Former World No.2 Petra Kvitova apologized to Ons Jabeur after her match, although she basically did nothing wrong by hitting the line several times. In the Cincinnati round of 16, Kvitova was looking for her shot and it paid off as she beat 2022 Wimbledon finalist Jabeur 6-1, 4-6, 6-0.
Kvitova did nothing illegal, but still felt the need to apologize to fifth-seeded Jabeur for hitting so many lines. «I was just going for it, so, I mean, you know my game is in and out. What can I say? It is like that,» Kvitova said after the win, according to WTA insiders.
«It’s still part of the court, so what can I do, right?»
Petra Kvitova on why she apologized so much to Ons Jabeur for touching so many lines today.
«I was just going for it, so, I mean, you know my game is in and out.
What can I say? It is so.
Kvitova edged Jabeur in three sets
Kvitova got off to a very fast start, claiming back-to-back breaks to open up an early 5-0 lead.
After serving game six to finally get on the board, Jabeur had two break points in a row in game seven, but she didn’t notice when Kvitova managed to serve out for the first set. After winning the first set, Kvitova had a break point to start the second set with a break as well, but she didn’t notice as Jabeur managed to avoid going down an early break.
Jabeur then earned her first break of the match in game two, but Kvitova rallied back when she broke the Tunisian in game seven. However, losing an early break in the second set did not affect Jabeur, who broke Kvitova again in the tenth game, when the two-time Wimbledon champion was serving to stay in the set.
After winning the second set and forcing a decider, Jabeur astonishingly collapsed when Kvitova bageled the Tunisian in the third set to seal victory in stunning style. It was the fifth meeting between the two. Kvitova has continued his dominance against Jabeur as he now leads their head-to-head 4-1.
Previously, Kvitova won the first three meetings against Jabeur before the Tunisian won their fourth meeting earlier this year in Sydney.