ST. PETERSBURG, Russia (AP) Petra Kvitova advanced to the second round of the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy on Wednesday, and Caroline Garcia was eliminated.
Kvitova, playing as a wild-card entry, beat Elena Vesnina 6-2, 6-0. The two-time Wimbledon champion will next play Irina-Camelia Begu.
Kvitova landed just 51 percent of her first serves, but was strong on the second serve as Vesnina failed to make an impact.
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Garcia, ranked seventh in the world, lost to Russian qualifier Elena Rybakina 4-6, 7-6 (6), 7-6 (5).
Rybakina will next face either Julia Goerges or Roberta Vinci in the quarterfinals.
Last year’s French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko outplayed Russian veteran Vera Zvonareva to reach the quarterfinals, winning 7-6 (6), 6-3. She’ll play the winner of the match between Kvitova and Begu.
In an all-Russian first-round match, sixth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova lost 6-4, 6-4 to compatriot Ekaterina Makarova. Eighth-seeded Daria Kasatkina reached the quarterfinals with ease, beating Alize Cornet 6-2, 6-1.