Kvitova impresses in Birmingham

Seventh seed Petra Kvitova put on an impressive display in her straight set win at the Birmingham Classic on Wednesday to reach the quarter-finals. 

The two-time grand slam winner needed just an hour on the grass courts of the English city to ease past Naomi Broady 6-2, 6-2.

Kvitova crunched 25 winners and didn't face a breakpoint the entire match, while getting four breaks herself.

However, the Czech did feel show some discomfort as she is still recovering from a hand injury she suffered when a burglar stabbed her in her home last year. 

"When I started playing (again) we had a discussion with the coach as to whether I should change something – a bigger grip, or a softer grip," Kvitova said after the match.
"But I decided I don't want to change anything. It's still improving. I am missing a few things, but I am getting there. It could take six months or a year. No one can tell how long it will take."

Elsewhere, Ashleigh Barty knocked out eighth seed Barbora Strycova 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 and ninth seed Daria Gavrilova battled past Katerina Siniakova 7-5, 2-6, 6-4.