Petra Kvitova too good for Victoria Azarenka while Julia Goerges is dumped out

Petra Kvitova shrugged off her Australian Open heartbreak to see off the challenge of Victoria Azarenka at the St Petersburg Open.

Just four days after losing the final Melbourne final in three sets against Naomi Osaka, top seed Kvitova beat former world No 1 Azarenka 6-2, 7-6 (7-3) in one hour and 40 minutes.

The match started with four consecutive breaks of serve, but Kvitova eventually got her act together as she won the four remaining games to take the set.

She then led 5-1 in the second set before Azarenka staged a comeback to take it to the tie-breaker, but the Czech got the job done in two sets.

Up next is eighth seed Donna Vekic, who beat Russian lucky loser Veronika Kudermetova 6-4, 6-3.

Fifth seed Julia Goerges’ campaign came to an end on Wednesday as she went down 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 against former world No 2 Vera Zvonareva.

The 34-year-old Russian will face her compatriot Daria Kasatkina in the quarter-finals after the third seed advanced when five-time Grand Slam winner Maria Sharapova withdrew.

Meanwhile, Great Britain’s Katie Boulter suffered defeat at the hands of Ekaterina Alexandrova with the Russian qualifier winning 7-5, 4-6, 6-1.

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