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WTA Adelaide International: Zheng sets up big-hitting battle against Kvitova

Qinwen Zheng defeated American Shelby Rogers 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 on Tuesday

Qinwen Zheng 2022 Toronto Qinwen Zheng (CHN) returns a ball to Rebecca Marino (CAN) (not pictured) at Sobeys Stadium. || AI / Reuters / Panoramic

Chinese qualifier Qinwen Zheng reached the last 16 of the WTA Adelaide International with a win over American lucky loser Shelby Rogers 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 at the Memorial Drive Tennis Park on Tuesday.

Zheng, ranked No 28 in the world, will play Czech Petra Kvitova, the No 12 seed, next in what promises to be a battle between two of the biggest hitters on the women’s tour

This will be the first meeting between the 20-year-old Zheng and 32-year-old Kvitova, who is a two-time Wimbledon champion.

The Czech left-hander has got off to a flying start in 2023, winning her first three matches of the season, including an upset victory over world No 3 Jessica Pegula at the United Cup last week.

Adelaide WTA 500, other first-round results (Memorial Drive Tennis Park, hard, USD 780,637, most recent results first):

  • Amanda Anisimova (LL) beat Liudmila Samsonova: 7-5, 6-3
  • Belinda Bencic (8) beat Garbine Muguruza (WC): 6-3, 6-4
  • Ekaterina Alexandrova beat Jaimee Fourlis (WC): 7-5, 6-3
  • Beatriz Haddad Maia (11) beat Sorana Cirstea (Q): 7-6 (5), 6-1
  • Danielle Collins (10) beat Karolina Pliskova (Q): 6-2, 6-4
  • Petra Kvitova beat Elena Rybakina: 6-3, 7-5
  • Jil Teichmann (Q) beat Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova: 7-5, 6-4
  • Anett Kontaveit vs. Paula Badosa
  • Kaia Kanepi vs. Storm Hunter
  • Victoria Azarenka vs. Veronika Kudermetova
  • Anastasia Potapova vs. Katerina Siniakova
  • Jelena Ostapenko vs. Anna Kalinskaya
  • Alison Riske-Amritraj vs. Barbora Krejcikova
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