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.