Day 1 of Australian Open saw both the world number 7s moving on to the second round.
World number 7, Kvitova jumps to round 2 with easy victory over Thailand’s Luksika Kumkhum with a dominating 6-3 6-1.
Kvitova may not be fully fit due to a stomach virus that attacked her few weeks ago. She had to withdraw from Sydney last week, where she was the defending champion. But she seems to be ready for the Australian Open.
“Yeah, I am very pleased how I played today,” Kvitova said. “For me, it was my first match of the season so I was really glad I got through.”
“I had a great off-season but when I got to Shenzhen I got a stomach virus or something.”
“I didn’t eat very well, so I lost some weight but feeling much better now.”
She created pressure from the beginning, and wrapped up the first set on her second set point. She found her rhythm in the second set. She successfully broke Kumkhum’s serve twice to lead the set 3-0. She finished off the match in 70 minutes with 5 aces and 18 winners. Meanwhile, Kumkhum had 7 winners. Both the girls reached double figures in unforced errors, Kvitova 18 to Kumkhum’s 22. The two times Wimbledon champion double faulted twice to the Thai’s 8 times.
It is an important match for the world number 7. Despite having an unseeded opponent, Kvitova played very carefully. Their history has not been a pleasant one for the 7 seed. Kvitova fell to Kukhum on the first round in 2014’s Australian Open. She lost in three sets.
The men’s world number 7, Kei Nishikori, also had a straightforward victory against the German big boy Philipp Kohlschreiber. The 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 match ended in 1 hour and 55 minutes, and saw some good winners from the Japanese number one.
The first few games saw a healthy competition from both the men. It was after the 10th game that Nishikori took full control and cruised on to round 2. Nishikori had 35 winners to Kohlschreiber’s 24. The world number 7 tried to have a clean victory with 21 unforced errors compared to the German’s 31.
“It’s great to finish [in] three sets, especially against Philipp,” Nishikori said. “It was not easy, but I played some great tennis.”
Meanwhile, Sara Errani bade goodbye to Australian Open as she fell to Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan.
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