Wednesday, July 1, 2015

WIMBLEDON: Blink and you miss it! Kvitova blitzes Bertens in round one

Petra Kvitova will need to apologise to her parents who flew all the way from the Czech Republic only to watch her blitz Kiki Bertens 6-1, 6-0 in 35 minutes to make the second round.

The Kvitovas spent less than 48 hours in London, invited by the All England Club as the parents of the defending champion, and they ended up just seeing their daughter in action for half an hour.

Kvitova, a two-time champion at Wimbledon in 2011 and 2014, dropped just one single point on her own serve (out of 29) to book a spot in the second round against Japan’s Kurumi Nara.

“I will be quite happy if every nerves going to be like this. So I'm happy I won it,” said a laughing Kvitova.

“Unfortunately maybe for the people in the stands it was a little bit too quick. My parents came, 35 minutes and it was over, I have to say sorry to them. I think they are happy anyway.”

The Czech world No2 has a stellar record at Wimbledon. Making her eighth main draw appearance here, Kvitova is twice a quarter-finalist, once a semi-finalist and a two-time champion.

Still, she admits her openers here are always nervy.

“I think in the first round, every time you are like big, big favourite of the match. That's something probably when you don't play match or you played before, doesn't matter. You standing on the court. It's a lot of expectation, not only for yourself, but the people around, the media and everything,” said Kvitova.

“It's just something you have to really handle it well. Always struggling in the beginning of the tournaments. The opponents are more relaxed every time you're playing someone in the top 10, for example. It's kind of tricky.”

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