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Madrid Open: Petra Kvitova beats Kristina Mladenovic
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Madrid Open: Petra Kvitova beats Kristina Mladenovic

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Reigning champion Petra Kvitova neutralised a late attack from France's Kristina Mladenovic to advance 6-3, 7-6 (7/5) into the third round of the Madrid Open on Monday.

The Czech second seed, chasing a fourth title on the Caja Magica clay, has now won her last five matches over qualifier Mladenovic in straight sets. "It was a pretty difficult match. I fought hard in the end and that's what counts," the winner said. Petra Kvitova took the opening set on a break and started the second set with another.

But Mladenovic broke back for 3-all and eventually forced the contest to a tiebreaker, which Kvitova captured.