World number 5 Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic, seeded 4 at the China Open, continued her very up and down season on Monday when she took on the Spaniard, Carla Suarez Navarro, on the Moon Court on Monday in a second round match. The Czech former Wimbledon champion either plays the most wonderful, powerful tennis full of excellent leftie serves and stunning ground strokes, or she hits wildly and looks as if she is well out of the top hundred. In this match on paper it looked as if she would have a relatively easy route to the third round but, as everyone knows, in tennis anything can happen – and so it did for the diminutive Spaniard who can be just as unpredictable, but today she easily won the match 6-3 6-2 in just over an hour.
Caroline Wozniacki, former long term world number one, has been on a slide this season and did not win a tournament until the Korean Open two weeks ago, a remarkable change from the previous two years where she won a procession of titles. Now ranked at number 11 and seeded 10, she went on court to take on Chanelle Scheepers, the late blooming twenty eight year old South African who reached a career high 37 in October of 2011 and is now ranked at 53. Again, the consistent and defensive play of the Dane, who chases down every ball no matter where it is hit, was expected to come through this match with relative ease, but this was not the case. Wozniacki won the first set 7-5 purely based on Scheepers’ six double faults. The second set went all the way to a tie break when Wozniacki missed a match point at 6-5 and another two, at 6-4 and at 6-5 in the tie break, which Scheepers won 8-6. Scheepers seemed to run out of steam in the final set, whereas the Dane always looks as if she could play on for hours and she closed out the final set at 6-2 after two and three quarter hours of exciting and dramatic tennis. She will next take on Su-Wei Hsieh of Taiwan in the third round.
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