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Tennis - Defending champion Kvitova reaches Madrid third round

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Tennis - Defending champion Kvitova reaches Madrid third round
FILE PHOTO - Tennis - WTA Premier - Stuttgart Tennis Grand Prix - Porsche-Arena, Stuttgart, Germany - April 28, 2019 Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova in action during the final match against Estonia's Anett Kontaveit REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach   -   Copyright  KAI PFAFFENBACH(Reuters)
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BARCELONA (Reuters) – Three-time champion Petra Kvitova defeated Kristina Mladenovic 6-3 7-6(5) to reach the third round of the Madrid Open on Monday.

The second seed Kvitova edged her French opponent after a nervy tiebreak in the second set to win in one hour 55 minutes.

The Czech has now won eight consecutive games at the Caja Magica and will face wildcard Sorana Cirstea or Caroline Garcia in the last 16.

Last year’s runner-up Kiki Bertens eased past Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko 6-4 6-3.

The Dutchwoman faces another Latvian, Anastasija Sevastova, in the next round, after she beat Romania’s Mihaela Buzarnescu 6-3 6-4.

“She can also be really tricky because she has the slice, the dropshot, so I cannot be as far back as I was today,” said Bertens. “But against her, I can also play my own game more.”

Sloane Stephens edged Victoria Azarenka 6-4 2-6 6-2, while Ashleigh Barty beat Danielle Collins 6-1 1-6 6-1.

(Reporting by Rik Sharma, editing by Pritha Sarkar)

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