Madrid – World number two Petra Kvitova made an impressive start to the defense of his Madrid Open title by beating America Sofia Kenin 6-1, 6-4 Saturday.
Kvitova needed only 33 minutes to win the opening opening in the Caja Magica and although Kenin added it further in the second, the Czech Republic saw a straight set victory.
Barbora Strycova or Kristina Mladenovic are now staying in the second round for Kvitova, who is trying to follow her success in Stuttgart last week with another strong run before the French opening later this month.
Kvitova will be one of the favorites in Roland Garros, after returning remarkably from the attack in her home two and a half years ago, which left her with serious injuries to her stronger left hand.
The 20-year-old Kenin has climbed to number 37 in the ranks after breaking into the top 100 last year, but she didn't fit with Kvitova's power, which she was doing. n pursuing Madrid's fourth title.
Victoria Azarenka has fought against Russia's talented past Daria Kasatkina 7-5, 6-4 to continue her own revival since losing in the first Australian Open in January.
"Our first game, and first games are not easy – especially here with the conditions and the height," Azarenka said at a conference to the press afterwards.
"I think winning without your game A, against a player in his 20s and in the top 20, thinks that that is really a silver lining."
Azarenka will face either the eighth Sloane Stephens seed or a second-round qualifying qualification.