Petra Kvitova beats Begu to reach round 3 of Australian Open

Agencia EFE
Melbourne VIC, Australia Updated: Jan 16, 2019, 05:05 PM(IST)

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action. Photograph:( Agencia EFE )

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Kvitova will face-off former world number 7 Belinda Bencic, who beat Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.

Petra Kvitova advanced to the third round of the Australian Open for the first time in four years, routing Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets on Wednesday.

The eighth seed downed her Romanian opponent 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and nine minutes.

The Czech, who holds a tour-leading six titles, slammed 26 winners and dropped serve only once to make it to the last 32 in Melbourne for the first time since 2015.

Kvitova played a sharp game, including a forceful forehand return that prevented her opponent from closing out her first service game at 40-15.

She also played a power-packed final game, seizing the first match point with a sizzling inside-out forehand winner.

Kvitova will face-off former world number 7 Belinda Bencic, who beat Yulia Putintseva 7-5, 4-6, 6-2.

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