Kvitova wins opener in Flushing Meadows

Updated: August 27, 2013

Flushing Meadows, NY (Sports Network) – Former Wimbledon champion Petra
Kvitova was a three-set opening-round winner Tuesday at the 2013 U.S. Open.

The seventh-seeded Czech slugger got past Japanese fellow left-hander Misaki
Doi, 6-2, 3-6, 6-1, in 1 hour, 55 minutes on a warm, breezy Day 2 at the USTA
Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.

“In the first round of Grand Slams it’s difficult all the time so you have to
be focused,” Kvitova said. “I didn’t play my game all the match. I didn’t have
focus. I have to have more confidence.”

Kvitova, who captured Wimbledon in 2011, has never made it past the fourth
round in New York. Her second-round opponent on Thursday will be capable Serb
Bojana Jovanovski.

Meanwhile, 10th-seeded Italian Roberta Vinci, a U.S. Open quarterfinalist a
year ago, handled Hungarian Timea Babos, 6-4, 6-2, 13th-seeded former world
No. 1 and former French Open champ Ana Ivanovic, also a 2012 quarterfinalist
in Flushing, pasted Georgian Anna Tatishvili, 6-2, 6-0, and 14th-seeded
Russian Maria Kirilenko mauled Belgian Yanina Wickmayer, 6-1, 6-1.

In other action involving seeds, No. 22 Russian Elena Vesnina drilled German
Annika Beck 6-1, 6-1 and Taipei’s Su-Wei Hsieh knocked out No. 31 Czech Klara
Zakopalova 6-3, 6-3.