Nervous Kvitova begins defence in brutal style

Tue Jun 30, 2015 11:00am EDT
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By Toby Davis

LONDON (Reuters) - Petra Kvitova probably wishes she could be this nervous before every match if her 35-minute 6-1 6-0 rout of Dutchwoman Kiki Bertens at Wimbledon on Tuesday was anything to go by.

Stepping out on to a sun-kissed Centre Court to begin the defence of her title, the Czech confessed to feeling the butterflies churning in her stomach.

Then she started playing and in the blink of an eye she had torn shreds off her beleaguered opponent in a one-sided demolition job in which she conceded a solitary point on her serve in the final game of the match.

"Actually, I will be quite happy if every time I am nervous it is going to be like this. So I'm happy I won it," she told reporters having begun her campaign just as she left off in last year's final with a brutal exhibition of power tennis.

"For sure, it wasn't really easy, especially before the match when you never know how it's going to be... I didn't really know what I should expect."

The second seed has form for leaving the Centre Court crowd feeling slightly short-changed after battering Eugenie Bouchard in 55 minutes to lift the Venus Rosewater Dish 12 months ago.

Her parents were among Tuesday's spectators, perched in the Royal Box, but they at least can expect an apology from their daughter.

"Unfortunately, maybe for people was a little bit quicker," she said. "My parents came. The first 35 minutes, I have to say sorry to them."   Continued...

Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic hits a shot during her match against Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands at the Wimbledon Tennis Championships in London, June 30, 2015.   REUTERS/Henry Browne