Following a storming start to her Wimbledon campaign this season, defending champ Petra Kvitova will move on to the second round of the tournament, where she will come up against Japan’s Kurumi Nara. The two competitors have never stepped across the court from each other on the professional tour.
Seeded second at this year’s event, Petra Kvitova cruised into the second round of the tournament following a straight sets win against Kiki Bertens. Kvitova took a 3-0 lead in the opening set before losing the only game in the match to close out the contest 6-1, 6-0. The match lasted 35 minutes, which makes it the quickest match to take place this season on the WTA tour.
“Actually I would be quite happy if nerves were always going to be like this!” Kvitova said. “It wasn’t really easy, especially before the match – I had never played her before, and I didn’t really know what I should expect, but I served really well, and I’m glad about how I played out there. She had a really big forehand – she hit some really good serves as well. She has really good power. Practice at the end of last week was going well, so that was a good sign for me.”
Kvitova will next encounter Kurumi Nara, who defeated Magda Linette by retirement after the Polish player was forced to stop the match due to a left thigh injury. She was 3-6, 6-3, 64-3 in the match at the time of retirement.
“She’s kind of small and plays flat shots,” Kvitova said about Nara. “The grass can suit her game, for sure.”
This marks the first time that Kvitova and Nara will come across each other on the professional tour. Given Kvitova’s form, this should be a particular match that favours the Czech in spades.
Prediction: Petra Kvitova in Straight Sets