Kvitova into 3rd round at Australian Open

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 16, 2019 06:12 PM
Kvitova into 3rd round at Australian Open
Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic makes a forehand return to Romania's Irina-Camelia Begu during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Wednesday, Jan. 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has reached the third round of the Australian Open with a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Irina-Camelia Begu.

It was Kvitova's fourth consecutive win over Begu.

Kvitova is coming off her 26th career title after winning last week's Sydney International.

The 26-year-old Kvitova lost in the first round last year here, her first loss in the first round of a Grand Slam tournament in four years.

She didn't play in the 2017 Australian Open because she was recovering from injuries sustained in a home invasion attack in the Czech Republic in December 2016.

Kvitova has since had a resurgence, winning a WTA Tour-leading five titles in 2018.

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