By Dave Gertler
(January 8, 2014) SYDNEY – Former Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has reached a landmark 300th career WTA match wins, with a victory over Lucie Safarova at the Apia International, Sydney.
The all-Czech, all-lefthander quarterfinal was the first match on Ken Rosewall Arena on Wednesday, Kvitova surviving as the top remaining seed after Agnieszka Radwanska lost yesterday to American Bethanie Mattek-Sands.
Safarova matched her compatriot in the first set, pushing Kvitova to a tiebreak, but unable to do enough in the breaker and the following set, the world No.6 prevailed 7-6, 6-2 in one hour, 40 minutes.
“My serve was great today,” said Kvitova. “It helped me a lot. I had a few break points, but she just served well. She’s lefty so it’s tricky, too. It’s tough to play her for sure. It was only my second time in our career, so it wasn’t that much.”
In a women’s draw that has been characterised by the early exits of top seeds, Kvitova said, “I was trying to focus on my game, on my match, and not about the other seeds. They lost already. It’s still tough tournament and tough next round and that’s it.”
In her next round Kvitova will play the winner between world No.7 Sara Errani and Bulgarian qualifier Tsvetana Pironkova.
Dave Gertler is a tennis journalist, player and musician based in Sydney covering the Australian summer of tennis for Tennis Panorama News. Follow his Twitter updates from the tournament @TennisNewsTPN, follow him on his personal Twitter @davegertler, read his blog, and listen to his podcast, Tennis Days .