Madrid: Kvitova edges Angie in Round 2
May 01, 2021

Three-time champion Petra Kvitova edged longtime rival and fellow major-winner Angelique in two tight sets to reach the third round of the Mutua Madrid Open.

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The latest chapter of the storied rivalry between Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber went the way of the Czech left-hander on Saturday in the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open, 6-4, 7-5.

Saturday marked just the third time the two major-winners have met before the quarterfinals at a WTA tournament in their all-time head-to-head, not including two round-robin matches at the WTA Finals in 2013 and 2015.

Bidding to level their all-time head-to-head at 7-7, Kerber was the first player to break in both sets, but immediately surrendered the advantage in her next service game. Ultimately, Kvitova broke serve again in the final game of each to secure her second victory in five meetings on clay.

In what was high-quality performance by both players, Kvitova’s power tennis ultimately proved the difference-maker: the Czech’s winner total, 33, doubled both that of Kerber (14) and her own unforced error count (16) over the course of one hour and 22 minutes.