Kvitova qualifies for French Open 2nd round

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Paris, May 28 (IANS) Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic on Monday beat Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg 3-6, 6-1, 7-5 to advance to the second round of the French Open.

In their first career encounter, eighth-seed Kvitova fell a set down against Cepede, world No. 87, but came back to win the match in two hours and seven minutes, her 31st victory this year, reported Efe.

The two-time Wimbledon champion is next set to face Spain’s Lara Arruabarrena Vecino, world No. 91, who defeated world No. 37 Timea Babos of Hungary 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.

In other Roland Garros action on Monday, former world No. 1 Victoria Azarenka made her first French Open appearance since 2016, but fell short against world No. 57 Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 7-5.

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Siniakova booked a place at the tournament’s second round for the first time in her career, and is scheduled to play against Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine.

Meanwhile, 13th-seed Madison Keys of the UA defeated her compatriot Sachia Vickery 6-3, 6-3, and is to face another US player, Caroline Dolehide, in the next round.

–IANS

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