Tennis-Plucky Thai Kumkhum dumps Kvitova from Australian Open

MELBOURNE Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:56am GMT

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MELBOURNE Jan 13 (Reuters) - Thai world number 88 Luksika Kumkhum sprang the biggest upset of the Australian Open's first day by bundling out sixth seed Petra Kvitova 6-2 1-6 6-4 in front of a frenetic crowd on Monday.

Serving at 4-3 in the third set to stay in the match, former Wimbledon champion Kvitova double-faulted to give her plucky opponent a chance to seal the match on serve but the Thai wavered to hand the break back.

Roared on by a vociferous crowd at the Margaret Court Arena, 20-year-old Kumkhum attacked Kvitova's serve with abandon to raise two match points in the next game and calmly sealed it on the first of them when the Czech pushed a return wide.

Kumkhum next plays German Mona Barthel. (Reporting by Ian Ransom; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)

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