No. 3 seed and three-time Connecticut Open champion, Petra Kvitova, who was hoping to get in enough action as preparation for the US Open, was stunned 6-2, 6-1 by Shuai Zhang of China in the first round of the Connecticut Open on Monday night.
Kvitova in her post-match interview said, “I didn’t play my best, but it’s great
to be back. I love the crowd here.” Kvitova further stated, “she (Zhang) played great tonight and when she is up she is very tough. I tried different things, different slices and volleys, but nothing worked and it was tough.
“I could have done better, but I’m still not 100 percent. I’m not really close to where I want to be. I knew coming back it would be tough, but I didn’t realize how much you miss when you don’t play.”
Kvitova had been out of tennis action for about six months after she was slashed on her left hand by a knife-wielding intruder last December.
Zhang who was in great mood after the match talked about her victory and said she trusts Kvitova will do great at the US Open. “I served well and I returned well. I was happy to see Petra come back and be healthy. She will do great at the US Open.”
Zhang is through to the second round at New Haven for the first time, and she will play 25 year old Magda Linette.