Birmingham: Petra overpowers Gavrilova to move into quarters

Defending champion Petra Kvitova stormed through to the quarterfinals of the Nature Valley Classic, beating Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-2 in the second round.

Despite the Australian winning in their previous two meetings, the World No.8 dominated the match to advance in what she hopes will be a successful week in Birmingham as she builds up momentum on the grass before Wimbledon where she will be looking for her third title in eight years.

Kvitova, already with four titles in 2018 – more than anyone else on the tour – showed her intentions early on with some powerful backhands that proved too strong for Gavrilova, breaking in her opening service game and rushing into a 4-0 lead.

Gavrilova struggled on her serve, with several double faults early on in the first set as Kvitova made her pay with some super returning.

The 24 year-old broke Kvitova back and continued to hang on in points where her opponent was regularly the aggressor, but it was not enough as the two-time Grand Slam champion took the first set 6-2.

Gavrilova found her feet a little more in the second set but failed to capitalize on break point at 2-2 and was punished in the following game as Kvitova took a decisive break.

Coming off the back of a thirteen-match unbeaten streak on clay, including victories in both Prague and Madrid, Kvitova will now be hoping for a strong grass-court season, which is where she has achieved Grand Slam success.

Kvitova will now face either Julia Goerges or Ashleigh Barty in the quarterfinals. / photo: Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images Europe