MADRID, Spain - No.2 seed Petra Kvitova continues her torrid run of form into the Mutua Madrid Open, where she opened her 2019 campaign with a straight sets victory over Sofia Kenin.
The Czech No.1 is coming off of a stellar week in Stuttgart, where she became the WTA’s first repeat champion of the season after recording wins over Anastasija Sevastova and Kiki Bertens along the way before defeating Anett Kontaveit in the final.
Last year’s Madrid champion, Kvitova has lifted the trophy here three times in her career - more claiming more titles and victories than any other woman to play this tournament. Today’s 6-1, 6-4 victory over Kenin extends her impressive win-loss record here to 27-6.
Kvitova got off to a strong start against Kenin at Madrid’s Caja Magica, eding past a five-minute marathon game to break for a 2-0 lead. The Czech player seemed to have all of the answers for the young American, reeling off another three games in a row to make it 5-0. Kenin was able to stop the rot and hold for 5-1, but she wasn’t able to stop Kvitova’s momentum as she took the opening set with ease.
Kenin continued to raise her level as the second unfolded, and she was able to pile the pressure onto the Czech’s shoulders, even though Kvitova started the set with a 2-0 lead. The American created a break chance of her own and dodged Kvitova’s opportunities as she tried to get them back on even terms, finally breaking through to level at 4-4.
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But the parity didn’t last for long, as Kvitova roared ahead once again with a break at 5-4 before powering ahead to close out the match, needing an hour and 18 minutes to seal the victory.
Up next, Kvitova will face a dangerous opponent as she awaits the winner between Kristina Mladenovic, a qualifier, or Czech countrywoman Barbora Strycova in the second round.
More to follow...