Estonian Anett Kontaveitová is waiting for Kvitová, who defeated Belinda Bencicová 6: 4 and 6: 3.
In her second match at this year’s J&T Banka Ostrava Open, Kvitová relied primarily on excellent service. With his help, she averted four breakballs in the fourth game. At the end of the set, she refined the game from the baseline and won three games in a row, while not giving the Swiss opponent a chance to defend.
By leaving for the locker room, Teichmann extended the break between sets and slowed down the two-time Wimbledon champion. Kvitová lost her first serve in the second set, but then got back into the rhythm and turned to 4: 2. At 5: 4, she converted the second match point at a direct point of administration.
This is the third time this round has been on the circuit for the third time. In Doha she finally made it to the title in March, in Bad Homburg in June she lost on the grass in the semifinals with the German Angelique Kerber.
Martincová will improve in the ranking
Martincová lost service in the first game of the match. Then she held the service for sure, but even though Sakkari did not succeed in the first service, she could not make it to the tour for a long time. It succeeded only with a break at 5: 5, but immediately after mistakes she lost the game at 5: 6 and for the second time the Greek finished the set for serving.
“She is one of the best serving players on the circuit and I didn’t even feel that the first service didn’t go well for her in the first set. She has a lot of pressure from the second one as well,” Martincová said.
In the second set, the home player repeatedly reported fatigue. Although Martincová fought with the audience in her back, she kept pace with her favorite in exchanges, but she did not have the strength to turn around. Especially when she lost 1: 2 service and Sakkari was already serving her high standard.
“It is extremely difficult to measure my strength with the tip when I am not completely ready, but there were quality exchanges,” said the Czech tennis player. “I’ll come as a steam locomotive, it takes me a while to run, and without the initial dynamics it’s hard,” she replied, responding to Sakkar’s “shorts.”
Martincová lost the match in an hour and a half. After the first quarterfinals of the WTA 500 tournament, however, he will improve his ranking maximum and move to 53rd place in singles. “The season is a breakthrough, I’ve reached 100 and I manage to sell what I trained,” she said.
Despite her fatigue, she plans to fly to Chicago, where she should play another tournament next week. “I reached the bottom of my strength and I don’t know what it will do to me, but I thought I would go there,” said Martincova, who plans to play tournaments in Indian Wells, Moscow and Courmayeur.