Bertens grounds Petra in Madrid Open rematch

In a rematch of last year’s Mutua Madrid Open final, No.7 seed Kiki Bertens earned her revenge against Petra Kvitova in dominant fashion on Thursday, soaring past the Czech in straight sets, 6-2, 6-3.

Bertens was dominant from start to finish against the defending champion, keeping the Czech’s booming game contained and firing 13 winners en route to victory.

Although her run at Madrid has come to an end, three-time champion Kvitova can still claim a sweet consolation prize: her stellar history here makes her the winningest champion in tournament history, and she has the most wins here of any other player, owning a 29-7 win-loss record.

Up next, Bertens will take on No.8 seed Sloane Stephens as she seeks a spot back in the Madrid Open final. Stephens eased past Petra Martic in straights sets earlier in the day to advance, winning 6-4, 6-3. / photos: Jimmie48 Tennis Photography