Kvitova loses to Petkovic in Australian Open 1st round

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 16, 2018 06:04 PM
Kvitova loses to Petkovic in Australian Open 1st round
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic looks to make a return to Germany's Andrea Petkovic during their first round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has been beaten in the first round of the Australian Open, losing 6-3, 4-6, 10-8 to Andrea Petkovic.

Kvitova double-faulted on match point, two points after hitting a half-court volley into the net. She had earlier saved three match points in the 10th game of the final set.

Last year during the Australian Open, Kvitova was recovering from surgery to her left hand as a result of a knife attack from an assailant who broke into her home in the Czech Republic in late December, 2016.

Kvitova, the 27th-seed player this year, was a semifinalist in Australia in 2012 and also made the quarterfinals in 2011.

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