Birmingham champion Petra Kvitova made a winning start in Eastbourne, ousting Kateryna Bondarenko in straight sets in the second round.
WTA Staff
June 26, 2018

EASTBOURNE, Great Britain - Petra Kvitova made it six wins in six matches on grass thus far in the British summer after a 7-5, 6-3 second round victory over Kateryna Bondarenko at the Nature Valley International.

The Nature Valley Classic champion and No.3 seed scored her 38th victory of the season against another former Birmingham champion, and recovered from a break down in the second set to win the last five games. 

"I just came yesterday [from Birmingham]. The court is a little bit different compared to Birmingham and the wind is a little bit different," Kvitova said on-court after the match.

"I do feel it's softer than Birmingham, so probably a little bit slower, but some balls are a little bit faster. I needed some time with my serve, but I'm pretty happy with my win today."

Kvitova booked her spot in the third round with 27 winners to 22 unforced errors, including six aces, and converted on five of the eight break points she created. 

The No.3 seed moved ahead in the fifth career meeting between the two players with a break in the fifth game, as neither woman was taken to deuce in the first four games of the match. 

The Ukrainian qualifier, a champion in Birmingham in 2008 and owner of eight career Top 10 wins, made the World No.7 work for the opener, however, as she found her way into several of the Czech's service games late in the set.

Despite losing the eighth game after building a 0-30 lead, Bondarenko broke Kvitova for the first time when the Czech served for the opening set.

Ultimately, Kvitova steadied on serve when it mattered the most, as she served out the opening set on her second opportunity to love, and won the last eight points played behind her delivery overall in the victory.

"Obviously, I'm a little bit tired, but I got a hit this morning before the match, a warmup," she said. "The whole tournament [in Birmingham] was more relaxed for me from my side. It was great that I hopefully will save some energy for the next weeks. I felt good with the body, so that's important."

Up next for Kvitova will be the winner of the second round match between No.15 seed Daria Gavrilova, whom she defeated last week in Birmingham, or long-time rival Agnieszka Radwanska.