Tennis: Kvitova into Birmingham quarters after straight sets win

Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova celebrates her victory.
Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova celebrates her victory.PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (REUTERS) – Twice Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova continued her comeback on grass with a 6-2 6-2 win over British wildcard Naomi Broady at the Aegon Classic on Wednesday (June 21).

The Czech seventh seed, who only returned to competition at the French Open after suffering a hand injury in a knife attack at her home in December, moves into the quarter-finals at the Edgbaston Priory Club.

She took 62 minutes to deal with Broady, never dropping serve and landing nearly 70 per cent of her first serves, while Broady, despite hitting six aces, was unable to get into the contest.

Australian Daria Gavrilova beat Kvitova’s compatriot Katerina Siniakova 7-5 2-6 6-4 and will face the winner of the contest between another Czech, Lucie Safarova and Japan’s Naomi Osaka.