Kvitova Crushes Barty
Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova raced into the second round of the French Open with a 6-1 6-2 victory over Australian teenager Ashleigh Barty.
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This was a meeting between the senior and junior champions from SW19 last year, but the 16-year-old will have to chalk it off as valuable experience on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Kvitova had been troubled by an abdominal injury in Rome two weeks ago but showed no signs of that, as she cruised through to a second-round meeting with either Pauline Parmentier or Urszula Radwanska.
The fourth seed is considered much more of a threat on faster surfaces, with her best performances at Roland Garros so far being two fourth-round appearances.
The Czech said: "I think that every first round is very tough to play at the grand slams, and I knew I was a really big favourite.
"She's talented. She got a wild card, she's won a grand slam. And she was a very tough opponent for the first round for sure, but I'm happy I'm through."