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Kvitova topples Venus in Memphis

Kvitova topples Venus in Memphis

Top seed and defending champion Venus Williams was upset in the opening round of the Cellular South Cup by qualifier Petra Kvitova 2-6, 6-4, 6-3 on Tuesday.
The 17-year-old Kvitova won only the fifth WTA Tour match of her career, stunning Williams, the winner of four Wimbledon titles.
"I am very happy," said Kvitova, of the Czech Republic. "It is the biggest (moment) of my life."
Williams followed the No. 2 seed, Tatiana Golovin, out of the tournament. Earlier, Golovin was beaten by American Bethanie Mattek 6-4, 6-4.
After winning the second set, Kvitova took charge midway through the final set. In the fifth game, she had two break points against Williams.
Williams saved the first one with a forehand winner, but Kvitova recovered and followed with a forehand volley winner to go up 3-2.
She closed the match with another break, sending a forehand volley winner past Williams before a stunned crowd.
"She had a good serve and she was left-handed," Williams said. "She mixed it up really well. I'm not happy about the result of the match, but she played well."
Playing in only her 14th career WTA match, Kvitova, ranked 143rd, matched Williams' power with punishing groundstrokes of her own. Williams was hampered by six double faults, including five in the second set.


Updated : 2021-05-15 17:46 GMT+08:00