RG: Petra sprints past Arruabarrena in Paris


After getting off to a slow start in her opening round, No.8 seed Petra Kvitova had no such troubles at the French Open on Wednesday, dispatching Lara Arruabarrena in straight sets, 6-0, 6-4.

The two-time Wimbledon champion needed to come from a set down to see off Veronica Cepede Royg in first round action on Monday, but had fewer issues en route to booking her spot in the round of 32.

The Czech set the tone with a break in the opening game of the match, hitting 14 winners to just four unforced errors over the first six games to cruise to a bagel in just over 20 minutes, but the World No.91 put up stronger resistance in the second set.

Though the Spaniard got on the board and stayed even with the World No.8 over the first four games, she was unable to come back from a 0-40 hole in the fifth game on serve, and surrendered parity on the third break point she faced.

However, a strong game for Arruabarrena on return helped generate her first break point of the match. The 26-year-old had won just eighth points in the Czech’s previous five service games, but pulled herself back even and ahead once more on serve.

Kvitova raised her level when needed from there, powering through an eighth game where Arruabarren pegged her back to deuce from 40-0 on serve, and won 10 of the last 12 points of the match to safely advance.

Up next for the No.8 seed will be a third round clash with either No.25 seed Anett Kontaveit, or Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru.

 

WTAtennis.com