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Kvitova loses just four points in set in Qatar opener

DOHA ( Sports Desk)) – Double Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova breezed through her Qatar Open first-round match against Cagla Buyukakcay on Tuesday, losing just four points out of a total 28 played in the first set.

Kvitova — currently ranked 21 in the world as she continues her return to top-class tennis following a horrific knife attack just over a year ago — won 6-0, 6-3.

The first set took just 19 minutes to complete, the whole match less than an a hour.

The 27-year-old Czech player said the easy victory may have been down to her late arrival in Doha.

“You know, I just came yesterday, and I didn t really think too much about the tennis,” she told reporters.

“So probably that looked like I played very free, even with sun and wind. And I didn t really know where I am.”

Kvitova, who was left with tendon and nerve injuries to her left hand following the attack, said she was happy with her recovery.

“I think I m still progressing and improving my game,” she added.

“My hand has allowed me to improve what I can. And obviously it s a lot of hard work off the court and on the court as well.

“So I m pretty happy with everything which I ve been through.”

She plays Pole Agnieszka Radwanska in round two, in a high-quality field.

Nine of the world s top ten players are in Qatar, with many just outside the highest rankings also competing.

Among those is world number 11, Britain s Johanna Konta, who beat American Bernarda Pera 7-6 (7/5), 6-1 on Tuesday, getting instant revenge on the woman who surprisingly knocked her out of last month s Australian Open.

“I definitely was excited to play her again,” said Konta.

“I mean I knew it was going to be a challenge, and I m a big believer in personal growth and improvement, self-improvement.

“So I definitely took it as an opportunity to really do that.”

Also through was number four seed Garbine Muguruza who won 6-3, 6-4 against China s Duan Yingying.

There were also victories for world number 10 Julia Goerges from Germany who beat Lucie Safarova 6-1, 7-5, a former Qatar champion.

And France s Caroline Garcia beat Slovakia s Dominika Cibulkova 6-3, 6-7 (3-7), 6-0.

Top seeds and the world s numbers one and two, Caroline Wozniacki and Simona Halep, both play Wednesday.

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