Petra Kvitova has begun the defence of her Tennis Grand Prix title in Stuttgart with a straight-sets victory over Australian Open runner-up Jennifer Brady.
Kvitova defeated Anett Kontaveit to win the title the final time the WTA 500 degree occasion was held in 2019 and he or she overcame a troublesome first-round draw in opposition to American Brady 6-4 6-3.
The Czech seventh seed wanted to be at her finest to defeat world No.14 Brady, and he or she definitely was hitting 27 winners within the 92 minute-match.
“It was nice match and a troublesome opponent for the primary spherical, for certain,” Kvitova stated.
“Initially, it was fairly tight and I feel the video games which I used to be serving had been actually powerful, and I feel just a few instances I (was) fortunate as effectively, to be sincere.
Kvitova earned a 3rd win in opposition to a Prime 20 participant this yr and improved her head-to-head report in opposition to Brady to 3-0.
Her opponent within the spherical of 16 can be world No.19 Maria Sakkari of Greece – the pair splitting their 4 profession conferences.
Fifth-seeded Aryna Sabalenka eased to a 6-2 6-2 victory over Zhang Shuai whereas Kontaveit defeated German qualifier Julia Middendorf 6-2 6-3.