WTA BNP Paribas Open: Petra Kvitova beats Olga Govortsova despite 10 double faults
Petra Kvitova served 10 double faults as she struggled to a three-set victory over Olga Govortsova at Indian Wells.
Last Updated: 09/03/13 8:17am
The former Wimbledon champion served a whopping 10 double faults in her second round match but still managed to emerge with a 6-4 3-6 6-3 victory.
Blustery conditions at Indian Wells made it a difficult serving proposition and the Cezch star certainly found it tough to find her range at times.
The 2011 Wimbledon champion arrived in California on the back of a victory in Dubai but was hardly impressive during her two-hour and 20-minute slog.
Next up in the joint WTA and ATP event for Kvitova will be faces Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko, who downed Kazakhstan's Yaroslava Shvedova 6-1 3-6 6-1.
Second seed Maria Sharapova had no such problems as she powered on with a 6-2 6-1 victory over Francesca Schiavone, while third seed Agnieszka Radwanska beat Maria Sanchez by the same margin.
Marion Bartoli, Roberta Vinci and Dominika Cibulkova also registered a straight-sets wins.
Bartoli, the No 9 seed, beat Chanelle Scheepers 6-3 6-3, 14th-ranked Vinci overcame Ksenia Pervak 6-3 6-4 and No 12 seed Cibulkova toppled Simona Halep 7-5 7-6 (7-3).
However fellow seeds Sara Errani, Maria Kirilenko and Klara Zakopalova were forced to dig deep before advancing.
Sixth seed Errani survived a second-set wobble to beat Lourdes Dominguez Lino 6-2 3-6 6-3, 13th-ranked Kirilenko recovered to see off Christina Mchale 4-6 6-4 6-1, while No 19 seed Zakopalova edged out Shahar Peer 6-7 (7-2) 6-2 6-3.
It wasn't all plain sailing for the ranked players, though, with 18th seed Jelena Jankovic losing 0-6 6-2 7-5 to Svetlana Kuznetsova, while No 31 seed Yaroslava Shvedova and 26th ranked Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova also bowed out.