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Madrid: Kvitova advances to the quarters, Barty and Bencic too



Despite Veronika Kudermetova coming back from a set down, Petra Kvitova had the last word in the round of 16 at the WTA tournament in Madrid and will face Ashleigh Barty, who beat Iga Swiatek. Belinda Bencic, for her part, has validated her ticket following the withdrawal of Ons Jabeur and will meet Paula Badosa.

Petra Kvitova did not commit a foul. Seeded number 9 at the WTA tournament in Madrid, the Czech validated her ticket to the quarterfinals at the expense of Veronika Kudermetova, taking the lead from the first exchanges. Indeed, with a break on her opponent’s first serve, the world’s 12th player took a definitive advantage in the first set, never being worried on her own serve and closing the set on her second opportunity. However, Petra Kvitova never managed to get the break she needed in the first set and never managed to get it in the second. She did have opportunities, however, with a break point in the third game and two more in the ninth. But the Czech let her chance slip away and Veronika Kudermetova took it. On her first break point of the match, the 28th player in the world came back to within a set. Taking advantage of her opponent’s break, the Russian could have taken the lead at the start of the last set, but Petra Kvitova immediately reacted to take the Russian’s serve. The Czech put away two break points and sealed the match on her first match point (6-3, 4-6, 6-4 in 2h03′). Ashleigh Barty or Iga Swiatek will be her opponent for a spot in the last four.

Barty comes up short against Swiatek
For a place in the last four, Petra Kvitova will have her work cut out for her. It is, indeed, the world number 1 Ashleigh Barty who will be on her way in the quarterfinals. The Australian won the clash of the last two players to win the French Open against Iga Swiatek. The Polish player started the match with a break to lead three games to nothing, but the number 1 seed woke up and came back to three games to one. The Australian was patient and at the very last moment, she broke the Polish player’s serve and closed out the first set on her serve. The second set was decided more quickly. Ashleigh Barty converted her first break point of the set in the third game before saving three break points in the sixth game. The Australian put a definitive end to the suspense on her second match point (7-5, 6-4 in 1h42′). A victory that has all the air of a message sent to the competition a few weeks before the French Open.

Bencic takes advantage of Jabeur’s withdrawal
Belinda Bencic will also be in the quarterfinals in the Spanish capital. The number 8 seed of the tournament did not have to fight until the end of her duel with Ons Jabeur, who preferred to throw in the towel. The match began with a real arm wrestling match. Indeed, throughout the first set, both players had the opportunity to take the service of the other, the Tunisian even having two first set points in the tenth game. However, it was in the tiebreaker that the two players came together. Belinda Bencic won the last four points to take the first set. The second set started in the same way, with neither player having any trouble serving. However, after the seventh game, Ons Jabeur called the tournament’s medical service for muscle pain in the hamstring of her right leg. After a bandage break, the Tunisian resumed play but after two points, the evidence was clear. The 25th player in the world signaled that she was giving up the game (7-6, 4-3 in 1h37′). Paula Badosa will be Belinda Bencic’s opponent in the quarterfinals. The Spaniard won a duel that was initially fierce, with each player winning a set in the tiebreaker, then one-sided. Winning the last six games, Paula Badosa validated her ticket (6-7, 7-6, 6-0 in 2h36′).

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