WTA Tour: Petra Kvitova through in J&T Banka Prague Open

Last Updated May 01 2018, 19:14Tennis
Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova

Second seed Petra Kvitova claimed her place in the second round of the J&T Banka Prague Open with a comfortable win over wildcard Tereza Smitkova.

The world number 10, who is the highest-ranked player in the tournament following the withdrawal of top seed Karolina Pliskova, overcame her fellow Czech 6-1 6-3.

Kvitova won nine consecutive games at one point in a dominant display, although she did suffer a brief lapse to have her serve broken in the second set.

It did not prove a serious setback, with Kvitova breaking back and then holding out for victory.

Another Czech, the fifth-seeded Barbora Strycova, saw her hopes come to an end as she was beaten 6-0 2-6 6-2 by Italy's Camila Giorgi.

Third seed Daria Kataskina also suffered defeat, losing 7-6 6-3 to Jasmine Paolini of Italy.

Belgium's Elise Mertens made a convincing start at the Grand Prix De SAR La Princesse Lalla Meryem in Rabat with a 6-0 6-0 victory over Kristina Kucova.

Mertens, the top seed and world number 19, saw off the Slovakian in 56 minutes.

Second seed Dominika Cibulkova of Slovakia did not enjoy such joy, losing 2-6 7-5 6-4 to Slovenia's Polona Hercog.

Former world number five Sara Errani, French Open finalist in 2012, beat sixth seed Zarina Diyas 6-4 6-4.

Related tennis links

Most Read

Hayley Moore1

Moore catches loose horse - in style!

ATR presenter Hayley Moore sent social media into a frenzy on Tuesday afternoon with her heroic manoeuvre to capture a loose horse at Chepstow.

Ola Kamara: Scored the winning goal for LA Galaxy2

How to turn £5 into £65k

One lucky Sky Bet punter remarkably managed to win over £65k with just a £5 stake thanks to an eight-fold football accumulator.

Ayr racecourse3

Wednesday's racing preview

Anita Chambers says Jet Streaming can pick up some valuable black type at Ayr on Wednesday.

Check out our nap of the day...4

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Ben Linfoot's previews Wednesday's meetings with the Sporting Life Daily Nap running on Kempton's evening card.

Cracksman5

Cracksman 'twice the horse he was'

John Gosden believes Investec Coronation Cup favourite Cracksman is a markedly different horse now to the one that finished third in last year's Investec Derby.

Most Read

Hayley Moore1

Moore catches loose horse - in style!

ATR presenter Hayley Moore sent social media into a frenzy on Tuesday afternoon with her heroic manoeuvre to capture a loose horse at Chepstow.

Ola Kamara: Scored the winning goal for LA Galaxy2

How to turn £5 into £65k

One lucky Sky Bet punter remarkably managed to win over £65k with just a £5 stake thanks to an eight-fold football accumulator.

Ayr racecourse3

Wednesday's racing preview

Anita Chambers says Jet Streaming can pick up some valuable black type at Ayr on Wednesday.

Check out our nap of the day...4

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Ben Linfoot's previews Wednesday's meetings with the Sporting Life Daily Nap running on Kempton's evening card.

Cracksman5

Cracksman 'twice the horse he was'

John Gosden believes Investec Coronation Cup favourite Cracksman is a markedly different horse now to the one that finished third in last year's Investec Derby.

Racing Tips

Ayr racecourse

Wednesday's racing preview

Anita Chambers says Jet Streaming can pick up some valuable black type at Ayr on Wednesday.

Check out our nap of the day...

Sporting Life: Daily Nap

Ben Linfoot's previews Wednesday's meetings with the Sporting Life Daily Nap running on Kempton's evening card.

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Next Race Off
11:20 Greyville
5
(2)
Neva River
J: Serino Moodley
8
(4)
Palace Rose
J: A Domeyer
9
(3)
Watchmego
J: Grant Van Niekerk

Football Tips

Get your bets on!

Our best bets

Check out all of our available betting tips and previews of the forthcoming sporting action.

Leroy Sane is congratulated after scoring for Man City

Sporting Life: Tipping record

A look at how the Sporting Life recommended bets have performed.

Romelu Lukaku: The Manchester United forward celebrates his goal v Spurs in the FA Cup semi-final

FA Cup final betting tips

George Pitts thinks Manchester United will win the FA Cup for the second time in three years when they come up against Chelsea at Wembley.