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Aegon Classic Birmingham | Kvitova cruises to quarters

Aegon Classic Birmingham | Kvitova cruises to quarters

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova marched into the quarter-finals of the Aegon Classic Birmingham with an impressive 6-2 6-2 victory over British No.2 Naomi Broady at the Edgbaston Priory Club on Wednesday.

I'm just a little bit more relaxed, I think, and I'm not as nervous as I was before, even before the matches Petra Kvitova

Kvitova, who was playing only her fourth match since returning to competition, said a relaxed attitude was the key. “I think I do have a clear mind, which is very important for tennis players. Everybody knows forehand and backhand and how to play, but it’s always about a few things in the match. And you can’t learn it. You just need to experience it and then play what comes into mind in that point of the match. And I think I do have a little bit different view of tennis right now. When I’m playing, I’m just a little bit more relaxed, I think, and I’m not as nervous as I was before, even before the matches.”

Broady said: “Petra is one of the best grass court players and it was a really tough match. It’s not necessarily her power, any soft ball or slow ball she nails it and you’ve got no chance.

“In terms of going forward I’m going to watch her and see what she’s doing because she makes you feel so uncomfortable on court and it’s hard to know where to hit it to not give her a winning shot.”

Thursday’s Ladies Day crowd has a packed day of tennis ahead with British No.1 Johanna Konta’s clash with big-hitting American Coco Vandeweghe among the highlights on the Ann Jones Centre Court.

Sixth seed Garbine Muguruza takes on tricky grass-court competitor Alison Riske in another of Thursday’s marquee matches, while talented Frenchwoman Kristina Mladenovic plays China’s Shuai Zhang for the chance to play Kvitova in Friday’s quarter-finals.

Away from the court, Ladies Day guests can also enjoy live music, food and drinks or visit the Explore Wimbledon attraction in what is forecast to be another sunny – though slightly cooler – day.

Report by Eleanor Preston

RESULTS – JUNE 21, 2017
Singles – Second Round

[7] [WC] P. Kvitova (CZE) def [WC] N. Broady (GBR) 62 62
A. Barty (AUS) def [8] B. Strycova (CZE) 63 36 61
[9] D. Gavrilova (AUS) def K. Siniakova (CZE) 75 26 64
L. Safarova (CZE) def N. Osaka (JPN) 62 64

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.

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