WORLD No. 2 Victoria Azarenka eased to the fourth round with a straight-sets win over Slovakian qualifier Jana Cepelova, 6-3, 6-3, on Saturday in the Wimbledon Championships.
A semifinalist last year, Azarenka proved too much for the 178th-ranked Cepelova, who is playing her first Grand Slam tournament.
The Australian Open champion Azarenka broke Cepelova’s serve five times but also dropped serve twice.
Serena Williams squeaked past Zheng Jie 6-7 (5), 6-2, 9-7 to also reach the fourth round.
Defending champion Petra Kvitova downed Varvara Lepchenko of the US, 6-1, 6-0, former French Open champion and now No. 14 Ana Ivanovic defeated No. 22 Julia Goerges, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, while Francesca Schiavone, seeded 24th and also a former champion at Roland Garros, advanced with a 6-0, 6-4 win over 31st-ranked Klara Zakopalova.
Local bet Andy Murray sealed a place in the fourth round just in time as officials were planning to postpone the match for Monday, overcoming Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5, 6-1, after three hours and 13 minutes of play.
Nadal's conqueror Lucas Rosol, meanwhile, was quickly sent out, Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber needing just 97 minutes to complete a 6-2, 6-3, 7-6 victory. Kohlschreiber next meets Brian Baker of the US, who defeated Benoit Paire of France, 6-4, 4-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Seventh seed David Ferrer of France also entered the fourth round, downing three-time runner-up Andy Roddick, 2-6, 7-6, 6-4, 6-3, to set up a showdown with Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina, a 6-3, 7-6(3), 6-1 winner over 19th seed Japanese Kei Nishikori.