Australia’s Daria Gavrilova has taken out the no. 5 seed at the China Open in Beijing. She beat Petra Kvitova 6-2, 6-1.
Gavrilova served impressively to defeat Kvitova in comfortable fashion. She served at 81% and had just two double-faults. The double-faults have been a concern for her over recent months.
The Australian broke in the third game after Kvitova hit long. She would break three times in the first set while being broken once. With Gavrilova serving at 4-1 she did let Kvitova back into the set after being broken, but then she broke for 5-2 and served out the set despite facing three break points.
In the second set, it was more of the same as Gavrilova broke Kvitova another three times, while not dropping served herself. Kvitova was broken to love in the opening game of the second set. Garilova consolidated the break to lead 2-0. Kvitova held serve in the next game, but that was her only game in the set that she won.
In the seventh game with Kvitova serving to stay in the match, she was out to 40-15 but could not close out the game. It ended up being a marathon game lasting nearly 15 minutes and seeing eight deuces and four match points for Gavrilova. The match finally fell her way when Kvitova double-faulted.
“I thought I played really well,” Gavrilova said. “I tried to control what I could control because I knew Petra would be aggressive. My serve percentage was high too, so that helped.”
Gavrilova had just 12 unforced errors to 39 from her Czech opponent. The winner count was 26 to 12 in favour of Kvitova.
It was a poor showing from Kvitova, a player that has won five titles in 2018.