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McHale backed up her 2011 win over Caro with a huge one over Kvitova


FROM THE BNP PARIBAS OPEN AT INDIAN WELLS- After a rapid first set that saw Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova hit through and around her and only drop one point with her tricky lefty serve, it looked like that U.S. teenager Christina McHale might be shown the door early. But if nothing else, the scrappy and quiet girl from New Jersey is incredibly resilient and an hour and a half later she had shocked the tall Czech 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 for the one of the greatest victories of her young career.

McHale had come into WTA Premier mandatory event seeded for the first time and has already made the most of it: yes Kvitova is still sick post her bout with virus that she caught in the middle east; and could not crack in a serve more than 100 mph and or keep her usually lethal forehand in check in the last two sets, but McHale showed off terrific counterpunching ability, and served tremendously well, hitting one serve winner after another down the tee, once that reached 113 mph.

She dug in after the first set and began to extend the Czech point after point until the strength began to leave Kvitova

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