WIMBLEDON, England (Kyodo) Japan’s Ai Sugiyama beat Klara Koukalova of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4 and advanced to the third round of the women’s singles at the Wimbledon Championships on Thursday.

Howver, Saori Obata was brushed aside by Russian opponent Vera Zvonareva 6-1, 6-4 while in the first round, Shinobu Asagoe fell to Lisa Raymond of the United States 6-3, 7-6 (7-4).

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