Indian Wells, 3rd Rd: Anisimova snaps Petra win streak

Playing in just her fifth professional match career, American wildcard Amanda Anisimova claimed the biggest win in her career to snap Petra Kvitova’s winning streak in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open.

The 16-year-old played well above her World No.149 ranking to score the straight sets victory, 6-2, 6-4, in just over an hour.

Kvitova came into Indian Wells riding high on a 14-match winning streak, the joint-longest streak of her career, after claiming back-to-back titles in St. Petersburg and Doha.

With her victory, Anisimova becomes the first 16-year-old to reach the fourth round at Indian Wells since 2005. The last player to do so was also a wildcard, Ukraine’s Viktoriya Kutuzova.

Up next, she’ll play the winner between No.5 seed Karolina Pliskova and No.32 seed Zhang Shuai.

Petra extends winning streak to 14 in Indian Wells epic

No.9 seed Petra Kvitova has equalled the longest winning streak of her career in dramatic fashion, capturing her 14th consecutive victory after three hours and 17 minutes on court with a seesawing 6-7(4), 7-6(3), 6-4 victory over Yulia Putintseva in the second round of the BNP Paribas Open.

“It’s kind of tough to explain, because it was really up-and-down,” Kvitova told the press afterwards. “My mental side wasn’t really tough, I have to say. It was always, like, a good point and I was up mentally, and then it was a bad point, and I was down. That was almost all match.”

“I couldn’t show the game which I played the last few weeks,” Kvitova continued. “I just really stayed very calm.”



Seeking to avoid getting bogged down in long rallies on the slow courts, the 29-year-old made her intentions to come forward as often as possible plain in the opening games of the match. However, the Kazakh also able to turn this weapon against her opponent, dragging or luring Kvitova into net with short slices. It was whenever the former World No.2 was in the forecourt but not on her own terms that she was vulnerable, as Putintseva took her pick from a variety of passes and lobs.

Kvitova’s form oscillated from extreme to extreme. Twice in the first set, she fell behind a break, with the nadir being the five netted forehands and two double faults with which she conceded the eighth game – one that left Putintseva serving for the set.

Naturally, a flurry of winners followed from the Czech racket to level the set – but in the ensuing tiebreak, errors on the overhead, at net and with forehands sent long, wide or both meant that she would have to come from a set down for the third match in a row.

Kvitova was forced to draw on all her mental reserves in the opening stages of the second set, saving four break points in her first three service games – three in an epic four-deuce fifth game that saw the former World No.2 swing between stunning winners and cascading errors.

Little about this match would be easy – but Kvitova’s ability is such that for brief moments, she could make it seem so. The eighth game of the second set was one such moment: having spent much of the set bending double and seeming unable to control her power, the St. Petersburg and Dubai champion simply hammered four consecutive returns, all off Putintseva first serves, to rock her opponent back on her heels and casually snatch the break.

Inevitably, attempting to serve out the set would go awry in the next game courtesy of yet more errant forehands, a netted volley and another increase in the double fault tally. But Kvitova would right the ship in another tiebreak, conjuring up some magnificent net play and coming out on the right side of an epic rally that left both players gasping for air.

Though Putintseva was livid at allowing the match to slip, and let it show in an on-court coaching session before the deciding set, the release of emotion proved beneficial for the World No.81. Scurrying from corner to corner and cleverly anticipating the direction of Kvitova’s bombs, the 2016 Roland Garros quarterfinalist recovered an immediate break to leap out to a 4-2 lead.

But though Kvitova appeared to be flagging at times, she has proven over the course of her current winning streak that her stamina is not to be underestimated – spending 10 hours and 38 minutes on court over the course of her title-winning week at the Qatar Total Open. Reeling off 12 of the next 15 points, Putintseva’s lead was eradicated in the blink of an eye.

“Every time I lost serve, then I had chances to break her serve,” Kvitova mused. “So, probably for the time I stayed calm, and just waited for a chance.”

Serving out the match would inevitably be a dramatic microcosm of the rest of it. Kvitova wasted her first match point with her 18th and final double fault, and was forced to save two break points as Putintseva found the corners with her passes. But after three deuces, it was the Kazakh who cracked with an uncharacteristic error: a forehand sent wide that infuriated her so much that she smashed her racket repeatedly into the ground.

The last time Kvitova won 14 straight matches was over 2011-12, when her streak encompassed victories in Linz, the WTA Finals, Fed Cup and Sydney. She’ll have a chance to set a new personal best this week when she takes on either No.23 seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova or 16-year-old wildcard Amanda Anisimova in the third round.

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Petra digs deep to double up in Doha

The statistics surrounding Petra Kvitova’s 13-match unbeaten streak are stunning standing alone. That she has put together one of her best runs of play just over 13 months after her future in the sport was left uncertain after being attacked in her home is flat-out astounding.

Kvitova moved her record to 14-2 this season, after navigating a tough draw to win the Qatar Total Open. En route to her 22nd title, Kvitova defeated No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, No. 3 Elina Svitolina, No.4 Garbiñe Muguruza, No.10 Julia Goerges, and Agnieszka Radwanska, and moved her exemplary record in tournament finals to 22-7. After winning her first title of the season two weeks ago at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, Kvitova has now won back-to-back titles for the first time since 2011 and will return to the Top 10 on Monday for the first time since June 2016.

With her Doha run, Kvitova’s record against Top 10 opposition in 2018 is now 6-0 and she will surge up the Porsche Race to Singapore leaderboard to No.4. Not too shabby for a woman who started the season at No.29.

Interview: Qatar Total Open, SF

Saturday, February 17, 2018 || P. KVITOVA def. C. Wozniacki 3-6, 7-6, 7-5

Q. Hello, Petra.

Hello Courtney.

Q. You said on court that you kind of maybe were mentally kind of all over the place a little bit for a couple of sets. Can you kind of talk about that?

A couple of sets.

Q. I don’t know. I mean you explain it.

Yeah. I felt it like that. I was going to the court and I was like — I knew that I need to play aggressive and going for the winners. I know that she is like catching everything, which she did. And I just probably wasn’t as patient with the balls and with all the winners. And was just a little bit overall plays and I just play everywhere.

So in the second set when I was still down and I was just trying to calm a little bit and just be more like with me and not like putting that much pressure on myself and on all the winners and just try to probably move her a little bit, but not like crazy. So that’s what I tried. And I was just counting like point by point and didn’t really look to pass or too much forward. So that was good one. And I was still kind of like down and I was trying to get back, and then suddenly, yeah, in the third was pretty tough to serve it out.

Q. I mean did you feel as though — I mean was there — did you feel like there was additional pressure today maybe because of the opponent, how well she was playing or fatigue or tension or anything?

I think that she really played great, compared to Beijing was different match. I think she really like improved. She gets almost everything, and with the high ball it was still like before the line. So I was like lots of work to do with me, which probably that’s why I’m tired now.

But yeah, I mean she was serving better. She was like mixing the serve as well. So it was pretty tough to read it. And yeah, she catch almost everything. And I didn’t really went too much forward because she has great like those cross-courts and couldn’t really play any volleys as well. So tough.

Q. But you won.

Well, yeah. I don’t know why, but —

Q. 12 consecutive wins. You’ve beaten three I think Top 10 players this week. Haven’t had an easy draw. What have you been the proudest of over the span of the last three weeks going into the final here?

Just told my coach today that I’m pretty proud of myself when I was kind of adapting for the outdoor conditions, coming from St. Petersburg in Fed Cup. This was what came to my mind today during the warmup. And I hope that like all the work which I did in the off season hopefully it’s just showing up. So like all the fitness which I did, I think I’m pretty okay today with Caroline. I’ve been there for the rallies. I know it wasn’t an easy match playing three sets. With Caroline it’s not really pretty easy. So that’s where I’m proud of myself.

Q. You’re one win away from Top 10. How important is that or how proud would you be of that?

Well, I didn’t know until this time. I’m not sure if it’s good now.

Q. We take it back.

Can you? (Laughs). Okay. Doesn’t matter probably. I mean, well, I expect if I gonna play well, my ranking will go a little bit better. But I think I’m not really thinking about the Top 10. I’m thinking about the final. That’s important right now and I don’t really care what is the number. But I’m really proud that I’m still in the draw. I could have lost twice already, at least. And I’m still here. So that’s very amazing for me. And it’s another tough opponent tomorrow. So I’m just thinking about the title, not about the Top 10.

Q. And how tough or jealous are you that Muguruza had a day off?

Yeah. What I can say? It’s probably good for her. It’s not really easy to play night match, so it’s not really easy, but maybe — you know, I don’t really know what’s in her mind when she has a day off. So I don’t really care. I think tomorrow will be another day, another match. And nobody will look what was yesterday. So we’ll see.

Q. And then when you played in Melbourne, did you ever — do you ever look back and think like how you felt then versus how you feel now? Like you’re on an amazing win streak and Melbourne would have been a really tough loss.

I’m trying not to. Of course sometimes there are some thoughts on that match, but on the other hand, I’m proud how I took it and how everything just is different right now. So I’m looking positively, and I’m trying just to be here and not really think about the past which I couldn’t change anyway. So trying.

Q. Petra, you’re playing Garbiñe tomorrow. Can you talk about that match a little bit, what sort of expectations do you have of her game and how do you prepare for that?

I think it will be a different game compared to today for sure. She’s aggressive player, and she will really go for that. I think that she will try to put the pressure on me, and that’s what I’m going to try as well. So it will be kind of similar game plans. And she’s serving very well as well. She’s nearby the baseline, pushing the opponents. And I think I’m just going to try to be the first one who is going to push her.

Q. Recently you played many matches, tough matches. So I was wondering, your left hand and the fingers. Do you feel any like soreness or stiffness —


Q. It’s completely okay?

Yeah. It’s very good. So I feel almost everything on my body, not my fingers and my hand, which it’s great.

Q. You think what happened to you like one and a half years ago are just pastor do you still think about you are still on the way to coming back?

I think I came back already, which it’s good. I’m playing. Yeah, I still do have some flashbacks sometimes of the past and what’s happened. But it’s not that often as it used to be. So that’s good thing as well and for me mentally. When we talk about the hand, it’s good as well, so then it reminds me that often as well, I really need to be focusing on the hand and see the scars, but I’m not doing that. So then it’s better.

Q. Petra, what has the recovery process been like this week, like after —

You see how late I am.

Q. Hence why I’m asking. I mean is it —

Sorry for that.

Q. No, it’s okay. I mean is it just a lot of massage, ice packs? Is there anything differently you’re doing this week compared to what you had to do in St. Petersburg?

It’s kind of similar, but I do feel like kind of spots on the body which is not that great. So probably that’s why I took a little bit longer, I’m focusing on those places on the body. But overall it’s about the massages and trying to eat well and whatever it’s happened. But I don’t like food anymore which is pretty annoying as well.

Q. You don’t like food anymore?

Well, I can’t really eat. You know, when you are tired, you don’t really have a taste to eat. So that’s in my level now.

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Petra roars past Wozniacki, gets Muguruza in Doha final

With her back against the wall, Petra Kvitova made another one of her famous three-set comebacks to out-hit World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki and take her place in the Qatar Total Open final, where Garbine Muguruza awaits.

Last year’s finalist Wozniacki came into the matchup having lost her last three hardcourt meetings against Kvitova – a streak dating back to 2015 New Haven – but coming off a torrid run of form that had seen her notch 12 semifinal victories in a row.

That streak came to an end against Kvitova’s relentless attacking as the Czech game back from a set and a break down to win 3-6, 7-6(3), 7-5.

After lifting the trophy in St. Petersburg and notching a pair of Fed Cup victories, Kvitova extends her own winning streak to 12 in a row, the second-best winning streak of her career. And, should she triumph in the championship match, the No.21-ranked Kvitova has a shot at return to the WTA’s Top 10.

A Kvitova victory looked far away for much of the first set and a half, though. A scrappy, error-prone game from the Czech handed Wozniacki the first break of the match at 4-2, though Kvitova grabbed it right back with a barrage of forehand winners in the next game. But Wozniacki stayed focused and reeled off the next two games to take the opening set as Kvitova’s form continued to take a dip.

Wozniacki’s dogged defending absorbed Kvitova’s firepower and drew out the errors from the Czech’s racquet, and Wozniacki started the second with another break for a 2-0 lead. Kvitova raised her level considerably to pull of a slew of hotshot-worthy winners and get the break back at 3-3. Stayed toe to toe for the rest of the set until four straight breaks of serve at the end of the set – with Wozniacki serving for the match twice – left them level.

The tug of war continued in the tiebreak, with Wozniacki grabbing the early mini-break and Kvitova roaring back to make it 3-3. Pumped up, Kvitova raised her intensity and reeled off the last four points to send the match into a third set.

With both players dialed in, the third set featured tense and close games as the first eight games went to the server, the momentum swing between the two. This time, it was Kvitova who was broken while serving for the match, as the players traded breaks at 5-4. But Kvitova didn’t let it get away from her, saving her best tennis for last to close out the nearly two-hour and 40-minute battle.

“[It’s] definitely disappointing when I had a chance to serve it out twice in that second set,” Wozniacki said in her post-match press conference. “I didn’t get many first serves in in the first game, and in the second game she played aggressively and I made a few unforced errors.

“I felt that was frustrating because I had my opportunities there.”

Kvitova finished the match with a dizzying 50 winners, far outpacing Wozniacki’s 14 and outweighing her own 59 unforced errors. She also fired off five aces and 11 double faults, winning 66 percent of points behind her first serve.

Through to the final in Qatar for the first time in her career, Kvitova will take on Garbine Muguruza for a shot at taking home two WTA titles in a row.

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Doha: Petra advances following Goerges retirement

Petra Kvitova appeared on course to grab the final spot in the Qatar Total Open final four before Julia Goerges was forced to retire trailing, 6-4, 2-1.

Kvitova and Goerges battled to three sets two weeks ago at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, but Kvitova was in control from the first ball on Friday, striking 13 winners to just seven unforced errors and converted both break points she engineered to remain in the lead when Goerges could no longer continues.

The win marks the two-time Wimbledon champion’s 11th in a row, with a potential return to the Top 10 on the horizon should she capture the title in Doha.

“I’m trying! It’s amazing,” Kvitova said during her on-court interview. “It’s my sixth appearance in Doha and my first semifinal. I’m very happy with that. I’m trying to continue my streak, but it’s not easy, especially since Julia has been playing great. Unfortunately, she had to retire, but I hope she’s able to come back soon.”

Standing between her and a spot in the final is top seed and World No.1 Caroline Wozniacki, who had a much longer day out there on Centre Court as she needed two hours and 20 minutes to defeat two-time Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber in three sets.

Kvitova and Wozniacki have played 12 times, with the Czech powerhouse winning their last three meetings – most recently at last year’s China Open.

“It’s a challenge, for sure. She’s a great player, No.1, just won the Australian Open. She’s a very tough opponent. We know each other very well on and off the court together. I’ll try to play my best, as always. But we’ll see.”

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Petra defeats Svitolina in Doha

Petra Kvitova’s mastery over Elina Svitolina continued on Thursday in Doha, as the Czech No.16 seed won her seventh straight match against the Ukrainian World No.3 to book her spot in the Qatar Total Open quarterfinals, 6-4, 7-5.

A late break in Svitolina’s last service game of each set helped Kvitova move safely through to the quarterfinals in Doha for the third time in her career, though she has never advanced further than the last eight in Qatar.

In seven straight victories which has improved the head-to-head between the two to 7-1 in Kvitova’s favor, the Czech has now won 12 straight sets.

Kvitova last dropped a set in the head-to-head in their third match, as she came from a set down to win in Dubai in 2015, but she has not lost to Svitolina since their first-ever meeting in Cincinnati in 2014.

Her attacking tennis once again won out over Svitolina’s stellar defense, as Kvitova struck 34 winners to 23 unforced errors – doubling the Ukrainian’s total in each column – over the course of the 89-minute encounter.

Interview: Qatar Total Open, 2nd Rd

Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | P. KVITOVA def. A. Radwanska 6-7, 6-3, 6-4

Q. Petra, looked like maybe there was kind of an energy crisis in the first set. Is that pretty accurate. How do you think you turned it around?

PETRA KVITOVA: I have no idea, first of all, how I turned it around. But I felt pretty exhausted. Not like physically but most like mentally. It’s pretty tiring all these matches. But you know, on the other hand I’m very proud of myself that I won it because I don’t know how, but even the first set took like hour and something. And 7-6 I had my chances and everything, and then I won in 3, in the third. So that was pretty good for me. I didn’t have kind of this match pretty long when I lost the first set 7-6 and then I won in the end. So I have to take positively.


Q. What do you think was — were you talking to yourself? Was it helpful what your coach said? What kind of helped you, because you did kind of jump out to that lead after the second set after the disappointment of the first set. What triggered it all?

Well, I just turned it off a little bit. I tried to be more relaxed, not really think about each point. Even though I lost the first game of my serve I think the second set. Then I was leading 2-1 and I felt a little bit better. Then the coach came. And was just a little bit, like easier and my mind was a little bit off. So probably I need my mind more often off and then will be better. But it’s can’t really be like that every time, but it helped today.


Q. How do you kind of manage all that I guess going forward? Is it something that can be fixed with one good night of sleep? I’m guessing no, but I don’t know.

I don’t know either. Yeah. I tried to sleep well but I couldn’t really. You know, I think it’s anytime when you go out there and you want to win and you can just leave everything where you can, and if I’m not like really injured, then I’m going to play. It doesn’t really matter. It’s always some energy in your body, that’s important. But it always depends if the energy is enough for the match. But I know that I can leave always everything out there. So from that point I’m okay.


Q. You’re on a nine-match win streak. I’m just wondering because you’ve had other win streaks as well throughout your career. Is there one that stands out in your head that you remember?

I think it was 2017, ’17 in the end when I won Wujan. Then I lost in Beijing, actually then I won Zhuhai. So it wasn’t that long.


Q. That was ’16.

But it was a good one.


Q. That was the last nice stretch that you had, but you don’t remember the other — you’ve had 10-match win streaks, 11-match win streaks.

Did I?


Q. Yeah. 14 is the longest.

Indoor; right? ’11. I remember Linz and WTA Finals.


Q. 2011 into 2012. But you don’t remember?

No. I’m too tired. No. Sorry.


Q. When do you do to combat jet lag when you travel so much? Like you said, you’re tired, but how do you — tips, you know.

It’s always difficult, when I’m trying not to go to sleep obviously, trying to do something physically, and then I’m trying to fall asleep. But always like there is jet lags which is better for me and there are some which I don’t like too much, like when I fall asleep in the night and waking up pretty late. That’s which one I don’t really like because I’m always kind of early bird. So this is a little bit difficult, and I need to set an alarm unfortunately.


Q. And then Federer is most likely going to get back to No. 1. What are your thoughts on his achievement, if it happens, on him achieving it at 36?

PETRA KVITOVA: It’s amazing for sure. It’s not another word for that. I mean he’s playing unbelievable. And it will be just great for tennis to have him as a No. 1 again.


Q. And you had a long period away. I guess some positives. Does that extend your career a little bit because you’ve had time to take a break and come back or is it something you don’t think about?

I’m not very sure. I think it depends how the break looks like. I don’t think that I had like an really time off. There are some injuries which you take it positively that you have time to put your mind off from the tennis, but there is some times which I think I had, I was still kind of working pretty hard on everything and it was not really easy. And maybe I like was more relaxed from the tennis, but I prefer to play that time. So it’s always depends probably how the mind is set.


Q. It’s a big match next against Svitolina. So what do you expect from that match and what do you think about kind of her within the last year and a half or so? She’s really made that leap forward up the rankings and everything.

It will be very difficult for sure. We play many times already, but it was like before. I think both of us we are in different time of our lives and career, so it will be very interesting. I’m pretty looking forward for the matches. It’s probably why I came back to compete with those players, Aga and Elina. So it will be a great match for me. And we will see. I’m not a favorite of the match, so I can like just go there and play and whatever happens. But I know that she’s playing very well.

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Doha: Pera keeps winning

Petra Kvitova was forced to dig deep to extend her winning streak to nine matches in Doha on Wednesday, coming from a set down to defeat Agnieszka Radwanska and reach the third round at the Qatar Total Open, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4.

Radwanska and Kvitova were meeting for the 12th time in their careers, and outside of four round robin matches at the WTA Finals, the match was the first thw two have played prior to the quarterfinals at any tournament.

“It was just the second round of a huge tournament, which is a bit weird for sure,” Kvitova said on-court after the match.

“It was really up and down. With Aga it’s always tricky – you can serve good and still lose the game…she’s just getting everything back and it’s very difficult for us.”


The No.16 seed ground her way to a third-round spot the hard way, needing to come from a set down after serving for the opener.

Nonetheless, it was the Czech’s big serve and aggressive groundstrokes which allowed her to score her a three-set comeback victory over Radwanska for the first time since Eastbourne in 2011, as she won the last five points of the match to serve it out.

Kvitova crushed a staggering 63 winners over the course of the match and served at nearly 70% in the victory, balancing out 54 unforced errors off the ground and eight double faults.

Radwanska forced Kvitova to come up with stunning tennis more often than not, as she totaled just 12 winners and 13 unforced errors in two hours, 35 minutes.

Petra roars through Doha debut, extends winning streak

Petra Kvitova took home her 21st title at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy two weeks ago, and already appears ready for WTA title No.22 at the Qatar Total Open, earning a 6-0, 6-3 first round victory over wildcard Cagla Buyukakcay in under an hour.

The two-time Wimbledon champion spent the weekend in Prague, contributing a pair of singles wins to lead team Czech Republic to a 3-1 Fed Cup decision against Switzerland, and extended her winning streak to eight in a row on Tuesday, striking 34 winners to just 15 unforced errors.

“I’ve gotten some sleep, just a little bit. I’m happy to be here; it was definitely a tough schedule for me, but getting an eighth win is something really nice for me. It’s been super really long since I’ve had such a good run. I’m just trying to continue with that.”


Buyukakcay made a career breakthrough in Doha back in 2016, upsetting then-World No.7 Lucie Safarova en route to the Round of 16 – later winning her maiden WTA title at home in Istanbul – and kept things close in the second set, twice exchanging breaks with Kvitova, but the Czech star proved too strong, converting six of seven break point opportunities and hitting four aces to close out the match in 56 minutes.

“It was my biggest motivation to be back playing on the tennis court, competing against the best players,”


Kvitova said of her five month injury hiatus in 2017, when she recovered from a devestating hand injury incurred over the off-season.

“The dream came true, so I’m happy to be in the draw again.”


Up next for Kvitova is a fellow former World No.2 and longtime rival, Agnieszka Radwanska. The duo have played 11 times – the first time nearly a decade ago in 2009 – and though Kvitova leads the head-to-head 6-5, Radwanska has won the last three, most recently at the 2016 Connecticut Open in New Haven.

“It’s a pretty interesting second round,” Kvitova said. “We know each other very well on and off the court. I think I probably saw the end of the last match which she played yesterday when we get to the hotel. But overall I know that she’s pretty tricky. And that’s all I can really say, nothing more. She can play unbelievable. So I need to be ready for that.

“Here it’s a little bit windy. I think it’s a little bit her advantage as well. But I need to just play my game and continue in what I played in St. Petersburg and Prague. So that’s how it is.”


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