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Kvitova dumps out defending champion Muguruza in China Open
October 5, 2016 / 5:01 PM / a year ago

Kvitova dumps out defending champion Muguruza in China Open

(Reuters) - Petra Kvitova breezed past defending champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1 6-4 to move into the quarter-finals, while world number one Angelique Kerber battled past Barbora Strycova in the second round of the China Open on Wednesday.

Tennis - China Open Women's Singles Third Round - Beijing, China - 05/10/16. Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic plays against Garbine Muguruza Blanco of Spain. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj

Kvitova, the winner of last week’s Wuhan Open title, won three of her four break point opportunities against the second-seeded Spaniard to ease to victory in one hour and 13 minutes and continue her late push for a spot in the WTA finals in Singapore.

The 14th seed will next face eighth-seeded American Madison Keys, who fought back from a 2-5 deficit in the first set to beat Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6(2) 6-2, in the last eight.

“I think I‘m mentally tough right now. I know that my game is there so I know I just need to hit it like I can,” Kvitova told reporters.

German Kerber twice failed to close out the match against Strycova before overcoming a late surge from the Czech to win 6-3 7-6(4). Kerber will face Elina Svitolina of Ukraine for a spot in the quarter-finals.

U.S. Open finalist Karolina Pliskova also secured a third-round spot after recovering from losing the first set against Daria Kasatkina of Russia to win 3-6 7-5 7-6 (7).

Pliskova, the fifth seed, will face Britain’s Johanna Konta, who beat Hungary’s Timea Babos 7-5 6-2 in a rain-affected match.

Reporting by Nivedita Shankar in Bengaluru

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