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MELBOURNE: Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was sent 6: 4: 1: 6: 6: 1 from the Australian Open on Wednesday after losing to Romanian Sorana Cirstea in the second round

Kvitova took the 2-0 lead but couldn’t hide her mistakes as Cirstea converted any of her three breakpoint opportunities to win the first set

Kvitova, who finished second at Melbourne Park two years ago, showed glimpses of her powerful ball stroke as she took a 4-0 lead in the second set before closing the match when Cirstea gave her a third break with a tame double fault

However, Cirstea turned the tables in the last set and took the win on her third match point when Kvitova hit a long forehand

“I was one of the few in tough quarantine I find it impressive to come out of 15 days without hitting a ball and competing the way I did today I wasn’t expecting it, “said Cirstea, who will next face the Czech Marketa Vondrousova


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