Sloane Stephens Upsets 2-Time Champion Petra Kvitova at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 R1

Top-seed upsets continue at the day one of Wimbledon Championships 2021. With Stefanos Tsitsipas already bowing out on the men’s side, it was the turn of Petra Kvitova to lose out against the American Sloane Stephens in the first-round.

In the pre-tournament presser, the former world number mentioned that there was a foot injury which was subsided after basic treatment. Even though Kvitova’s movement wasn’t compromised in today’s matchup against Stephens, the Czech player struggled to find top gear right from the start.

Sloane Stephens Upsets 2-Time Champion Petra Kvitova at the Wimbledon Championships 2021 R1
Tennis – Wimbledon – All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, London, Britain – June 28, 2021 Sloane Stephens of the U.S. in action during her first round match against Czech Republic’s Petra Kvitova REUTERS/Paul Childs

Margins are a lot closer on grass, especially on serve. Stephens maintained an aggressive first-serve which gave her a lot of free points. On the other hand, Kvitova’s first serve win percentage was just 66 compared to the American, who won 77% of her points on the serve.

Kvitova couldn’t do much on the break points either as the American was able to hold her service games exceptionally well under pressure. The Czech player didn’t play a bad match at all. Just like the Tsitsipas-Tiafoe match, Kvitova faced a better opponent for her first-round match.

Stephens, who gets about her business without any fuss, did the same today against Petra Kvitova. She didn’t provide any opportunity for the former world number to use her dominant lefty forehand and used her first serves to good effect.

Coming to Kvitova, this was an unfortunate defeat as Sloane Stephens was usually not a first-round opponent one expects to face. Owing to her below-par season so far and the minimal gap between the French Open and Wimbledon, the Czech player couldn’t find enough time to make the change from clay to grass.

 

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