After capturing her second Wimbledon title, Kvitova began her US summer hardcourt swing with a third round outing last week in Montréal. After a first round bye in Cincinnati, she had to open her campaign against the WTA's second-ranked teen, Svitolina.
In Svitolina's first match since her successful Baku title defense last month, she was a straight set winner over Lauren Davis in her Cincinnati opener.
The Turning Point
Svitolina won eight of the first nine points in getting out to a one break lead over the third-seeded Kvitova. That eventually became a two break advantage during a comfortable first set win.
The second set was back and forth. Kvitova went up 3-0 before Svitolina won three straight games of her own. The Ukrainian eventually served for the match at 5-4 and 6-5 but was unable to close it out either time. But she regrouped in the tie-break, and from 2-2 ran off five straight points to finish off her 6-2, 7-6(2) triumph.
"I'm disappointed with how I played today," Kvitova said. "From the beginning, I didn't feel very comfortable. I really tried to fight, but it just didn't happen for me. I'm not sure why. I'm glad that I entered New Haven, so I still have a chance to get more matches under my belt before the US Open."
By The Numbers
Svitolina broke the Czech's serve five times, while fighting off nine of 12 break points on her own serve. In so doing, she recorded her first Top 5 win and Top 10 win all at once. She previously had been 0-6 against Top 10 foes, including 0-4 this year.