Andy Murray’s countrywoman, Laura Robson, will take on the Czech player Petra Kvitova in the second round of the ongoing Southern California Open.
Robson entered the second round with a tough win over the Japanese player Ayumi Morita. She was down by a set in that match, but, she showed great fighting spirit and eventually, managed to come on top.
This has been a great season for Robson so far. She has defeated some very good players off late and as a result, her world ranking has improved significantly. She wasn’t even in top 50 at the start of the season and at the moment she is at no. 32.
Even in the most recently played Grand Slam i.e. Wimbledon Championships, Robson had managed to make her way into the pre quarter final round where she got beaten by Kaia Kanepi of Estonia.
Kvitova, on the other hand, is way ahead of Robson as far as the ranking is concerned. She is currently ranked 7th in the world. She got a bye in the opening round. So, it’s going to be her first match in the event.
This hasn’t been a fruitful season so far for Kvitova. She has made a couple of quarter final appearances, but, she hasn’t played up to her potential at all and she herself would be aware of that.
In the Wimbledon Championships also, Kvitova’s performance was below par as she lost to a lower ranked Belgian player in the quarter finals.
Kvitova has played a total of 46 matches this season out of which she has won 31 and has lost 15.
Robson and Kvitova have played against each other once before and that match was surprisingly won by Robson. It was in the second round of the Australian Open this year. Kvitova would surely be looking to avenge that loss.