Eastbourne - Petra Kvitova insists her confidence is "pretty
good" despite recent poor results as she advanced to the third round of
the Eastbourne International on Tuesday.
Fifth-seeded Kvitova, who has reached just one semi-final this
year, beat Timea Babos of Hungary 6-4, 7-6 (5).
"I'm kind of feeling that I am playing well, even though I
lost some of the matches in a couple of months," she said, including a
second-round defeat in England at Birmingham last week.
The two-time Wimbledon champion broke in the first set to lead 5-4
against Babos but then had to fight off two break points as she closed out the
set. In a tense second set, the Czech held four break points to lead 5-4 before
Babos took her to a tiebreaker.
"It wasn't easy today," said Kvitova. "She was
serving really well."
Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark also reached the third round by
crushing seventh-seeded Samantha Stosur of Australia 6-2, 6-1, while former
top-ranked junior Kristina Mladenovic of France upset fourth-seeded Swiss Timea
Bacsinszky 6-1, 7-5.
I love grass," said Mladenovic. "I don't have any
surface that I don't like."