Home favorite and former Wimbledon champ Petra KVITOVA faced Anastacia POTAPOVA of Russia in the round of 16. A gutsy second set performance by Anastacia coming back from a break down to win the breaker. This was contrast to the first set dominated by Czech. Let’s pick up play at first set 1-0. This game showed who was the most experienced and could hold nerve in their first service games. A nervous Anastacia double faulting at 30-0 setting herself up to be broken early.
Anastacia’s chance to break back came at 3-1. Ever the wily veteran Petra pulled out the strong first serve to get out of jail down 15-40. Now check out second set 2-2(40-15).KVITOVA showing that yoy don’t need to always put pace on the forehand to get the point, an almost nonchalant swing of a racquet with direction enough to get the point there. Tie break turning points were at 3-3 a double fsilt at the worst time for KVITOVA and the unforced error at 5-4.
Anastacia carried the momentum into set 3 breaking a rattled KVITOVA to love at 1-1, looking jittery at the net did Petra there at break point. However POTAPOVA failed to confirm the break in the very next game, the Czech attacking her weakest link the second serve well at 15-40. The match winning break happened at 4-3, Anastacia never looked comfortable rallying on the second serve the entire match, this time she hit the net at 40-15. She never executed the forehand well, hitting it flat on the racquet with not enough spin to clear the net.