UPSET! Petra Kvitova’s Poor Run of Form Continues in Shock Exit From Prague Open 2021

Published 07/12/2021, 1:54 PM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 30, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova reacts during her first round match against Belgium’s Greet Minnen REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier


The poor run of form for Petra Kvitova continued, as she crashed out of the Prague Open.

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Kvitova struggled but eventually fell 6-7 6-3 4-6 to Rebecca Sramkova.

Petra Kvitova finds no rhythm whatsoever

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The Czech did not find her feet, making errors on both wings. She made 6 aces and 6 double faults in the match. Despite making 60% first serves, the Slovakian unseeded player made Kvitova pay for her lack of pace.

Tennis – WTA Masters 1000 – Madrid Open – Caja Magica, Madrid, Spain – May 5, 2021 Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova in action during her quarter final match against Australia’s Ashleigh Barty REUTERS/Sergio Perez

Kvitova choked when it mattered the most, and could convert a mere 5 out of 15 break points. She put up a solid fight, but Sramkova produced clutch tennis towards the closing stages of the encounter. Yet, the former Wimbledon should have come through this, especially with her opponent serving 7 double faults in total.

Sramkova makes top seed pay

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Nonetheless, it was a bright performance from Slovakia’s Rebecca Sramkova. The 24-year-old qualifier produced cheeky shots that Kvitova did not anticipate.

The accuracy on her forehand was admirable, hence giving her the win. It was like a mirror of the Wimbledon that Kvitova suffered to Sloane Stephens, where the Czech didn’t look to be at her best.

 

Petra Kvitova will be mightily disappointed with the early exit. Being the top seed, she was expected to go deep into the tournament. Added to this was the fact that Petra was the home favorite.

Playing in her own nation, the southpaw failed to nail the powerful ground strokes that the world has seen from her over the years. Towards the end of the game, it was a sense of deflation from the Czech who suffered a bullish conclusion to the bout.

 

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The loss meant that Petra Kvitova crashed out of another tournament prematurely. Since the beginning of the year, Kvitova has been a touch underwhelming, despite producing her genius displays in patches.

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Will Petra manage to turn her season around? With the American stretch coming soon, can the former Grand Slam champion find form soon enough?

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Sankalp Harikrishnan is a tennis and NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He aspires to pursue Sports Journalism and has represented his institution in cricket, badminton, football, and table tennis. Apart from his professional desires, Sankalp does voluntary service with his friends to feed hungry animals on a regular basis.

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