Magdalena Froch ousted Czech Petra Kvitova from the WTA 500 tournament in Charleston. The Polish tennis player won the sensational first match in the tiebreak, and in the second he scratched the two-time champion of Wimbledon.
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On Monday in Charleston, Magdalena Fręch (WTA 87) faced a major challenge. She faced Petra Kvitova (WTA 29), the two-time Wimbledon champion. It was the first meeting of these tennis players and it ended with a surprise. The first set was very emotional and ended with a tie. The Polish woman was driving 7:6(6), 3:2, when the Czech woman scratched.
In the first match of the match, Fręch defended herself with chips against the opponent’s attacks. The effect was that it got a stopping point. Kvitova repels him with a forehand strike in response to the Polish woman’s short cut. After a while, the Czech woman made a very good penetration to score 2:0. At 3:0, she did not lift, because she gave the pass by rolling the front hand into the net.
It is clear that Kvitova was the most aggressive side in the exchanges. Attacks were carried out, but often unsuccessful. Fręch bravely defended herself by changing the tempo. You try to send as many balls as possible. Both tennis players suffered from service. The Czech girl used the stopping point at 4:2 with a great comeback. The Polish woman scored a comeback break with a final forehand. Kvitova was more and more messy and spoiled. In the ninth game, she made a double mistake, lost twice in the net, and returned a pass.
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Fręch could not stand the pressure and a double fault cost her the service. At the end of emotions, there was a lot. In the twelfth game, Kvitova was closer to the group, but Bulka scored four points from 0 to 30. The tiebreaker was a bit of a thrill. The Czech girl played in waves, just like in the whole group. It was peppered with great plays with minor mistakes. Fręch had four sets of balls at 6-2. Kvitova defended them all, including three with one last forehand. But this does not mean that she was in control of the situation. The Polish woman surprised her with an excellent backhand in class. In the fifth match, the Czech broke the forehand.
Opening the second half, Kvitova scored a breakthrough with a superb backhand in the line. After the third match, Cesca requested a medical consultation. After the game resumed, she held off four break points, but in fifth, the Polish woman surprised her with an excellent short. Fręch kept the pass and with 0:2 it took 3:2. It was the end of the match because Kvitova scratched.
In the 96-minute match, both players scored four breaks. Kvitova sent 22 final kicks with 29 non-forced fouls. Fręch had 10 balls, which he won directly and only made two fouls.
Last week Kvitova reached the quarter-finals in Miami, where she lost to Iga Švetik. The Czechs have no luck in Charleston. It was her third appearance and she only won one match. Last year, she defeated Australian Storm Sanders. Fręch started for the third time in the event. In 2019 and 2021 she passed the qualification. On Monday, it equalized its score from last season.
A year earlier, in the second round, Froch lost to Spaniard Garbine Muguruza. This time he will face either American Pole Shelby Rogers or Estonian Kalia Kanepi.
Credit One Charleston Open, Charleston (USA)
WTA 500, clay courts, total prize money of 888.6 thousand. dollar
Monday 4th April
First round of singles:
Magdalena Frosch (Poland) – Petra Kvitova (Czech 11) 7:6 (6), 3:2 and retired.
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