| By New York Tennis Magazine Staff


Petra Kvitova notched a 7-5, 6-3 victory over China’s Yafan Wang to book her spot in the U.S. Open third round on Thursday, marking the seventh straight year the Czech has reached the Round of 32 in Flushing Meadows.

The sixth-seeded Kvitova fired 27 winners and broke on five of seven chances to push through in one hour and 47 minutes.

“It was a difficult match today with difficult conditions, and it was very hot on court,” said Kvitova. “There were moments when I lost myself in the first set, I was down and I tried to fight back, which I did and I’m very happy with that today.”

She moves on to play 26th seed Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus, who won 6-3, 7-6(7) over Russian qualifier Vera Zvonareva.

Naomi Osaka dropped just two games in a routine 6-2, 6-0 triumph over Israeli qualifier Julia Glushko. Osaka has now lost just seven games in her two victories so far at this year’s U.S. Open.

“I feel like I played better today than I played [in my last match]. For sure, I feel like I’m improving as the matches go on. I hope I see myself improve in the next match.”

That next match will be against Belarusian Aliaksandra Sasnovich, who upset 11th seed Daria Kasatkina 6-2, 7-6(3) to claim her spot in the third round.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus knocked out 11th seeded Daria Kasatkina on Thursday.