No.5 seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, twice a winner of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, started her quest for a third title in five years with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Aleksandra Krunic of Serbia in the second round on Tuesday.
Kvitova was the inaugural champion in Wuhan in 2014 and doubled up with another trophy in 2016. The Czech, though, had lost her only previous meeting with Krunic, as the Serb claimed a stunning upset in the third round of the US Open in 2014. However, Kvitova avenged that loss with the Wuhan win in one hour and 20 minutes.
“Definitely, I’m very satisfied how I played today,” Kvitova told the press, after the match. “I lost to her the last time we played. She is playing a little bit unusual than the other players. I knew it will be difficult. But my serve helped me a lot today. I was very pleased with that. I think I really kept everything what I had to, played aggressive, but not too much risk.”
“When you are coming somewhere where you know you played well before, it’s always easier for the mind,” Kvitova continued.
The Czech star improved her lifetime Wuhan record to 13-2 after the victory over Krunic.
In the third round, Kvitova will take on Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia, who eliminated No.12 seed and last week’s Seoul titlist Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 6-4, 6-2, earlier on Thursday.