Reigning champion Petra Kvitova passes by Kristina Mladenovic

MADRID: Holder Petra Kvitova Crashed A Late Attack From France Kristina Mladenovic To Continue With 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) To The Third Round Of The Madrid Open On Monday.

The Czech Second Seed, Looking For A Fourth Title On The Caja Magica Clay, Has Now Won The Last Five Matches Over Qualifier Mladenovic In Straight Sets.

" It Was A Pretty Difficult Match. I Fought Hard In The End And That's What Counts," The Winner Said

" The Clay Conditions Here Are A Bit Different Compared To Other Venues, So I Needed Time To Fight It Out."

Kvitova Took The Opening Set On A Break And Started The Second Set With Another,

But Mladenovic Broke Back For 3-all And Eventually Forced The Contest To A Tiebreaker, Which Kvitova Captured.

" I Had To Fight, But I'm Slippery That I Had This (child Or) Match. Hopefully, It's Given Me A Bit More Freedom For The Next Round," Last Month's Stuttgart Clay Winner Said.

Sloane Stephens Defeat The Former Number One Of The World Victoria Azarenka 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 To Equal The Best Showing At The Event, Defeating The Two-time Australian Open Winner For The Fourth Consecutive Time.

Belarusian Azarenka Committed Nine Double Faults In Going Down To The American Eighth Seed.

" I Was Taking Control From The Baseline Points, I Was Doing The Right Things," Azarenka Said.

" I Played Smart Tennis . But I Didn't Create Anything With My Serve Today And It Was Really Frustrating.

" I Didn't Really Have A Game Plan, That's Something I Need To Take A Look At And Fix.

" I Need To Make It More Simple And Just Do The Right Things."

Former US Open Winner Stephens Also Reached The Third Round Here In 2014 And 2018.

Dutch Seventh Seed Kiki Bertens Advanced Fits 2017 Roland Garros Champion Jelena Ostapenko 6-4, 6-3.

Last Year's Losing Madrid Finalist Bertens Hammered 11 Aces As She Went Through In 80 Minutes, Breaking Ostapenko Four Times.

In The Men's First Round At The ATP-WTA Pre-Roland Garros Tune-up, Russian 11th Seed Karen Khachanov Ended A Five-match Losing Streak As He Put Out Spain's Jaume Munar 6-4, 6-7 (5/7), 6-3.

Khachanov Earned His Last Win In Mid-March At Indian Wells.

An Indifferent Season Continued For 2017 ATP Finals Champion Grigor Dimitrov, With The Bulgarian Falling To Taylor Fritz 7-6 (10/8), 7-6 (7/4).

Philipp Kohlschreiber Of Germany Beat Mikhail Kukushkin With 6-2, 7-6 (7/5) Frances Tiafoe Beat Georgia's Nikolaz Basilashvili 6-7 (8/10), 6-3, 6-4.

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