“I Just Took Her Straight Away Back”: Petra Kvitova on Beating Angelique Kerber at Mutua Madrid Open 2021

Published 05/02/2021, 5:55 AM EDT
Mar 27, 2021; Miami, Florida, USA; Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic hits a backhand against Johanna Konta of Great Britain (not pictured) in the third round in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports


Former World No. 2 Petra Kvitova defeated German player Angelique Kerber during their Round of 32 matches at the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. It was their 14th meeting on Tour and the Czech athlete leads the tie with eight wins after yesterday’s victory. The match ended in straight sets, 6-4 7-5, and lasted for 82 minutes.

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After the match, Petra Kvitova reflected on the key moments that turned the match in her favor. When you’re up against a tough competitor, it’s important to maintain composure and strike during loose openings.

During the match, Kerber got the initial break, but the Czech player was quick to strike back.

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Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 10, 2021, Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her second round match against Romania’s Sorana Cirstea REUTERS/Kelly Defina

Reflecting on the match, the 31-year-old player stated, “I don’t think that I really played like bad games when she broke my serve. It was kind of important to stay calm, which I did very well I think today, through the whole match. I just took her straight away back. I served very well, especially in the important points.”

Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber were involved in a close contest

Although the match ended in straight sets, it was a close-fought battle. During the crucial moments, it was key for Kvitova to maintain focus and not panic against Angelique Kerber. Both players were engaged in fierce rallies and were not giving any room for error on their serves. In the end, it was Petra who raised the bar and turned the match to her advantage.

Tennis – Australian Open – Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia, February 8, 2021, Germany’s Angelique Kerber in action during her first round match against Bernarda Pera of the U.S. REUTERS/Asanka Brendon Ratnayake

The Czech star further added, “I think overall the intensity and the tennis itself were on the high level, I would say. I think we really played very well. She even served very well, as well. It was tough to attack her serve. I think I was pretty pleased that I stayed calm during the whole match. I was just there, doesn’t matter what the score [was]. That’s what I’m pleased with.”

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After overcoming the tricky challenge in the German former Grand Slam champion, Kvitova will face Russian tennis player Veronika Kudermetova, who knocked out defending champion Kiki Bertens for a place in the Round of 16 of the Mutua Madrid Open 2021. The Czech athlete has won at the venue on three occasions. 

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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