Kvitova through at Rogers Cup

After breezing through the opening set, the 14th seed and 2012 winner had to fight back from 4-1 down in the second set before clinching a 6-1, 7-6(5) win.

Kvitova knew it would be tough having lost her last five matches to the Spaniard, but the Czech made a dream start, pressuring her opponent and smashing 15 winners as she claimed the first set.

Suárez Navarro fought back in the second, grabbing a break to lead 4-1 before Kvitova hit back to take the set to a tiebreak in which she eventually prevailed to take the match after an hour and 34 minutes.

“I feel pretty solid right now,” Kvitova said on-court after the win. “It was a great match in the second set, I really had to fight.”

“It was just one break down,” Kvitova said. “Every game we played in the second set was very close. I just tried to count the points and not really see the score.

“Then I found out I was back on my serve, and I just tried to stay on my serve and try to win the tiebreaker and wait for some of my chances.”

Kvitova will play American Sloane Stephens in the second round after she overcame Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva in three sets 7-6(4), 0-6, 4-6.

In other first round action, 11th seed Dominika Cibulkova defeated Lesia Tsurenko of Ukraine 7-6(3), 6-4, while Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko went out after a three set defeat by America’s Varvara Lepchenko 1-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(5).

Play was suspended in Venus Williams’ match against Irina Begu of Romania due to rain with the match poised at one set all, while Mirjana Lucic Baroni’s tie with Madison Keys was cancelled.

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