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Petra Kvitova, Elina Svitolina through to French Open third round

Petra Kvitova is through to the third round of the French Open, making light work of 91st-ranked Lara Arruabarrena. Elina Svitolina also achieved the same feat thanks to a win over Viktoria Kuzmova.

tennis Updated: May 30, 2018 16:58 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Paris
Petra Kvitova,Elina Svitolina,French Open
Petra Kvitova reacts after a point during her French Open second round match against Lara Arruabarrena on Wednesday.(AFP)

Eighth seed Petra Kvitova eased into the French Open third round with a 6-0, 6-4 victory over Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena on Wednesday.

The two-time Wimbledon champion has now won 13 consecutive matches on clay after claiming titles in Prague and Madrid, and will face either Romanian Alexandra Dulgheru or Estonia’s 25th seed Anett Kontaveit for a place in the last 16.

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Czech Kvitova has not reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros since a run to the last four in 2012.

The 28-year-old raced through the opening set in only 24 minutes, and although she was pegged back after an early break in the second, a booming forehand sealed victory with a third straight game.

Svitolina victorious

Ukrainian fourth seed Elina Svitolina reached the French Open third round for the fourth consecutive year by brushing aside Viktoria Kuzmova in straight sets.

Elina Svitolina in action during her second round match against Viktoria Kuzmova. ( REUTERS )

The 23-year-old, who arrived in Paris having won her second straight Italian Open title, saw off her Slovakian opponent 6-3, 6-4 on Court Suzanne Lenglen.

Svitolina, a two-time quarter-finalist at Roland Garros, will take on Romanian 31st seed Mihaela Buzarnescu in the last 32.

First Published: May 30, 2018 16:58 IST

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