'Tough to watch': Petra Kvitova in 'awful' scenes at Australian Open

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Petra Kvitova, pictured here in action at the Australian Open.
Petra Kvitova crashed out of the Australian Open in the first round. Image: Getty

Tennis fans were left gutted on Tuesday when veteran favourite Petra Kvitova crashed out of the Australian Open in the first round.

The Czech 20th seed, a finalist in Melbourne in 2019, was blown away 6-2 6-2 by Romanian Sorana Cirstea on John Cain Arena.

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The former Wimbledon champion produced a staggering 39 unforced errors with just seven winners, bowing out in 71 minutes.

It continued a mixed record at Melbourne Park for the two-time Wimbledon winner.

Kvitova has now bowed out of a grand slam in the first round 11 times – with four of those coming at the Australian Open.

Sorana Cirstea, pictured here during her clash with Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open.
Sorana Cirstea reacts during her clash with Petra Kvitova at the Australian Open. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Getty Images)

The 31-year-old Cirstea also beat Kvitova at the Australian Open last year in the second round.

"Sorana likes my game," Kvitova admitted after the match.

"She just goes for it and feels comfortable. She enjoys my pace.

"It's tough for her when she faces defensive players. My game is still there. I need matches".

Fans and commentators felt for Kvitova after the 'awful' drubbing.

"Just really tough to watch Petra Kvitova at the moment," tweeted French journalist Tumaini Carayol.

"Even when she is just trying to put the ball in court, her shots are flying 4ft beyond the baseline."

Garbina Muguruza cruises into second round

There were no such issues for Garbine Muguruza on Tuesday as the Spaniard stretched her Australian Open round one win streak to 10 by comfortably getting past Clara Burel.

The World No.3 has never lost in the opening round at Melbourne Park and in 2020 carried that form right through to the final before she fell to American Sofia Kenin.

Two-time grand slam winner overpowered World No.77 Burel 6-3 6-4 to underline her credentials as an Open heavyweight.

She was a quarter-finalist in 2017 while last year she lost in three sets to eventual champion Naomi Osaka in the fourth round.

Muguruza also comes into the tournament having captured the WTA Finals title in Guadalajara to end the year ranked third, which was her highest ranking since July 2018

While the scoreline appeared one-sided, Muguruza didn't have it all her own way against the 20-year-old Burel.

She was unable to serve out the match at 5-3 in the second set but hit back immediately to wrap up the victory soon after.

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