Petra Kvitova won 10 of the last 12 games under the roof to wrap up victory against Chinese qualifier Wang Yafan in Beijing on Tuesday. Standing between her and a place in the quarterfinals will be reigning champion Garbiñe Muguruza.
WTA Staff

BEIJING, China - Petra Kvitova overcame some early resistance from local favorite Wang Yafan to safely take her place in the third round of the China Open.

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Continuing the dominant form that took her to the title last week in Wuhan, Kvitova required little more than an hour to wrap up a 6-4, 6-1 victory and set up a showdown with defending champion Garbiñe Muguruza.

Beijing resident Wang came through qualifying to take her place in the main draw and even with the roof closed due to rain she looked at ease on court. In fact, it was the World No.143 that broke first, edging 3-2 ahead when Kvitova netted a backhand.

Any suggestion that Kvitova's recent exertions were in danger of catching up with her were given short shrift. A break to love began a run that would bring her 10 of the next 12 games and place in the third round.

"I was pretty tired. I had two days off, which I think helped me. For sure, was a good win today. We'll see how everything is going, like, in the next days," Kvitova said.

"But I think I still do have motivation. I think it was a great week in Wuhan. I think that gave me more motivation and confidence, which I really needed before. I'm not really struggling with motivation here."

While Kvitova's head was ready for Wang, the same could not be said for her hands - a botched grooming session meant she took to the court with her fingers generously taped.

If the Czech keeps winning, she still has an outside chance of reaching the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore presented by SC Global. Muguruza is also in the hunt for a place in Singapore, where last year she defeated Kvitova in an epic round robin encounter.

Kvitova, who avenged this with a three-set victory in Stuttgart, is expecting another tight affair: "For sure will be great match. I think it will be great battle again. I know how we fight in Stuttgart. It was a great match over there.

"I know how dangerous she is. I mean, she's really playing aggressive from both sides and she's serving real well and returning as well. That's why I think I really need to be ready from the first shot which I'm playing."