BIRMINGHAM, England - No.7 seed Petra Kvitova surrendered just four games in defeating wildcard Naomi Broady in the second round of the Aegon Classic in Birmingham on Wednesday, 6-2, 6-2.
Kvitova was dominant of serve for the entirety of the 62-minute encounter, landing nearly 70 percent of her first serves, winning 93 percent of points behind those deliveries and hitting seven aces.
"I was prepared for that game which she showed today. My coach told me about [her], so I expected big serve and big forehand with a little bit of slice from there," Kvitova said. "I knew I needed to wait for some chances to break her, and I think from that point she was a little bit down in the set always. I knew I have to, you know, keep my serve, that was important and just try to move her a little bit on the court."
The big-serving Broady, who hit six aces of her own, was not as effective overall, and dropped hers twice in each set - surrendering both breaks in the second on double faults.
Crisp and precise off the ground, the two-time Wimbledon champion struck 25 winners to just 11 unforced errors, as she routinely stumped Broady at the net with an array of volleys and drop shots.
The World No.111 did hang even with Kvitova in the early stages of each set, but from 2-2, Kvitova found another gear, winning the last four games of each set to easily move through to the last eight.
"I played two matches. I think I played solid game, but I still think that I do still have some things what I can improve, which is always good to have. I think I'm still not playing what I probably could play, but it's always taking some time and it will come with the time and with the practices and matches. So far, yeah, it was the fourth match after my comeback and I didn't think I'm playing badly.
"I feel the first serve should be a little bit better placement, for example. I didn't think I am moving bad, which is a good sign always so I can be there on time and have good timing with the shots. I think some kind of easy shots I can still play a little bit better, and when she's putting the pressure on me, I need to be more ready."
The two-time Wimbledon champion advances to her first-ever quarterfinal at the Aegon Classic.
"I always love playing on grass. I think always in the beginning when I started playing some tournaments and first matches on the grass, I always felt like weird and it took me some time to get used to movement and everything. And here, I don't know. I just came and I played well from the first practice which I had. So I don't know what is it, but I'm happy for that."
Kvitova advances to face the winner of the second round match between Kristina Mladenovic and Zhang Shuai for a spot in the semifinals.
"Both of them play fast. That's what everyone is saying. I think both of them can play well on the grass with the big serve and with the flat shots," Kvitova assessed. "I think it will be interesting match to watch tomorrow. Kristina has a great run this year, what I heard, what I saw. She has, I think, a little bit more confidence than Zhang Shuai, but she's very talented as well. I played her in Zhuhai, and she really kind of hit it very fast. It will be interesting.
"I'm not expecting me to win any match. So I'm just here to play, and of course, I want to win, but I can't really say it. It doesn't matter who I'm going to play. I will focus on my game. Kristina, as I said, she has a great run this year. She is confident and she can play well I think on the grass, too. She is a good player, so that's what I think."