The women’s side of the first major of the year has some great competition. The usual favorites are in the mix here, Halep, Serena Williams,Osaka and this lady that I am scrutinizing here Petra Kvitova. She has carried her momentum from the lead up tournaments there in Melbourne with a win over unseeded Belgian Greet Minnen.It was anything but easy for the 9th seeded Czech. She won most of the points on her second serve which was crucial for the victory. The Belgian was surprisingly competitive in this match. Petra being a lefty, struggled to deal with Greet’s return when she served to her forehand. Greet fought back from 5-1 down receiving to stay in the set to 5-3. It is only when Petra put pace to her serve did she manage to serve out the set 6-3
Minnen started the second set like a house on fire,breaking Kvitova in the Czech’s first service game of the set with good net play with a little help from Mr(or should I say Miss)net cord. Greet’s forehand played a role again in her going 4-1 up in the set, the set looking increasingly likely to go to a decider.Sadly that was all the Belgian had left in the tank. Kvitova went on to win the next 5 games. The turning point was when she started to push Minnen around the court more with some heavy hitting, opening the court for some delightful winners. Kvitova who made it look easier than it looked here will now face Sorana Cirstea of Romania in round 2.