Petra moved through to the second round of the 2018 Sydney International after her opponent retired due to illess. Petra, who had withdrawn from the Brisbane International last week because of a nasty virus, raced through the first set 6-1 with some trademark heavy hitting under the lights on Court One. Unfortunately, world No.30 Mirjana Lucic Baroni was unable to complete the match and gifted Petra a safe passage through to the next round, where she will face Italian talent Camila Giorgi.
“I’m sad that Mirjana couldn’t finish the match, but hopefully she will get better soon,” said Petra. “Obviously I think I played probably what I could in the moment. I think that the serve was there sometimes. I think I moved pretty okay. It was the first match of the season, so it’s always a bit tricky, as well, coming like after no matches. Even I played some in Czech Republic when we played some league, I played some matches over there, but it’s still very different to play in a tournament. I’m pretty happy with that.”