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 si došla v Dauhá pro druhý titul

Statistiky okolo šňůry třinácti zápasů bez prohry jsou samy o sobě ohromující. Petra Kvitová předvedla jednu z nejlepších jízd v posledních třinácti měsících poté, co její budoucnost byla po útoku v jejím bytě nejistá.

Kvitová vylepšila svou bilanci v letošní sezoně na 14-2, poté, co se probila těžkým pavoukem a vyhrála Qatar Total Open. Cestou k dvaadvacátému titulu Kvitová porazila světovou jedničku Caroline Wozniackou, světovou trojku Elinu Svitolinovou, čtyřku Garbine Muguruzaovou, desítku Julii Goergesovou a Agnieszku Radwanskou, a upravila své skóre turnajových finále na 22-7. Poté, co před dvěma týdny vyhrála první titul sezony na St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, Kvitová vyhrála dva po sobě následující turnaje poprvé od roku 2011 a v pondělí se vrátí do první desítky poprvé od června 2016.

S jízdou v Dauhá je bilance Kvitové proti soupeřkám z první desítky v roce 2018 zatím 6-0 a v žebříčku Porsche Race to Singapore se posune na čtvrté místo. Skvělý výkon pro hráčku, která začínala rok na 29. místě.

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 v Dauhá porazila Svitolinovou

Nadvláda Petry Kvitové nad Elinou Svitolinovou pokračovala ve čtvrtek v Dauhá, kdy šestnáctá nasazená Češka porazila Ukrajinku 6-4, 7-5 a zajistila si tak místo ve čtvrtfinále Qatar Total Open.

Jediný brejk v každém setu pomohl Kvitové k bezpečnému postupu do třetího čtvrtfinále v Dauhá, kde nikdy dále než mezi posledních osm nedošla.

V sedmi vítězstvích v řadě, které vzájemnou statistiku mezi hráčkami upravilo na 7-1 ve prospěch Češky, Češka nyní vyhrála 12 setů v řadě.

Kvitová proti soupeřce naposledy ztratila set v jejich třetím vzájemném zápase, kdy otáčela ze stavu 0-1 na sety v Dubaji v roce 2015, ale se Svitolinovou neprohrála zápas od jejich prvního vzájemného utkání v Cincinnati v roce 2014.

Její útočný tenis znovu prorazil skvělou obranu Svitolinové, když Kvitová během utkání, které trvalo 89 minut, zahrála 34 vítězných míčů a 23 nevynucených chyb, dvojnásobek statistik Ukrajinky v každé kategorii.

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 zahájila turnaj v Dauhá skvěle

Petra Kvitová před dvěma týdny získala svůj jednadvacátý titul na St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy a zdá se, že je připravená svůj dvaadvacátý titul získat na Qatar Total Open, kde v prvním kole porazila hráčku startující na divokou kartu, Caglu Buyukakcayovou, za necelou hodinu poměrem 6-0, 6-3.

Dvojnásobná wimbledonská šampionka strávila víkend v Praze, kde dvěma výhrami ve dvouhrách přispěla k vítězství českého fedcupového týmu nad Švýcarskem 3-1, a v úterý si prodloužila svou sérii vítězství na osm, když zahrála 34 vítězných míčů a jen 15 nevynucených chyb.

“Trochu jsem se vyspala. Jsem šťastná, že jsem tady, byl to pro mě náročný program, ale vyhrát poosmé v řadě je skvělé. Už je to hodně dlouho, co jsem měla takovou šňůru. Snažím se v tom pokračovat.”


Průlom v kariéře Buyukakcayové byl turnaj v Dauhá v roce 2016, kdy porazila tehdejší světovou sedmičku Lucii Šafářovou na cestě do druhého kola, a později vyhrála svůj první titul na okruhu WTA doma v Istanbulu. Ve druhém setu zápasu si s Kvitovou dvakrát vyměnily servisy, ale Češka byla příliš silnou soupeřkou. Proměnila šest ze sedmi brejkbolů a zahrála pět es. Zápas trval 56 minut.

Petra poslala Češky do Fedcupového semifinále

Česká republika postoupila do fedcupového semifinále po nedělní výhře dvojnásobné wimbledonské šampionky Petry Kvitové nad Švýcarkou Belindou Bencicovou 6-2, 6-4.

Vítězství Kvitové v druhé rundě zápasů dvouhry poslalo Češky do vedení 3-0 a zajistilo jim desátou účast po sobě mezi posledními čtyřmi týmy. V dubnu se v semifinále utkají s Německem nebo Běloruskem.

Druhý singlový zápas se neodehrál, ale Švýcarky Timea Bacsinszká a Jil Teichmannová porazily Lucii Šafářovou a Barboru stýcovou 1-6, 6-4, 10-8 a skóre upravily na závěrečných 3-1.

Sedmadvacetiletá Kvitová, která triumfovala na Wimbledonu v letech 2011 a 2014, proměnila proti Bencicové hned první mečbol.

“Dnes to bylo lepší než včera, kdy jsem hrála Fed Cup opět po tak dlouhé době a musela jsem si na to zvyknout,” řekla. “Byl to od nás obou dobrý zápas, ale už jsem nebyla tak nervózní jako včera.”


Češka dostala soupeřku pod tlak svými agresivními údery a dvakrát jí v úvodní sadě vzala servis.

Kvitová, která zahrála celkem 10 es, pak získala rozhodující brejk na 4-3 ve druhém setu poté, co Bencicová poslala forhend do autu.
Pro Kvitovou to byl skvělý návrat do Fed Cupu poté, co byla zraněna nožem při útoku v prosinci 2016.

Kvitová, která tento měsíc vyhrála turnaj v Sankt Petěrburgu v Rusku, byla členkou českého týmu, který vyhrál pět z posledních sedmi Fed Cupů.