Australian Open 2021: ‘Hurting’ Petra Kvitova refuses to make excuses after second spherical exit

Australian Open 2021: ‘Hurting’ Petra Kvitova refuses to make excuses after second spherical exit

Petra Kvitova hit again strongly after dropping the primary set, however her problem fell aside as she went out 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 after 44 unforced errors and 7 double faults.

Australian Open 2021: 'Hurting' Petra Kvitova refuses to make excuses after second round exit

Petra Kvitova dedicated 44 unforced errors and 7 double fault in her defeat. AP

A “hurting” Petra Kvitova refused to make excuses Wednesday after slumping out of the Australian Open with a troublesome three-sets loss to Sorana Cirstea within the second spherical.

The 2-time Grand Slam winner hit again strongly after dropping the primary set, however her problem fell aside as she went out 6-4, 1-6, 6-1 after 44 unforced errors and 7 double faults.

Ninth seed Kvitova had dominated the match-up prior, successful 5 of their seven clashes, however a assured Cirstea was ruthless within the deciding set.

It was a powerful victory for the Romanian, who underwent arduous quarantine and could not go away her lodge room for 14 days.

Kvitova, whose quarantine allowed coaching blocks of 5 hours every day, rued missed alternatives.

“I feel this match wasn’t actually concerning the quarantine or simply practising in another way,” she mentioned. “I ought to have taken the primary set once I was main a break… it will be a special story.

“I feel that was actually the important thing of the match. It was fairly a rollercoaster.”

The 2019 Australian Open finalist completed final yr on a excessive, reaching the semi-finals of the French Open, however has had a troublesome time after rising from quarantine in Australia.

She gained only one match on the warm-up Yarra Valley Basic earlier than falling to Nadia Podoroska of Argentina in three units.

“It is a bit of painful and I am actually disenchanted about my loss… actually hurting” added Kvitova, 30. “I did not actually convey the most effective tennis at present.”

Cirstea, ranked 68, performs Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic within the third spherical.

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