No.4 seed and 2011 champion Petra Kvitova survived a stern battle on Tuesday in the opening round of the Brisbane International on Tuesday, as the Czech outlasted American Danielle Collins 6-7(6), 7-6(6), 6-3, after exactly three hours of gripping tennis.
“I am very proud that I was able to win after three hours and after tricky points,” Kvitova told the media during her post-match press conference.
“Good to be in the second round.”
In the first meeting between the two players, the feisty Collins claimed the opening set after saving five set points, and twice was two points away from victory in the second set. Kvitova, however, maneuvered her way to a narrow escape, denying Collins the second Top 10 win of her career.
“I was quite nervous for the match, and through the first set as well,” said Kvitova. “I started very well, but I didn’t really keep doing what I wanted.
And sure, I had three set points in the tiebreak in the first set, and serving for the set as well, and I just didn’t make it, which wasn’t really easy for the mental side.”
“But the second set was good to win, for sure,” Kvitova continued. “I played great, finally, after two really tough sets[…Collins] came back again, but luckily I was able to hold the serve in the end.”
Kvitova will take on Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in the second round.
Kontaveit breezed past Carla Suarez Navarro, 6-0, 6-3, in the opening round on Monday.
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