Petra Kvitova will be relieved to be through to round two. Following a 24 hours that has seen Konta, Venus, Ostapenko and Azarenka all go home early however Petra extended her winning streak to 12 and has won 13 of the 14 third set deciders she has played to see off Veronica Cepede Royg!
First of all I think it is only fair that we talk about Veronica Cepede Royg’s performance. Last year Veronica made the fourth round here so it was never going to be easy and it’s a shame that she will now drop out of the top 100 in the world but that’s the brutal life of tennis!
Veronica played a fearless match in set one and three. The way she went about the match was admirable. She used the flat backhand well the hurt Petra but also played simple but effective tennis.
During the early stages Petra was a little deep and this was more by the way Veronica was playing.
You can see from the still above that Veronica has just gone for it down the middle and Petra has no time to adjust her body and has to swing with hope and power to try and keep the rally going which she couldn’t and hit it long with Cepede Royg going onto break and take the set.
Petra re-grouped quite quickly in the second set and Veronica’s level did drop dramatically which I kind of expected and then we saw both ladies go toe to toe in set three at one stage the points share in set three was 21 to Veronica and 19 to Kvitova so it was tight margins.
Kvitova saw it through and at 5-5 just that experience and know how in these situations showed as she constructed a break of serve before sealing the win to progress to round two.