Petra Kvitova and Lucie Hradecka will meet in round two of the Mutua Madrid Open
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Petra Kvitova made few mistakes on Monday, making her way through to the second round of the Mutua Madrid Open with a 6-2, 6-3 win over New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic. Kvitova is the reigning champion at this event, and she’ll be looking to reassert herself as a contender for the No. 1 ranking spot by retaining the title this week.
Next up for the third seed will be a showdown against her compatriot Lucie Hradecka. Hradecka may be a little fatigued following her three set ousting of Shuai Peng on Monday. Peng possesses great movement, so Hradecka certainly deserves praise for outlasting her on the clay here. She can expect a very different contest against the powerful Kvitova on Wednesday though.
Kvitova holds a 1-0 head to head record against Hradecka, having defeated her 6-4, 7-5 at the 2010 US Open. Kvitova has since climbed the rankings (she was the world No. 29 at the time), and established herself as one of the very best players that the WTA has to offer. It looks like the 22-year-old will double her advantage over Hradecka here.