Defending champion and world no. 2 Petra Kvitova earned a safe passage through to round three at the Championships against Kurumi Nara. The Czech won 6-2, 6-0 two minutes short of the hour's mark. Kvitova opened the proceedings strongly, winning her opening service game to love.
In Nara’s first game, the Czech failed to convert the initial three break points, before earning a break in her fourth break point. It was an easy consolidation for the defending champion in the next game. 35 minutes into the set, the Czech had pocketed it 6-2 to take a strong lead in the match.
It was a far one-sided narrative in the second set as Nara struggled to maintain her game. Errors flew fast from her racquet, which allowed Kvitova to gain an upper hand in the match. Nara eventually lost the match on her 32nd forced error and on the first match point on her serve.
The match statistics was stark in favour of the defending champion. Kvitova put in 10 aces to her opponent's none and had one double fault to Nara's two. Though both players put in around 60% of their first serves – 65% for Kvitova and 69% for Nara – the percentage of points won by each on her first serves was startling.
Kvitova won 75% of her points on her first serves, while Nara could only manage a bleak 45%. In terms of second serves, Kvitova won 77% points on her second serves to Nara's 44%. It was an equally contrasting statistic when it came to the number of winners and errors by both players.
Kvitova hit 23 winners, 20 more than Nara, but had more unforced errors than her opponent – 14 to five. However, when it came to forced errors, Kvitova, despite her erroneous shots, still had a low number as compared to the Japanese – 18 to 32.
While these numbers are far than being perfect, Kvitova would nonetheless be happy, with her game playing out as she would want to, without any problems.