Published: Sun, June 24, 2018
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Muguruza loses in Birmingham 2nd round, Kvitova advances

Muguruza loses in Birmingham 2nd round, Kvitova advances

The young Australian won last week's Nature Valley Open title in Nottingham but ran out of steam against the able German and will now continue her Wimbledon preparations at next week's Nature Valley International in Eastbourne.

The experienced Strycova, a runner-up at this Edgbaston tournament in 2014 and 2016, picked up a double break early in the first set and eventually defeated the top seed with surprising ease in just under one and a half hours. I just like to play slice and serve- and-volley.

That was all we saw from the Aussie and Kvitova closed the set with a break at love in game eight, hoping for more of the same in the rest of the match.

Although Muguruza lost in Birmingham past year too, she played four useful warm-up matches against two this time.

Kvitova said: "I played Julia a couple times this year, but not on grass, probably never on grass".

Strycova reached the quarter-finals here for a third time and now plays Lesia Tsurenko, the unseeded Ukrainian who overcame sixth-seeded Daria Kasatkina 1-6, 6-3, 6-3.


The two-time former Wimbledon champion said: "I always feel happiness when I'm playing on the grass". "Sometimes you fight and get a reward". But then I came and it feels everything nice.

On a day that made a pleasant change from the clouds of the last two days, the wind did its best to discombobulate the players as defending champion Petra Kvitova took on Daria Gavrilova.

Gavrilova won their last two matchups being persistent and mobile enough to contain Kvitova's uncompromising hitting.

"My serve was a very big key today and it helped me a lot in the big moments".

The Czech next faces Julia Gorges or Nottingham Open victor Ashleigh Barty. "We hadn't played each other on this surface before".

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