Kvitova, Stephens advance at Wimbledon

Petra Kvitova and Sloane Stephens were among the early winners Saturday in the third round at Wimbledon.

Kvitova, the 2011 champ and this year's eighth seed, trailed in the third set of her match against Russian Ekaterina Makarova when darkness halted play on Friday, but the Czech star dominated when play resumed. She dropped just one game Saturday and advanced with a 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 triumph.

Next up for Kvitova will be Spain's Carla Suarez Navarro, who completed her third-round win Friday against Canada's Eugenie Bouchard.

Stephens also had her match halted by darkness Friday after splitting the first two sets with Petra Cetkovska, but the 17th-seeded American managed to pull out a 7-6 (7-3), 0-6, 6-4 victory.

Just 20 years old, Stephens has now reached at least the fourth round of each Grand Slam this year. She was a surprise semifinalist at the Australian Open after beating Serena Williams in the quarters and lost to Maria Sharapova in the French Open fourth round.

Monica Puig will be the fourth round opponent for Stephens on Monday. The Puerto Rico native upset fifth-seeded Sara Errani in the first round and completed her first week at the All England Club with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 win over Eva Birnerova of the Czech Republic in another match stopped Friday by darkness.

Also Saturday, 11th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci eased past Slovakia's Dominika Cibulkova, 6-1, 6-4.

Saturday's schedule also features the top-seeded Williams against Japanese veteran Kimiko Date-Krumm and former Grand Slam champions Li Na and Samantha Stosur in separate matches. Li, the sixth seed, will meet Klara Zakopalova and the 14th-seeded Stosur will square off against 2011 Wimbledon semifinalist Sabine Lisicki.