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Confident Kvitova advances at Eastbourne

2016-06-21 16:22
Petra Kvitova (AP)

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."

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