Kvitova finds form at French Open

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova powered into the last 16 at the French Open on Saturday, finally finding her form after earlier struggles at Roland Garros.

The fourth seed from the Czech Republic outplayed Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu 6-3 6-2 in just 58 minutes, taking the last five games at a canter.

That was in stark contrast to her first two rounds that saw her grind out six sets and spend just four minutes short of five hours on the court.

“I think it was for sure the best match which I played here so far, so I’m really glad for it,” Kvitova said.

“I’m glad that I didn’t forget many things from my game and it’s still there. I felt better today, for sure. It’s the third round which I didn’t pass here last year, so I was really motivated by it.”

Next up for Kvitova, who also won Wimbledon in 2011, but who has only managed a single semi-final in Paris in 2012, will be a fourth round tie against Swiss Timea Bacsinszky, who upset 16th-seeded American Madison Keys 6-4 6-2.

Also through to the last 16 in early play was Italian Sara Errani, losing finalist in 2012, who gained revenge on German Andrea Petkovic 6-3 6-3.

Petkovic ousted Errani at Roland Garros last year at the quarter-final stage before losing in the semis.

There was disappointment, though for another Italian, 2010 Roland Garros champion Francesca Schiavone losing 7-5, 6-4 to Romania’s Andreea Mitu.

Ranked 100th in the world, Mitu is playing in her first French Open and her three wins in Paris this week were her first at grand slam level.

Her next opponent, with a quarter-final slot at stake will be 93rd-ranked Alison Van Uytvanck of Belgium, who ended the hopes of France’s Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-1.

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