Defending champion Kvitova reaches 2nd round in Madrid

ABS-CBN Sports on May 05, 2019 08:14 AM
Defending champion Kvitova reaches 2nd round in Madrid
FILE - Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic returns the ball to Donna Vekic of Croatia during the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy-2019 tennis tournament quarter final match in St.Petersburg, Russia, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

MADRID (AP) — Petra Kvitova opened her title defense in the Madrid Open by dispatching Sofia Kenin of the United States 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday.

The second-seeded Kvitova, a three-time champion in Madrid, is coming off a title in Stuttgart and is the only woman to win two tournaments this season.

Kvitova is the most successful women's player in Madrid with 27 wins and only six losses. Her other titles in the Spanish capital came in 2011 and 2015.

Seventh-seeded Kiki Bertens opened with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Katerina Siniakova, while eighth-seeded Andrea Petkovic lost to Polana Hercog 4-6, 7-6 (1), 6-1.

Top-seeded Naomi Osaka makes her debut on Sunday against Dominika Cibulkova.

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