Posted March 12, 2012 on AP on Fox
American teenager Christina McHale stunned Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova with a 2-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory in the night session of the PNB Paribas Open, which has seen several withdrawals because of illness. Gael Monfils of France, Jurgen Melzer of Austria and American Vania King each battled an intestinal virus that has sidelined at least a half-dozen players. Melzer did play his singles match but lost in straight sets before withdrawing from doubles. Vera Zvonareva also withdrew because of a virus, but reportedly her ailment was not the same one that afflicted the other players. Kvitova has been trying to overcome a virus she contracted while in the Middle East, and that manifested itself when she felt a loss of energy and movement after a good first set against the 19-year-old McHale ''I lost a little bit of my fitness so it was tough moving and having winners,'' she said. ''(McHale) was moving very well so she played a lot of shots back. (And) my serve...
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