Petra cruises into last eight in Prague


No.2 seed Petra Kvitova rolled into the quarterfinals on home soil at the J&T Banka Prague Open on Wednesday with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Russian Natalia Vikhlyantseva.

The World No.10 has dropped just eight games in two matches after posting a 6-1, 6-3 first round win over compatriot Tereza Smitkova, and sets up a quarterfinal meeting with another Czech in Katerina Siniakova or another Russian in Ekaterina Alexandrova.

Breaks for the two-time Wimbledon champion early on in each set helped set the tone for the 56-minute match, as Kvitova was a perfect 4-for-4 on break point chances in the match, and struck over three times the winners of her opponent (16 to 5).

Just as she did in her first round match against another opponent she’d never before played, Kvitova took little time to get going and stamp her authority on the match.

The World No.10 won four straight games after the 21-year-old Russian held serve to open the match, and added an insurance break to cap the first set in style.

In the second set, Kvitova saved a break point in the first game – the lone chance that Vikhlyantseva created in the match – and won both the first three games and the last three to move safely through to the quarterfinals.

 

WTATennis.com