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Kvitova through to Pan Pacific Open third round

Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova beat Mandy Minella of Luxembourg at the Pan Pacific Open tennis tournament on Tuesday to stay on course for a potential quarter-final match against Maria Sharapova.
The 21-year-old Czech fifth seed, who defeated Sharapova in the final at the All England Lawn Tennis Club to win her first Grand Slam title in July, coasted to a 6-2, 6-3 victory to reach the third round.
Although Kvitova was on court for 65 minutes, she said she was still some way off her best form.
“My left-handed serve, it’s great. They (my opponents) have a problem sometimes,” said Kvitova.
“But I must improve my serve, because sometimes I have many double faults and not many percentage of first serves. I have still more to improve,” she added.
Before a possible match-up with Sharapova, Kvitova must beat American Vania King, the winner over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia 6-4, 7-6 (8/6).
Two-time champion Sharapova, who beat Tamarine Tanasugarn of Thailand 6-2, 7-5 on Monday, will play Julia Goerges after the German outclassed Greta Arn of Hungary 6-2, 6-1.
Earlier in the day, third seed Victoria Azarenka of Belarus eased aside Irina-Camelia Begu of Romania 6-1, 6-3 on the centre court to reach the third round.
“(I) always get a little bit nervous before the (first) match since the US Open. I had a good preparation, but playing matches is always different,” said the 22-year-old Azarenka.
“I didn’t play my best tennis today, but I played pretty good. I think I moved very well, so it was enough today. But definitely I need to step up,” she added.
In other second-round action, fourth seed Vera Zvonareva of Russia outplayed Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria 7-5, 6-0, while ninth seed Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland defeated Angelique Kerber of Germany 3-6, 6-3, 6-3.
Sixteenth seed Shahar Peer of Israel went down to Klara Zakopalova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-1.

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