LONDON (Reuters) - Fourth seed Svetlana Kuznetsova strolled into the third round of Wimbledon on Wednesday, defeating Ukrainian Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2 6-3.
The 22-year-old Russian was relieved to enjoy an easy afternoon on Centre Court having been forced to come from a set behind to sneak past French qualifier Mathilde Johansson in round one.
“I think I did everything to have it easier,” the former U.S. Open champion told a news conference.
“I played much better, and I was just playing a little bit more like you should play on grass, not on clay court. For me it’s difficult to adjust.”
Bondarenko, the world number 47 and a junior winner here four years ago, rallied in the second set but was unable to recover from falling two breaks behind in each set.
Kuznetsova, a three-times Wimbledon quarter-finalist, was equally disappointed with her service game which she gave away twice in an otherwise error-free performance.
“I was really happy with everything except my serve,” she said.
“I could not get my serve in as much as I would like to. I was maybe wanting to do too much with this, and I wanted to go more forward, which I think I did pretty well.”
Kuznetsova will hope to celebrate her birthday on Friday with victory over another qualifier, Czech Barbora Zahlavova Strycova.
The world number 109 made it to a grand slam third round for the first time when Bondarenko’s older sister, the 28th seeded Alona, retired injured trailing 3-6 0-3.
Editing by Clare Lovell