French Open defending champ Garbine Muguruza survives scare, Petra Kvitova out
Defending French Open champion Garbine Muguruza recovered from a set down to defeat Anett Kontaveit 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 and book a third-round clash with Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.tennis Updated: May 31, 2017 20:53 IST
Reigning champion Garbine Muguruza survived a tough French Open second-round challenge from Anett Kontaveit on Wednesday.
Muguruza’s patchy form this season included a loss to the world number 53 in Stuttgart, with the Spaniard again in dire trouble in Paris after falling a set and a break behind against the Estonian.
But the fourth seed recovered to claw out a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 win and book a third-round clash with Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan.
“I have a different spirit here, I’m going to fight for every ball to try and win,” said Muguruza, who defeated Serena Williams in last year’s final.
“She was playing so good first two sets, I was just hanging there waiting for my moment and in the third set it came.”
Kvitova’s run ends
American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands halted Petra Kvitova’s comeback, defeating the popular Czech 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/5) in her first tournament since a horrifying knife attack in December.
’m disappointed, for sure. I came here to win the matches,” said twice former Wimbledon champion Kvitova.
“But I really fight. I mean, after the match, I didn’t feel that bad as normally I probably do.
“I’m still happy I’m here and playing. The fairytale ended. Now, in upcoming weeks, I think it will be business as usual.”
Venus Williams shook off a slow start to ease into the third round with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Japan’s Kurumi Nara.
Williams, the 2002 runner-up who turns 37 next month, will play Belgium’s Elise Mertens or Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp in the third round.
“Do I sense (the draw) is open? I just am really focused on me and nothing’s a given, or else I’d win every match,” said Venus, who has sister Serena in Paris supporting her.
First Published: May 31, 2017 20:42 IST