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. 

Petra Kvitova

“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. 

Petra Kvitova with 2011 Wimbledon Trophy Photo Roger Parker

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; .

Main Photo :- Petra Kvitova USTA

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