🇫🇷 Roland Garros, R3 Preview 🇨🇿 (8) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇪🇪 (25) Anett Kontaveit
The pick of the third round matches on Friday at Roland Garros sees the 8th seeded Petra Kvitova take on the 25th seeded Anett Kontaveit in what should be an exciting encounter. Petra Kvitova is the form player on tour having now won 14 matches in a row after winning back-to-back titles in Prague and Madrid prior to arriving in Paris. Nevertheless, Kvitova will face a huge test against an in-form Kontaveit who has the weapons to trouble Petra.
Kvitova made a slow start to her Roland Garros campaign, the two-time Wimbledon champion was forced to come from a set down to defeat Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg, eventually claiming a 3-6 6-1 7-5 victory. The Czech was much more convincing in her second round victory as she stormed to a 6-1 6-4 victory over Lara Arruabarrena. Overall, it has been a good start for Petra as she has worked hard for victories over two very competent players on this surface.
Recent signs suggest that Kontaveit is ready to take the next step, this third round clash with Kvitova is the perfect chance for Kontaveit to take that next step and reach the third round in Paris for the first time. Kontaveit arrived in Paris on the back of an impressive run to the semi-finals in Rome but has had to dig deep in her first few matches at Roland Garros against far inferior opponents, a 6-1 4-6 6-2 win over Madison Brengle followed by a 7-5 6-2 win over Alexandra Dulgheru.
Kvitova holds a perfect 2-0 H2H record over Kontaveit, however, both of those matches were very close. The pair most recently met last month where Kvitova claimed a hard-fought 6-7 6-3 6-3 victory.
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Porsche Tennis Grand Prix, Stuttgart SF #2 Preview 🇨🇿 (5) Karolina Pliskova vs. 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit
Karolina Pliskova and Anett Kontaveit will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet in Saturday’s second semi-final for the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. Pliskova and Kontaveit both booked their spot in the semi-finals with hard-fought 3 set victories, both are match-hardened and full of confidence heading into this match. This looks like a great opportunity for both to reach their first final of 2018, both will see this as a winnable match, who will step up and grab this opportunity?
Karolina Pliskova has continued her incredibly consistent start to the season this week in Stuttgart. Pliskova has reached at least the quarter-final stage at 6 of the 7 events she has competed in this year, however she is yet to make it all the way to a final. Pliskova started her Stuttgart campaign with an impressive 6-2 6-2 demolition of Kiki Bertens before hitting 15 aces on route to a 7-6 6-3 win over Veronika Kudermetova. Pliskova booked her spot in the final 4 with a gutsy 5-7 7-5 6-4 win over Jelena Ostapenko. It is clear that Pliskova has improved her game on clay, especially her movement and ability to defend.
Anett Kontaveit arrived in Stuttgart with 4 consecutive losses to her name and seemingly very little confidence. The Estonian has been able to get over the line in a couple of tough matches this week and had a little fortune along the way to reach her first semi-final of the year. Kontaveit started the week with a 5-7 7-6 7-6 win over Kristina Mladenovic before benefiting from the retirement of Angelique Kerber it the second round. Kontaveit booked her spot in the final 4 via a marathon 3-hour 7-5 6-7 6-3 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Kontaveit has done well to get through 2 very tight matches this week.
It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out in what will be the first career meeting between the pair.
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A huge opportunity presents itself to Anett Kontaveit and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Friday. This is an interesting encounter between two players that have struggled in recent times, suddenly they find themselves with an opportunity to reach the semi-final stage of a big premier level event. Who will step up and make the most this opportunity?
Both Kontaveit and Pavlyuchenkova received a stroke of luck in their second round matches in Stuttgart yesterday as both benefited from the retirement of their more fancied opposition. Kontaveit raced to a 6-0 2-0 lead before Angelique Kerber was forced to retire whilst Pavlyuchenkova won a right opening set 7-5 over Garbine Muguruza before the Spaniard retired.
Both claimed meaningful victories in the opening round. Kontaveit snapped a 4-match losing streak to beat Kristina Mladenovic 5-7 7-6 7-6 whilst Pavlyuchenkova claimed her biggest win of the year as she beat Madison Keys 7-6 5-7 6-4.
The H2H record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Kontaveit upset Pavlyuchenkova at the second round stage of the U.S Open in 2015, a 7-5 6-4 win. More recently it was Pavlyuchenkova who beat the Estonian 6-4 6-4 at Indian Wells last year.
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Angelique Kerber continues her Stuttgart campaign on Thursday evening with a second round clash against Estonia’s Annett Kontaveit. Kerber kick-started her Stuttgart campaign with an impressive straight set win over Petra Kvitova, avenging her loss to the Czech star just a few days ago at the Fed Cup semi-final stage. The 2016 Stuttgart champion will look to build momentum and push towards another title with a victory over Kontaveit.
Kerber produced a near-flawless performance in the opening round as she cruised past Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-2. It was a big win for Kerber who would have been bitterly disappointed with her efforts on the weekend as she was beaten by Karolina Pliskova and Kvitova in straight sets as Germany lost to the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup semi-final. As expected Kerber came out breathing fire against Kvitova, clearly she was desperate for revenge and she got just that, in commanding fashion.
Anett Kontaveit was less convincing in her opening round win but her victory was extremely important. Kontaveit claimed a hard-fought 5-7 7-6 7-6 win over Kristina Mladenovic to snap a 4-match losing streak. It was a match that lasted over 3 hours, a dramatic, topsy-turvy encounter between two players that have not been in good form of late. It was a match full of errors and missed chances but to Kontaveit’s credit, it was the Estonian who was slightly tougher in the critical moments.
Interestingly it was Kontaveit who won the only previous match between the pair. A 6-4 6-0 demolition in Rome last year. At that time it was Kontaveit who was in career best form whilst Kerber was in a slump, heading into their Stuttgart clash it is Kerber who is in great form and Kontaveit who is in a slump.
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🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, R1 Preview 🇪🇪 Annett Kontaveit vs 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova
Petra Kvitova enters the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Championships as the form player in the draw. Kvitova will begin her Dubai campaign on Tuesday with an opening round clash against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. Kvitova is on a 13-match winning streak having won back-to-back titles in St. Petersburg and Doha. Kvitova has beaten 5 top 10 players in the last couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see if Kvitova can carry that from into Dubai or will she run out of steam?
Annett Kontaveit arrives in Dubai in totally contrasting form to Kvitova. Kontaveit was thrashed by Alize Cornet in the opening round in Doha last week, beaten 2-6 1-6. Prior to that Kontaveit was involved in Estonia’s unsuccessful bid to reach the Fed Cup world group 2 playoffs. A disappointing few weeks for Kontaveit after a positive round of 16 result at the Australian Open last month.
Petra Kvitova is back to her best. The former Dubai champion is on a 13-match winning streak after displaying blistering tennis to win the Qatar Total Open last week. Kvitova came through an extremely tough draw to win her 22nd career title. Kvitova’s route to the title included wins over Radwanska, Svitolina, Goerges, Wozniacki and Muguruza. Petra came from a set down on 3 occasions, against Radwanska in the second round where she was down a set and a break and the same scenario against Wozniacki in the semi-final. Kvitova clinched the title with a hard-fought 3-6 6-3 6-4 win over Garbine Muguruza.
It was Kvitova who won the only previous match between the pair, a 1-6 7-6 6-3 victory
Australian Open 🇦🇺 R3 Preview
🇱🇻 (7) Jelena Ostapenko vs 🇪🇪 (32) Anett Kontaveit
A blockbuster third round match-up at Melbourne Park on Friday sees the 7th seeded Jelena Ostapenko take on the 32nd seeded Anett Kontaveit. Ostapenko and Kontaveit will both be aiming to reach the second week at the Australian Open for the first time. These two know each other well, the pair grew up on the junior circuit together and actually played doubles together at the ITF level years back. This will be the first tour level meeting between the pair of big hitters. Who will prevail?
Jelena Ostapenko cruised through her opening round match in Melbourne, defeating Francesca Schiavone 6-1 6-4 in what was the first match played on Rod Laver Arena at this year’s event. The reigning Roland Garros champion was forced to work much harder for her second round win, fighting her way past Ying-Ying Duan with a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win. Ostapenko blasted 35 winners past Duan which included 10 aces. Ostapenko’s composure under pressure was the difference, especially at the end of the third set where she served very well.
Anett Kontaveit arrived in Melbourne in poor form but has done very well to reach the third round stage at Melbourne Park for the first time. Kontaveit had not previously won a main draw match at Melbourne Park. The Estonian started the event with a hard-fought 6-4 7-5 win over an in-form Aleksandra Krunic before securing her spot in the third round with a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win over Barthel. Kontaveit was quite streaky in both matches but she played enough good tennis to get through on each occasion.
This will be the first tour level meeting between the pair.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich is one of two qualifiers to advance to the second round at the Brisbane International. Sasnovich has shown good fighting qualities to reach this stage, coming form behind in her two recent matches. The Belarussian will continue her campaign in Brisbane on Wednesday when she comes up against the big-hitting Estonian Anett Kontaveit. Sasnovich’s biggest test of the tournament thus far.
Anett Kontaveit made a very positive start to her 2018 campaign with a dominant 6-0 6-3 victory over Heather Watson. Kontaveit was originally scheduled to play Petra Kvitova, but the Czech star was forced to withdraw from the event due to a viral illness. Kontaveit put on a serving clinic, winning 83% of behinds behind her first serve and did not face a break point all match.
Aliaksandra Sasnovich has already won 4 matches in Brisbane having come through the qualifying draw. Sasnovich cruised through her opening two matches in the qualifying draw against Boserup and Wallace. Sasnovich came from a set down against Monova to secure her spot in the main draw. The 23-year-old secured her spot in the second round with a 1-6 6-3 7-5 win over Kristina Mladenovic. Sasnovich condemned Mladenovic to her 13th consecutive loss, it was a diligent performance by Sasnovich who improved as the match wore on.
Anett Kontaveit holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Sasnovich and has won their two most recent matches on a hard court including a tight 3 set win at the semi-final stage in Biel last year.
Ladies Championship, Gstaad, 🇨🇭🏔️🏆 Final Preview (2) 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens vs (3) 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit
Sunday’s final at the Ladies Championship, Gstaad presented by IXION Services promises to be a thriller when 2016 runner-up Kiki Bertens takes on a red-hot Anett Kontaveit. Kiki Bertens has been one of the most consistent performers on a clay court on the WTA tour over the last few years, Bertens has amassed a 47/11 win/loss record on the surface since the start of last year and will be eager to go one step better in Gstaad and win the title on Sunday. In her way is Anett Kontaveit, the Estonian is in the form of her career as she enters Sunday’s final having won 17 of her last 20 matches. Both players have some impressive numbers by their name heading into what should be an extremely close final in Gstaad, it looks very difficult to separate the pair heading into this match.
Ladies Championship, Gstaad, 🇨🇭🏔️ Semi-Final Preview SF #1: (3) 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit vs 🇨🇿 Tereza Martincova
Anett Kontaveit has continued her winning ways in Gstaad. Kontaveit is in the best form of her career having won 16 of her last 19 matches. Kontaveit won her first title in s-Hertogenbosch last month and will now have career title number 2 in her sight. Kontaveit will be a strong favourite heading into her semi-final clash against young Czech Tereza Martincova on Saturday. Martincova will be aiming to reach her first WTA tour level final.
Anett Kontaveit and Carina Witthoeft will go head-to-head in an interesting quarter-final clash in Gstaad between two of the tours exciting young prospects. Kontaveit and Witthoeft have both shown glimpses of what they are capable of throughout 2017, particularly Kontaveit who has been in superb form over the last couple of months. The Estonian has won both of the previous matches between the pair and her recent form suggests she should be able to maintain her perfect record over the German on Friday in Gstaad.