Tennis - Though, it seems only yesterday that World No.4 Petra Kvitova triumphed at Wimbledon, it has actually been a month and a half. Still feeling the euphoria of that historic triumph perhaps, the Czech couldn’t quite get her bearings straight and ended up losing early in each of the two back to back Premier 5 events in Montreal and Cincinnati.
Looking determined to make amends for that false start to the North American Hard Court swing, the feisty left-hander overwhelmed mercurial Russian Ekaterina Makarova in her opening match in New Haven yesterday, as she raced to a 6-2,6-1 win in just 48 minutes.
It was Kvitova’s serve that did the damage as she hammered 5 aces, while maintaining a 72 percent first serve percentage. At the other end of the draw, by contrast, top seed Simona Halep suffered a shock defeat at the hands of Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia.
Halep, who had lost in the quarterfinals of the Western and Southern Open in Cincinnati last week, has been the form player this year, so her capitulation in three sets to a player ranked 66 places below her is nothing short of surprising.
The exhilarating contest lasted an hour and 56 minutes, with Rybarikova coming out on top, registering a 6-2,4-6,6-3 win.