No 6 Petra Kvitova reached the third round over Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine 7-6(3), 6-2 in the confines of a court emptied by the strict virus protocol around the grounds at the US Open on Wednesday..
The Czech double Wimbledon winner saved a set point at 5-4 in the first before eventually pounding out a victory in just under an hour and three-quarters on the Ashe court
The former No. 2 finished with 33 winners and 22 unforced errors in a match played without a crowd.
“Because we are playing without the fans, everything is totally different,” the Czech said. “I know we have a team there, which is perfect.
“But sometimes you play an unbelievable shot and there is just three (people) clapping. I have to still push myself to be more mentally focused.
“On the other hand it’s a little bit like a practice without the fans, I really have to be still reminding myself to be there for every point.”
Angelique Kerber relied on 19 winners to dominate German compatriot Anna-Lena Friedsam for a place in the third round,
The 2016 tournament winner and former No. 1 advanced 6-3, 7-6(6) as she competes in her 50th Grand Slam.
No. 109 Friedsam came to the match with plenty of experience upon the August WTA revival afere the COVID-19 shutdown, competing in qualies and doubles matches at Prague and at the “Cincinnati” event played in New York quarantine last week.
Friedsam, now 0-3 against Kerber, was playing the second round here for the first time.
Being singled out as a player who was subject to a secondary isolation regime after being around Benoit Paire finally got to Kritain Mladenovic.
The 30th-seeded Frenchwoman led 6-1, 5-1 with match points, but faded to a 1-6, 7-6(2), 6-0 loss to Vavrara Gracheva.
Jennifer Brady took a win over fellow American Cici Bellis 6-1, 6-2; .
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