wrapped up in 22 minutes and 100% of break points won. Title-challenger Radwanska marches into the fourth round for the loss of only nine games. The battlers in the other half of the draw had better get some rest.
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