MADRID, Spain - No.2 seed Petra Kvitova powered into her fifth career quarterfinal at the Mutua Madrid Open without dropping a set after fighting past Caroline Garcia in the third round.
Kvitova, the defending champion, looked right at home at the Caja Magica against Garcia, needing just a break in each set to seal the 6-3, 6-3 victory.
“I think I really played a good one today, much better than my last match against [Kristina Mladenovic],” Kvitova told press afterwards.
“I was really prepared for the opponent that I knew pretty well. Caroline, I’ve played her in Miami. She’s always tough - if I’m not playing well, then it’s really tough.”
Her three Mutua Madrid Open titles make her the winningest champion in tournament history, having also won here in 2011 and 2015. Today’s win just adds to Kvitova’s stellar numbers, recording her ninth straight victory at this tournament and extending her WTA tour-leading match wins figure to 27.
Kvitova was dominant from start to finish against Garcia, especially on serve, where she faced just one break point during the whole first set. Both players were dialed in from the first game, but Garcia struggled to find inroads during the Czech’s service games - Kvitova dropped just four points across her first four service games.
Kvitova stayed patient, applying the pressure on Garcia as her powerful lefty forehands found the lines, and was eventually rewarded with a break at 5-3. That break proved to be decisive as Kvitova batted away Garcia’s first break chance of the set to serve it out a game later with confidence.
The defending champion continued to dominate in the second set, creating a pair of break chances at 1-2 before finally converting at 3-2 to establish an early lead. Garcia continued to play her aggressive game, but against Kvitova she couldn’t seem to come up with any answers as the Czech broke once again at 6-3 to close out the second set - and seal her spot in the quarterfinals.
Up next, Kvitova will take on a familiar opponent when she faces No.7 seed Kiki Bertens for a spot in the semifinals. Bertens eased past No.12 Anastasija Sevastova 6-1, 6-2 earlier in the day to book a rematch of last year’s Madrid Open final.
Kvitova leads the pair’s head-to-head record with three wins to two, with their most recent meeting coming a few weeks ago in Stuttgart. Kvitova claimed that win 7-6(3), 3-6, 6-1.
“A tough one for sure,” Kvitova said. “We saw it last year in the final here, how tough it was. We saw it in Stuttgart as well.
“I think we are meeting just too soon in the tournament, I think we should meet later, deeper in the tournament. But that’s the draw unfortunately.
“I like Kiki as a person, I like her coach. It will be a fun one for sure, it will be nice to play against her again. It’s always a big challenge to play against her for sure, especially on the clay. She really enjoys playing on the clay.”