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February 4,2023

Robson beats Kvitova to reach 3rd round at Australian Open

Danish 10th seed Caroline Wozniacki, met the tall young talent from Croatia Donna Vecic who, at 16 years old, was the youngest player in the main draw. She is ranked at 111 and was playing in her first Grand Slam. She had a great 6-1 6-2 win over the, Czech Andrea Hlavackova in the first round, while Wozniacki had disposed of Sabine Lisicki of Germany in three difficult sets, 2-6 6-3 6-3. In a sizzling 37° on Hisense Arena, the Dane served first and went into a 2-0 lead before the Croat got a game. Wozniacki then took the next four games to take the set on her fourth set point and after five deuces, 6-1. Wozniacki got the first break of the second set to lead 3-1 and 4-1, but Vecic took the next two games to trail 3-4. Wozniacki went to 5-3 but Vecic held for 4-5 before the Dane served out at 6-4. She will take on Lesia Tsurenko in the next round.

The young American 29th seed Sloane Stephens, faced off against world number 98 Kristina Mladenovic of France, on Court 8. Games went with serve until the 5th game when Mladenovic got the break to go 3-2 up, but was immediately broken back. The American went on to lead 4-3, but was again broken before managing to take the set at 5-4. The second set went with serve to 4-3 when Stephens broke for 5-3 and served out to love, to take the set 6-3.

The last match in the night session was between the Czech 8th seed Petra Kvitova, and the 18 year old British talent Laura Robson. These two players have much in common. Both are Wimbledon champions – but Robson’s is the junior title, both are tall – Robson is 1.78m and Kvitova is 1.83m – and both are hard hitting lefties. Both got off to nervy starts and in all three sets these two players each made a multitude of unforced errors, double faults and had very low serve stats. Kvitova hit 18 aces, while Robson scored 8, but the Czech had 18 double faults to Robson’s 12; and Kvitova made 51 unforced errors to Robson’s 41. From game to game it was impossible to guess which player would come out on top, as they both played very short but error strewn games which could only improve. In the final set there was some good tennis, with Robson winning in three hard fought sets 2-6 6-3 11-9 – the last set alone taking one and a half hours to complete. Robson will meet Stephens in the third round.

Renay Freedman
Renay Freedman
WTA tennis writer with a focus on event previews and results.

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