Kvitova survives longest WTA match of the year to reach round 3

Shahida Jacobs

Petra Kvitova needed three hours and 17 minutes to see off the challenge of Yulia Putintseva, winning the longest WTA match of this season to date.

The world No 9 had wanted to make short work of her unseeded opponent, however, the Kazahkstan player had other ideas.

The match ran to three sets, including two tiebreaks, before Kvitova prevailed 6-7 (4), 7-6 (3), 6-4.

“It’s kind of tough to explain, because it was really up-and-down,” Kvitova said afterwards.

“My mental side wasn’t really tough, I have to say.

“It was always, like, a good point and I was up mentally, and then it was a bad point, and I was down.

“That was almost all match.

“I couldn’t show the game which I played the last few weeks. I just really stayed very calm.”

Told that her match was the longest WTA match of the season to date, she sarcastically replied: “What an honour.”

In other matches, world No 1 Simona Halep beat Kristyna Pliskova 6-4, 6-4 while fifth seed Karolina Pliskova beat Irina-Camelia Begu 7-4, 6-1.

Jelena Ostapenko came through 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 against Belinda Bencic and Kristina Mladenovic was a 7-5, 7-5 winner over Sam Stosur.

There were also seeds to fall with Johanna Konta going down in three to Marketa Vondrousova and Ashleigh Barty losing to Maria Sakkari.