Kvi­tova rekin­dles love af­fair with grass

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS -

BIRM­ING­HAM (Eng­land)—Two-time Wim­ble­don cham­pion Pe­tra Kvi­tova Pe­tra Kvi­tova re­newed her love af­fair with grass on Tues­day with a slick, high speed per­for­mance which car­ried her to a near-per­fect start at the Ae­gon Clas­sic, a Wim­ble­don warm-up event.

Her fine serv­ing and de­cep­tive flat hit­ting earned a 6-3, 6-2 vic­tory over Lu­cie Sa­farova, who is a child­hood friend, a fel­low Czech, a fel­low left-han­der and even a hit­ting part­ner at the same club back home in Mo­ravia.

Men­tally the match was not much of a con­test - even though Sa­farova ended 2015 in the world’s top ten for the first time – but it did be­come a stage for Kvi­tova to show that she might still be a lead­ing con­tender on this sur­face.

“I al­ways feel great on grass,” Kvi­tova said. “I love grass. My style of game just works on it. I like be­ing here and at Wim­ble­don. I have great mem­o­ries, and I just wish the grass court sea­son could be longer.

“This was al­most per­fect for me to­day. I think I served well and timed the ball well. Nor­mally I have prob­lems with my move­ment at the be­gin­ning on grass, but to­day I felt I was good with that as well.”

Kvi­tova was also pleased to fin­ish be­fore a heavy dose of rain halted play in two other matches for a lengthy pe­riod. She did so with the help of a break of serve at the first at­tempt, which she main­tained all through the first set.

When she broke in the third game of the sec­ond set, finding some great ground-stroking an­gles off both wings, the course of the match was ef­fec­tively set.

An­other break quickly fol­lowed, and al­though Sa­farova gamely saved a match point on her serve at 1-5, and then two more on Kvi­tova’s serve in the next game, the end came soon af­ter.

Kvi­tova was quick to point out that she needs plenty more matches on this sur­face, both here this week and at Eastbourne next, be­fore she can be confident of a se­ri­ous tilt for a third Wim­ble­don ti­tle.

Health is­sues, personal prob­lems, and an ab­sence of ti­tles for ten months, have in­evitably caused doubt to en­ter her head. But early

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