Kvitova crushes teen on technique to Aussie Open quarters

Kvitova crushes teen on way to Aussie Open quarters

AFP / Greg Wooden
Petra Kvitova is on a nine-match win streak this 12 months after claiming the Sydney Worldwide warm-up title

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova blazed her method into the Australian Open quarter-finals Sunday with an emphatic straight units win over American teenager Amanda Anisimova.

The Czech eighth seed downed the unseeded 17-year-old 6-2, 6-1 to arrange a final eight assembly with both five-time Grand Slam champion Maria Sharapova or 15th seeded Australian Ashleigh Barty.

Kvitova is on a nine-match win streak this 12 months after claiming the Sydney Worldwide warm-up title and is but to drop a set in 4 matches on the season-opening Grand Slam.

However the 28-year-old mentioned she was cautious of Anisimova, who defeated her final 12 months in Indian Wells.

“It is at all times tough while you play somebody who’s overwhelmed you earlier than,” she mentioned.

“I began very effectively and when the nerves went away I used to be a lot better.”

Kvitova’s finest end result at Melbourne Park was a semi-final look in 2012 and this 12 months’s advance to the final eight is her most profitable run since a burglar slashed her left hand with a knife in December 2016.

The assault, which occurred at her house within the Czech Republic, left accidents which required intensive surgical procedure and compelled her out of the sport for six months.

Kvitova mentioned she was having fun with her red-hot run of kind.

“I am feeling good. I am actually having fun with my time on the courtroom and enjoying tennis, which is the primary factor for me,” she mentioned.

Anisimova, who shares an agent along with her childhood idol Sharapova, made a nervous begin, committing three unforced errors within the opening recreation to go down a break.

{The teenager}, the youngest participant to achieve the fourth spherical at Melbourne Park since 2006, regathered because the Czech went attempting to find one other break.

She double faulted and was caught off guard with a drop shot however stubbornly defended her serve in a recreation that went to deuce seven occasions.

Kvitova was relentless although, choosing off the teen’s second serve to grab a second break then claiming the primary set after 32 minutes.

She by no means regarded again, racing house within the second after claiming six straight video games.

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