'Petra Kvitova' - 157 News Result(S)
Seven-time Grand Slam champion Venus Williams cut a defiant figure despite her depressingly persistent fitness issues and missing a match point on Wednesday against Petra Kvitova, the world number six from the Czech Republic.
Petra Kvitova said that she was very sorry but she had to stay at home and cure the virosis she is currently having. Kvitova led the Czech team to Fed Cup victories in 2011 and 2012.
Second seed Petra Kvitova withdrew ahead of her second round date with France's Alize Cornet.
World No. 6 Petra Kvitova and Lucie Safarova, ranked 27th are expected to play the singles at the Feb 8-9 series on an outdoor clay-court in Seville.
Sixth seed Petra Kvitova lost 6-2, 1-6, 6-4 in the first round. Kvitova has lost in the first round of a Grand Slam for the first time since the 2011 U.S. Open.
Petra Kvitova, the 2011 Wimbledon champion, was broken twice in the first set and four times in the second against Pironkova, who finished last season ranked No. 108.
Sloane Stephens retired after dropping her first set in her singles clash with the Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova.
Kvitova's boyfriend, Radek Stepanek, also secured the Group B tie for the Czechs with an easy win over little-known Spaniard Daniel Munoz-De La Nava.
The fourth-seeded Li Na will play 2011 champion Petra Kvitova, who came from behind to beat Angelique Kerber 6-7 (3), 6-2, 6-3.
Serena Williams was relentlessly focussed against 2011 winner Petra Kvitova, hitting 27 winners and 11 immaculately delivered aces.
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