St. Petersburg: Petra puts on masterclass against Vesnina

I know that I need to play strong in every single game and focus from the beginning of every rally to compete with Elena, so that’s what I tried to do today. I felt good in the court today.

Petra Kvitova dropped just two games in a commanding straight sets victory against No.7 seed Elena Vesnina in the opening round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy.

Kvitova grabbed a wildcard into St. Petersburg looking to rebound from an early Australian Open loss, falling in the first round after a marathon loss to Andrea Petkovic.

Her strong serving kept Vesnina out of the contest, allowing her to create just one break chance all match long as she regularly saw her own serve come under fire from Kvitova’s booming returns. The Czech needed just over an hour to wrap up the 6-2, 6-0 victory – and send a strong message to the rest of the St. Petersburg field.

“I’m very happy with the win and with the game I was able to play today,” Kvitova told press after the match. “I love to play indoors and it’s great to be in St. Petersburg playing for the first time as well.”

Kvitova bracketed the opening set with a break of serve in Vesnina’s first and last service games. The Russian struck five double faults across both sets and struggled to win just 50% of points off her first serve as Kvitova took the returns early.

It was one-way traffic in the second set as Kvitova kicked it up another gear. She was nearly flawless as she reeled off six games in a row, breaking three times to wrap up the match. Vesnina did well to dig her heels in at the end, saving six break points in the same game to try to stop Kvitova’s momentum, but the Czech wouldn’t be denied.

Up next she’ll take on Irina-Camelia Begu in the second round, after the Romanian edged past lucky loser Andrea Petkovic in a tight two sets battle yesterday.

“I’m always taking it match by match and I know that in tennis every day is different,” Kvitova said. “Every match is tough so it doesn’t really matter who I play, I just try to focus on myself and my game.

“But of course, tennis in an individual sport so sometimes things depend on your opponent as well. I’m playing well and [Begu] is playing good too. I just need to be focusing on myself.”