No.3 seed Petra Kvitova has shaken off last week’s disappointing loss in emphatic style, powering back into the Miami Open third round after moving past Maria Sakkari in two tough sets.
The Czech No.1 came into Miami looking to continue where she started the season. Kvitova rose to the World No.2 ranking after winning Sydney and reaching finals at the Australian Open and Dubai. But an unfortunate draw at the BNP Paribas Open threatened to ground her momentum to a halt, recording a rare opening match loss after falling to an on-fire Venus Williams in a three-set heartbreaker.
Still, Kvitova proved in her Miami opening match that she’s already bounced back, taking down the always-dangerous Greek player Sakkari in two sets, 6-1, 6-4 to move into the third round.
“I think I never play Maria before. Actually, we didn’t really practice, as well, so I didn’t really know what I should expect,” Kvitova told press afterwards. “Every time I play someone who you don’t know, it’s kind of different and you need some games to kind of find out what she’s playing and what she’s not… That’s I think that I did very well.”
“You know, I had a bad match against Venus in Indian Wells, so it’s been long time to wait for another match. I have been practicing, but you really never know what’s coming in the match. I’m glad that I started pretty well, which helped me a lot today.”
The victory adds to her tour-leading number of main draw wins – she now owns 18 wins, and came into the tournament tied with youngsters Bianca Andreescu – the Indian Wells champion – and Belinda Bencic – winner of Dubai.
But there’s even more motivation here for Kvitova: she can also potentially rise to WTA World No.1 should she reach the final here for the first time.
Up next, the Czech lefty will face the winner between Sara Sorribes Tormo and No.26 seed Donna Vekic in her upcoming match.