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Amanda Anisimova of the United States congratulates Petra Kvitova of Czech Republic

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ByAlex Chick
20/01/2019 at 01:16 | Updated 20/01/2019 at 04:47
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Petra Kvitova dealt a brutal smackdown to 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova, winning their Australian Open last-16 match 6-2 6-1.

The Czech veteran had too much power, mobility and court craft for her young adversary, who came in much-fancied after beating two seeds to reach the fourth round.

Kvitova needed just 59 minutes to take care of business breaking Anisimova five times while facing no break points on her own serve.

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Kvitova lost to Anisimova in Indian Wells in March of last year and said she was well aware of her opponent's talent.

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“I played much better than last year for sure," Kvitova said on Eurosport.

I knew it would be a tough match for me. Someone you have lost before it is always kind of difficult to play her again, but I started pretty well and nerves went a little bit out.

The two-time Grand Slam winner claimed the Sydney title earlier this month and hopes to return to her best level after a disappointing 2018.

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“I’m trying to continue my performance from Sydney and I feel good," she said. "It’s really important for me, I am really enjoying the time to be on the court and play tennis which is the main thing for me.

“It’s been a while to be in the second week and playing the quarter-final of a Grand Slam so I’m really enjoying it.”

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Left-hander Kvitova booked her first quarter-final appearance in Melbourne since her run to the 2012 semi-finals and first at a Grand Slam since the 2017 U.S. Open.

She will face Ashleigh Barty in the quarter-finals.

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