Daria Gavrilova scored her second victory over a Grand Slam champion in as many weeks on Saturday, as she defeated No.5 seed Petra Kvitova in the first round of the China Open, 6-2, 6-1.
An up-and-down performance from the World No.5 sealed her fate in the first match of the day on the Diamond Court, as she was largely the one who finished the points in one way or the other.
Kvitova racked up 39 unforced errors over the course of 93 minutes, despite also totaling 26 winners, and lost serve six times in the match overall.
The opening set began ominously for the World No.5, who lost her next two service games from deuce after holding fairly comfortably to begin the match.
Trailing 4-1, Kvitova earned her lone break of the match in one of five deuce games which ultimately dotted the landscape of the opening set.
Nonetheless, she was unable to gather any sustained momenum, and surrendered the last two games – including the last five points of the set after building a 0-40 lead on the Aussie’s serve – to drop the opener.
Despite tallying 17 winners in the first set, Kvitova also logged 17 unforced errors, while Gavrilova recorded four winners and five unforced.
The Aussie also avoided the pitfall of too many second serves by having an excellent day at the line, as she landed 81 percent of her first serves overall and a sparkling 87 percent in the first set.
Kvitova remained unable to find the answers to Gavrilova’s staunch defending in the second set, with several marathon rallies going the Aussie’s way as games flipped to her side of the scoreboard.
The World No.33 hit a tidy 12 winners to 12 unforced errors in the match, and stamped her authority on the second set with a love break to begin it.
Two more breaks for Gavrilova followed, as Kvitova hit five of her six double faults in the match in the second set, and the 24-year-old wrapped up the upset in a titantic, eight-deuce affair in the final game on her fourth match point.