Sydney, Jan 12 (MNN) Ons Jabeur beat Petra Kvitova 6-4, 6-4 in the second round of the Sydney Tennis Classic here on Wednesday to set up a clash with Anett Kontaveit.
She had won just three games in her last match against Kvitova — a 6-1, 6-2 defeat at the Western & Southern Open last summer.
It is for the first time in their five meetings that Jabeur has emerged victorious against the two-time Wimbledon champion.
Jabeur’s first win against Kvitova didn’t come without adversity. She rallied from 3-1 down in each set to seal victory, having never previously won a set in her defeats.
The rivalry between Jabeur and Kontveit was the story down the stretch in 2021, and the two will resume their rivalry in the quarterfinals.
Kontaveit advanced to the last eight with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Romanian qualifier Elena-Gabriela Ruse, and the pair will play for the first time since Kontaveit eclipsed Jabeur for the eighth and final spot at the Akron WTA Finals in Guadalajara last fall.
Muguruza saves set points to stave off Alexandrova
Playing her first match of 2022, Garbine Muguruza started the new year as she ended the last: with a straight-sets win. But she had to find her best tennis to earn it.
Saving five set points in a thrilling second set, Muguruza beat Ekaterina Alexandrova, 6-1, 7-6(4), to book a place in the quarterfinals.
Muguruza will face Daria Kasatkina, who took out Elise Mertens, 6-3, 6-4, in an efficient 71 minutes, for a spot in the semifinals.
Muguruza holds a slim 3-2 head-to-head advantage, and all but one of the pair’s all-time matches have stretched to three sets.