Petra Kvitova continued to make progress at the US Open, moving into the third round after a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Wang Yafan.
The No.5 seed made a strong start to the match but suffered a first-set lapse and threatened to fall behind. However, she found the resources to get the opener on the board before running away with the second.
There were no problems for the Czech in the opening game of the match as she broke with relative ease, yet on her own delivery there was a taste of things to come as she immediately surrendered her advantage.
The tennis early on was fast paced and hectic, with both players seeking to take time away from the other, resulting in dramatic momentum swings.
Kvitova was just a little more consistent initially and opened up a 4-1 advantage.
Wang’s comeback began when a Kvitova serve was controversially ruled out.
Upon challenging, it was shown to have kissed the line, yet she was not given the ace she wished and ultimately lost the game. Another service game would be to love as the Chinese overhauled her and moved into a 5-4 advantage.
This was the ultimate hot-and-cold set from the higher-ranked player, who rallied finally when the odds were against her. An epic rally won down 30-0 on the Wang serve was the catalyst to her recovery, leading her to three successive games and the first set, which was sealed with a tremendous roar.
The second set was not as fraught, but was a touch more consistent from Kvitova. When her lapses came, she tended to have built a large enough advantage in the game to ensure they were not critical.
Again she raced ahead early in the set, and for a period threaten to run away with it. Wang saved a break point in the third game – the first time she had done so in the match – but was unable to make serious inroads into her opponent.
With the finishing line in sight, Kvitova powered to match point, and though the first was saved, a powerful forehand winner brought up another, which was won with a thumping backhand.
She will now face either Vera Zvonareva or the in-form Aryna Sabalenka.
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