We should be used to it by now--Petra Kvitova struggles to do what she should do with relative ease, drops a set, and then (sometimes) finds a way to win. Today in Stuttgart, she dropped a tiebreak 0-7 against Annika Beck, and probably had to deal with more than she was expecting from the 19-year-old German. Kvitova had to work for the first set, which she won 7-5, and Beck won the second set 7-6. Early in the third set, Beck failed to convert a couple of break points, and that gave Kvitova just the bit of momentum she needed to get back on track.
Beck and Kvitova were on the court for almost two and a half hours, and Beck--though she lost--delivered a real challenge to the Czech star, breaking her five times, and running over her in the second set tiebreak.
Prior to that match, Mona Barthel lost in straight sets to Lucie Safarova. The German crowd had plenty to cheer for in Beck, but they could really cheer for Julia Goerges, who--though she beat Kirsten Flipkens via retirement (stomach illness)--nevertheless showed excellent form.
Jelena Jankovic continued her fine serving form with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Sam Stosur, and Carla Suarez Navarro defeated Caroline Wozniacki 7-6, 6-1. Fed Cup stand-outs Roberta Vinci and Ekaterina Makarova both lost their first round matches, but I'm going to give them both a pass because I believe they were both probably depleted of both mental and physical energy after their wonderful performances over the weekend. (Makarova, by the way, played for over two and a half hours against countrywoman Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.)