By Abigail Hinto
(October 1, 2014) BEIJING, CHINA – A confident and in-form Petra Kvitova raced to an easy 6-4, 6-2 victory on Wednesday at the China Open over China’s new No. 1 player Peng Shuai.
Following her title run in Wuhan the last week, the third seed Kvitova acknowledges she’s more confident now after suffering an early loss at the US Open. Working hard following that US Open defeat and knowing she has to fight for her spot at the season-ending Singapore event Kvitova is back to playing the type of tennis that brought her a second Wimbledon title. “I feel well on the court. I know that I can play good tennis because of last week, [in] Wuhan. I think my confidence is a little bit higher than after US Open,” acknowledged Kvitova. And now that she has secured her spot, she’s feeling more relaxed on court.
And a relaxed and confident Kvitova is trouble for everyone. How will Venus Williams, Kvitova’s next opponent, who has also been playing well this season, handle Kvitova this time around? Admittedly one of the best matches of the year was their third round clash at Wimbledon where Kvitova was two points away from losing the match. She went on to win the match and her second Wimbledon title.
Will we see a repeat of that match in another third round meeting here at the China Open? It’s always been a tight battle between these two players who seemingly match up well against each other. “I’m looking forward to it,” says Kvitova. “I think that she’s serving still very well. She’s moving well, as well. She’s playing fast. We’ll see.”
“I think that every match what we played with Venus was really great fight until the end. I played her in Doha, 7‑6 in the third. Wimbledon 7‑5 in the third. It’s always great. I’m looking forward for it.”
Abigail Hinto and Natalie Ho are in Beijing, China covering the China Open for Tennis Panorama News. Follow their twitter updates on @TennisNewsTPN.
Photos by Natalie Ho.