Paris - Fourth seed Petra Kvitova reached the third round of the French Open
on Thursday with a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 win over Spain's Silvia
But it was another nervy showing from the
Wimbledon champion who was taken to the limit in her opening match
against New Zealander Marina Erakovic.
The Czech Fed Cup winner, a
semi-finalist at Roland Garros in 2012, dropped serve twice in the
opening set before the more consistent Soler-Espinosa took the tie-break
Kvitova was hanging on early in the second set, but finally
started to find her range with her groundstrokes and broke to take a 4-3
That was short-lived, however, as Soler-Espinosa battled
back onto level terms in the next game, but Kvitova took the next two to
level the set scores.
The fourth seed took command early on in
the deciding set and back-to-back breaks saw her safely past the post
and into the third round.
"It was a tough match again. Second round of a Grand Slam is always difficult," she said.
Kvitova will go up against either Ana Konjuh of Croatia or Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania for a place in the last 16.