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Australian Open: Petra Kvitova shaken, Eugenie Bouchard stirred

Double Wimbledon champion Petra ousted by Australian Daria Gavrilova, while World No 4 Agnieszka Radwanska halts Canadian Eugenie's comeback

Melbourne: Two-time Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova was sent crashing out of the Australian Open yesterday by local hope Daria Gavrilova, while red-hot Agnieszka Radwanska halted the comeback of Canada's Eugenie Bouchard Wednesday in second the round.

Belarus' Petra Kvitova leaves the Margaret Court Arena after her 4-6, 4-6 defeat to Australia’s Daria Gavrilova yesterday
Belarus' Petra Kvitova leaves the Margaret Court Arena after her 4-6, 4-6 defeat to Australia’s Daria Gavrilova yesterday

Bouchard rebuilding
Bouchard, who is rebuilding her career after a head injury at the US Open last year, showed glimpses of her old form but could not match Pole Radwanska's ferocity at the Rod Laver Arena, with the Pole eventually prevailing 6-4, 6-2.

Radwanska, who this month eased above Maria Sharapova to be fourth on the world rankings, will now play either Monica Puig of Puerto Rico or Czech qualifier Kristyna Pliskova.

Canada's Eugenie Bouchard returns to Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska during their Australian Open second round match in Melbourne yesterday. Pic/AFP
Canada's Eugenie Bouchard returns to Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska during their Australian Open second round match in Melbourne yesterday. Pic/AFP

"I'm very happy with my game because getting Genie in the second round was not an easy match. She's playing much better and it was a great challenge. I'm happy I could play my best tennis," said Radwanska.

Meanwhile, Kvitova became the third top-10 player to flop here. The Czech sixth seed had no answers to a confident Gavrilova, who made a Grand Slam third round for the first time, winning 6-4, 6-4 on Margaret Court Arena.

Australian Daria Gavrilova and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska
Australian Daria Gavrilova and Poland's Agnieszka Radwanska

Top women toppled
Kvitova joined No 2 Simona Halep and No 8 Venus Williams on an early plane home after they lost in Round One. Former World No 1 Caroline Wozniacki was also an early casualty.

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