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Kvitova firmly starts the defense of her crown

Kvitova firmly starts the defense of her crown

Czech Petra Kvitova, the player who has won the Madrid tournament the most times and in this edition starts as second favorite, firmly began defending the title she won at the Caja Mágica last year, after beating the American in the first round Sofia Kenin.

The 29-year-old Czech, Australian Open finalist and winner in Sydney this year, aims to bring her successes in Madrid to four. Kvitova triumphed in 2011, 2015 and 2018 and is currently number two on the women’s circuit.

Aspiring to the top of the ranking is the Bilovec player who barely found resistance in Kenin, 32 in the ranking and which she already beat in Miami last year.

Petra Kvitova won 6-1, 6-4 in 78 minutes to reach the second round of the tournament, where she awaits the winner of the Czech Barbora Strycova and the French Kristine Mladenovic, from the qualifying round.

In addition to Kvitova, the Madrid tournament saw the progress of two other seeds, Australia’s Ashleigh Barty, ninth, and Latvian Anastasija Sevastova, twelfth, who also lived up to expectations and burst into the tournament with triumph.

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Barty, this year’s winner of the Miami tournament, the fourth success of her career, and a finalist in Sydney, overwhelmed her compatriot Daria Gavrilova 6-1 6-2 in 65 minutes.

The third victory in four games between the two players led to Barty’s advance to the second round of the competition that takes place in the Caja Mágica where the winner of the duel between the American Danielle Collins and the Russian Vera Zvonareva will be measured.

Nor did Latvian Sevastova, twelfth seeded, cause surprise, who made up for her bad start to finish by tracing the initial advantage of Belgian Kirsten Flipkens, which she won in three sets (0-6, 6-3 and 6 -2) after almost two hours of the game.

The thirteenth player of the circuit will be measured in the second round against the winner of the duel between the Romanian Mihaela Butanescu and the Australian Ajla Tomjanovic.

Previously, the Russian veteran Svetlana Kuznetsova left the Madrid tournament without one of the favorites, the 10th-seeded Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka, after winning the first round match 7-5, 6-4.

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The 33-year-old player from St. Petersburg, currently in the top 100 places in the women’s rankings, won in one hour and 54 minutes.

Svetlana Kuznetsova, who has accumulated eighteen titles, some as glossy as Roland Garros or the United States Open, although none in 2019, will be measured in the second round against the winner of the clash between the Belgian Alison Van Uytvanck and the Swiss Belinda Bencic.

Another of the seeds that said goodbye to the Caja Mágica was the Estonian Anet Kontaveit, who was surpassed by the Belarusian Alaksandra Sasnovich.

It was one more of the shocks of the initial session of the competition. Kontaveit, the fourteenth favorite, was beaten by a player who has her measure taken. The Belarusian, thirty-fourth in the women’s ranking, had already surpassed Kontaveit in three of the four games they had played. The last this year, at the Australian Open. Although the only precedent on land was favorable to Estonia. It was, as now, at the Caja Mágica, in last year’s edition.

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In the same way, the clash was extended to three sets. But he fell to the side of Sasnovich, who won 0-6, 6-3 and 6-2 after one hour and 34 minutes.

Sasnovich will be measured in the second round against the winner of the duel between the Belgian Elise Mertens and the Slovak Anna Karolina Schmiedlova,

French Caroline Garcia and Kazakh Yulia Putintseva also made progress in the competition. The French player resolved in two sets (7-5 ​​and 6-2) and in an hour and a half her commitment to the Taiwanese Su Wei Hsieh. Garcia will be the rival of the winner of the clash between the Romanian Sorana Cirstea and the American Madison Keys, thirteenth seed.

Putintseva, meanwhile, beat Romanian Irina Camelia Begu 6-4, 6-3 and will face the survivor of the match between Russian Pauline Parmentier and Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina, sixth favorite. EFE.

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