World No. 6 Petra Kvitova powered into the new season with a comprehensive win over Anabel Medina Garrigues as the Czech Republic completed a clean sweep of Spain at the mixed-team Hopman Cup on Sunday.
Kvitova was far too good for Medina Garrigues, who won the tournament with Fernando Verdasco earlier this year but battled knee soreness against the 2011 Wimbledon champion in their singles clash.
From the outset, Kvitova simply had too much power for the veteran Spaniard, ranked 100th, and she dropped just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 rout that took less than an hour.
No sweat for Stepanek
Radek Stepanek, then secured the Group B tie for the Czechs with an easy win over Daniel Munoz-De La Nava.
The Czechs also won the mixed doubles.
Stepanek, 35, had no problems with Munoz-De La Nava, winning 6-2, 6-2 in 78 minutes.
Ranked 194th in the world compared to Stepanek’s 44, Munoz-De La Nava was a late call-up for the Hopman Cup, when countryman Tommy Robredo pulled out just 24 hours before the event with an arm injury.
The Czechs completed a 3-0 win in the tie when they cruised through the mixed doubles, winning 6-3, 6-4.
The results: Group B: Czech Republic bt Spain 3-0 (Petra Kvitova bt Anabel Medina Garrigues 6-1, 6-0; Radek Stepanek bt Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 6-2, 6-2; Kvitova & Stepanek bt Medina Garrigues & Munoz-De La Nava 6-3 6-4. — AFP