No.8 seed Petra Kvitova was pushed the distance in her opener on day two of the French Open, but ultimately the two-time Wimbledon champion battled past Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg into the second round, 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Kvitova overcame 17 unforced errors over the first nine games, cleaning up her tennis to see off a determined foe in Cepede Royg, who reached the fourth round in Paris a year ago.
The Czech finished the match with 30 winners to 35 unforced errors, breaking the World No.87 twice in the second and at a crucial moment at 5-5 in the third to move through to the round of 64 in two hours and seven minutes.
The victory is Kvitova’s 12th straight on clay this summer, after she arrived in Paris as the champion on home soil in Prague and at the Premier Mandatory event in Madrid.
“The important points, that’s really deciding who gonna win the match, and I was lucky today,” Kvitova said after the match.
“I think it was very physically tough today. She really hit almost everything. I’m not surprised she reached the fourth round last year here.
She really likes the conditions here and played very well. She didn’t really miss much, as well, so it was pretty tough.”
The two-time Wimbledon champion was a semifinalist in Paris in 2012, but has not come close to repeating that result in recent seasons.
This year, she entered Roland Garros with a tour-leading four titles and 30 wins, but the Czech No.2 is treating every win she gets on Paris’ terre battue as a “bonus.”
“I did have great matches on the clay which I’m taking very positive. I think for me this clay season it’s great, and I’m just here to have some maybe more bonuses, which I already did today,” she said.