Petra Kvitova took home her 21st title at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy two weeks ago, and already appears ready for WTA title No.22 at the Qatar Total Open, earning a 6-0, 6-3 first round victory over wildcard Cagla Buyukakcay in under an hour.
The two-time Wimbledon champion spent the weekend in Prague, contributing a pair of singles wins to lead team Czech Republic to a 3-1 Fed Cup decision against Switzerland, and extended her winning streak to eight in a row on Tuesday, striking 34 winners to just 15 unforced errors.
“I’ve gotten some sleep, just a little bit. I’m happy to be here; it was definitely a tough schedule for me, but getting an eighth win is something really nice for me. It’s been super really long since I’ve had such a good run. I’m just trying to continue with that.”
Buyukakcay made a career breakthrough in Doha back in 2016, upsetting then-World No.7 Lucie Safarova en route to the Round of 16 – later winning her maiden WTA title at home in Istanbul – and kept things close in the second set, twice exchanging breaks with Kvitova, but the Czech star proved too strong, converting six of seven break point opportunities and hitting four aces to close out the match in 56 minutes.
“It was my biggest motivation to be back playing on the tennis court, competing against the best players,”
Kvitova said of her five month injury hiatus in 2017, when she recovered from a devestating hand injury incurred over the off-season.
“The dream came true, so I’m happy to be in the draw again.”
Up next for Kvitova is a fellow former World No.2 and longtime rival, Agnieszka Radwanska. The duo have played 11 times – the first time nearly a decade ago in 2009 – and though Kvitova leads the head-to-head 6-5, Radwanska has won the last three, most recently at the 2016 Connecticut Open in New Haven.
“It’s a pretty interesting second round,” Kvitova said. “We know each other very well on and off the court. I think I probably saw the end of the last match which she played yesterday when we get to the hotel. But overall I know that she’s pretty tricky. And that’s all I can really say, nothing more. She can play unbelievable. So I need to be ready for that.
“Here it’s a little bit windy. I think it’s a little bit her advantage as well. But I need to just play my game and continue in what I played in St. Petersburg and Prague. So that’s how it is.”
Courtesy of WTATennis.com