Czech Republic's Petra Kvitova returns to Ukranie's Kateryna Bondarenko during their London 2012 Olympic Games women's singles tennis match at the All England Tennis Club in Wimbledon, southwest London, on July 28, 2012. (credit: Martin Bernetti/AFP/Getty Images)
Former Wimbledon champ Petra Kvitova will meet Shuai Peng in the second round of this year’s Olympic tennis tournamentYou can watch and bet on ATP and WTA tennis throughout the season live for free at bet365 > live tennis
We nearly witnessed a big shock at the Olympic tennis competition on Saturday as 2011 Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova came close to falling at the first hurdle against Ukrainian outsider Kateryna Bondarenko. It’s clear that all the players are fired up about the opportunity to represent their nation at the Olympics, and even the best grass court players will be in for some tough early matches.
Having edged out a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 victory, the sixth seed can now look forward to a meeting with China’s Shuai Peng. Peng also endured a stern test in round one, as Hsieh Su-Wei pushed her deep into three sets. After two hours and 31 minutes, Peng was eventually able to clinch a dramatic 6-3, 6-7(3), 7-5 success.
This will be the first ever competitive meeting between Kvitova and Peng, and it promises to be an exciting one. Kvitova will need to put her nervy first round outing behind her, and if she can, she’ll be in control here. Given that Peng had a pretty disappointing 13-14 mark for 2012 heading into this tie, it seems unlikely that she’ll be able to oust Kvitova on the grassy lawns of the All-England Club.