Czech tennis star Petra Kvitova gritted it out to advance at the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows at Arthur Ashe Stadium. It wasn’t pretty; she lost the second set; but, she ended up winning the match.
Kvitova hasn’t had the best of fortunes of the U.S. Open in the past, though the opposite is true of Wimbledon, where in 2011 she won a Grand Slam title, her first (and sole) one ever.
The seventh-seed Kvitova played against Misaki Doi, who proved to be a much more challenging opponent than her 92nd. ranking would suggest.
On Tuesday, Kvitova needed three sets and almost two hours to get past her first-round adversary.
Though she lost the second set, 3-6, Kvitova made up for it on a gusty day by winning the first and third ones handily, 6-2 and 6-1.
It was a big match for Kvitova. At three other major tennis events, she’s made it to the semifinals, but at the U.S. Open, she’s never gotten beyond the fourth round.
Kvitova stated that she doesn’t mind the pressure of “big matches” in big stadiums, but big crowds kind of get to her. Of Flushing Meadows, she said: “…it’s too much crowds for myself, I think.”
The match was a competition pitting leftie against leftie. Even in the third set, Doi had a chance to come back and win it if she’d been able to break serve when the score was at 2-0, but she couldn’t rise to the challenge.
Last year, Kvitova won two of the tournaments leading up to the U.S. Open. This year, she feel like she has something even more to prove, and feels that this might be her year to win the whole tournament.
According to Kvitova:
So I have good motivation to improve my results here.”
Whatever the outcome might be, Kivtova has already succeeded in doing better than she did two years ago. That’s when she lost her first round match at Flushing Meadows, becoming the first Wimbledon women’s champion to ever do so.
She early on in the match probably got a dread sense of deja vu again, as in the second set Kvitova made 15 unforced errors.
Kvitova is no stranger to playing three-set matches, having played six straight in other tournaments. She ended up being the victor in four of the six.
The Japanese native, Doi, however, has never won against the four top ten competitors she’s faced. She has a record of 0-4 against them.
The 22-year old Canadian, Milos Raonic, on the men’s side of the U.S. Open tournament, gained his first Grand Slam victory while being ranked in the top ten. Raonic won is straight sets against Thomas Fabbiano of Italy, though the second set was a hard-won one. 6-3, 7-6 (6), 6-3 were the results of the exciting match.
After having gritted it out to advance past the first round of the U.S. Open, will Kvitova achieve her goal of winning it all? What do YOU think? Please leave your opinions in the Comment area!
Written by: Douglas Cobb