Petra Kvitova labors through first-round of the US Open
Petra Kvitova has never been a fan of US Open. The seventh-seeded likes to take solace in the calm of Wimbledon, the place of her only Grand Slam title in 2011. True to tradition, Kvitova toiled for nearly two hours before winning her first match at the US Open.
The stage was set for former Wimbledon champion in New York, but the proceedings were predictably droning and one-sided. Kvitova defeated 92nd ranked Misaki Doi in the first round of the US Open with 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 at the Arthur Ashe Stadium on Tuesday.
“I like big matches on the big stadium, but the people — it's too much crowds for myself, I think,” Kvitova said after the game.
A quick jog down the memory lane will remind us that Kvitova has managed to enter semifinal stage at the other three major events. However, the 23-year-old Czech has never been able to break into the fifth round at the Flushing Meadows.
Despite her inability to reach finales more often, Kvitova believes she has good “motivation to improve” her performance. Kvitova, who was second-seeded at the end of October in 2011, recorded impressive results in 2012, when she reached the semifinals twice and came up with her longest run at the last Grand Slam.
“So I have good motivation to improve my results here,” Kvitova added.
The match between Kvitova and Doi was a rare battle of two left-handed players. As predicted, Kvitova dominated the young Japanese star. Soon enough she went up a break at 2-0. Doi, 22, had the opportunity break, but she was unable to tip the scales into her favor.
Kvitova has shown a penchant for making strange records. Kvitova entered the history pages as the first women Wimbledon champion to have faced defeat in her first match in the US Open. Tuesday was a day where Kvitova could have repeated history if she had continued to add to the 15 unforced errors she made in the second set.
Anyway, Kvitova seems unfazed by the three-set match and considers herself to be ready for the next challenge. Clearly, she will be an interesting sight at the US Open.