It was a chilly day and several matches were postponed, but two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova opened the Roland Garros 2016 with a tough win against Danka Kovinic, keeping Kovinic from making the first upset in this year’s tournament.
12th ranked Kvitova opened the match with her great serve and took over the first set with 6-2, but lost her power over the second set with three double faults making Kovinic gain control with 6-4.
However, Kvitova was able to pick herself up in the following sets and claimed her win the deciding set with 7-5, and is set to face Taiwan’s Su-Wei Hsieh next, who was able to defeat Lara Arruabarrena-Vecino.
Kvitova said in an interview after the match that she felt mentally down during her turning point in the second set where she sees her missing four backhands the reason of her vulnerability.
She also mentioned that she thinks Kovinic came back and was trying to play more aggressive and that she was just trying to put the ball in, but in the end, it was not her game.
She ended her statement by saying that it was a difficult and a big game for her again, and she is happy that she has won it.
Kvitova’s last best result in the French Open was in the year 2012, where she gained her semifinalist spot.
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