Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova was dumped out of the AEGON International this morning by Russian Ekaterina Makarova.
The Czech Kvitova was far from her best which last year guided her to the final here before a Wimbledon triumph.
The first set was tight with both breaking each other’s serve. Kvitova then surrendered the eighth game from 15-30 down with two double faults which made it 4-4.
She then broke back to lead 5-4 before Makarova won the next three to take it 7-5.
At 1-0 up in the second, Kvitova had a chance to break at 15-40 but couldn’t capitalise and was soon 4-2 down.
Kvitova then seemed to be right back in the contest when she fought back to 5-4, but her next service game was broken by Makarova who took the second set 6-4.
Kvitova was critical of her game after six double faults. She said, “I didn’t play well. For me, it was the first game on the grass and I didn’t expect too much.”
On her serving she said, “It could have been better. I did some double faults but on the important points I did some aces. I need to work hard to improve my game for Wimbledon.”