Petra Kvitova went out in the first round of Sydney today. Just like that. Kvitova was defeated 6-1, 6-1 by Dominika Cibulkova. A lot of top players get kicked around pretty badly by Cibulkova (who is an impressive number 15 in the world), for whom I have a lot of regard. But winning just two games and making 36 unforced errors (and going out early in the first two tournaments of the season) is not something we should see in Kvitova's match stats (if, indeed, we ever get to see them again).
We can all speculate about what's going on with the 2011 Wimbledon champion, but only Kvitova really knows what she needs to do to get her groove back. All her fans can do is cringe--and wait.
Caroline Wozniacki also advanced to the second round with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Urszula Radwanska, and Maria Kirilenko defeated Olivia Rogowska.