AO 3rd Rd: Petra blasts past Bencic to reach AO 2nd week

No.8 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic made it into the second week of a Grand Slam event for the first time in over a year at the Australian Open on Friday, dispatching Belinda Bencic of Switzerland, 6-1, 6-4, in a third-round meeting.

Two-time Wimbledon champion Kvitova failed to advance past the third round at any of the majors last season, but was able to break her duck already in 2019 after easing past 49th-ranked Bencic in a comprehensive 68-minute encounter.

Former Top 10 player Bencic held a respectable 13-13 win-loss record against Top 10 players coming into the match, but Kvitova had emerged victorious in both of their prior meetings, and picked up a third straight win by winning a massive 86 percent of points on her first serve, and firing 32 winners to only 19 unforced errors.

In the fourth round, Kvitova will now play one of the surprise packages of the tournament, 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova of the United States. Anisimova moved into the fourth round of a Grand Slam event for the first time in her career when she outhit No.11 seed Aryna Sabalenka, 6-3, 6-2, earlier on Friday.