Paris - Czech fourth seed Petra Kvitova dug deep to reach the second round
of the French Open as she laboured to a 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory against New
Zealand's Marina Erakovic on Tuesday.
The double Wimbledon champion looked nothing like the player who defeated
world number one Serena Williams en route to the Madrid Open clay-court title
earlier this month as she put in a shaky performance on court Philippe
"I knew it would be difficult, I always struggle at the beginning of
tournaments," Kvitova, who will next take on either France's Pauline
Parmentier or Silvia Soler-Espinosa of Spain.
Kvitova was under early pressure, facing four break points in her first
three service games with Erakovic grabbing the last one to go 3-2 up when the
Czech double faulted.
Kvitova, however, broke back by converting her first break point in the
eighth game as Erakovic sent a forehand just wide and the Czech went on to take
the set on her opponent's serve.
Erakovic did not let go though, breaking in the first game of the second set
as Kvitova's string of unforced errors continued, and the Kiwi followed up with
Kvitova pulled one break back but dropped serve again as Erakovic levelled
the contest. Even though the New Zealander broke twice in the decider, she
could only hold serve once, bowing out with a forehand into the net.