Petra Kvitova vs. Karolina Pliskova, Singapore RR Preview

WTA Finals Singapore, White Group match preview
🇨🇿 (4) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇨🇿 (7) Karolina Pliskova

Fed Cup teammates Petra Kvitova and Karolina Pliskova will go head-to-head in Thursday’s first match from the white group. Kvitova has lost her first two matches this week whilst Pliskova has 1 win and 1 loss to her name. Nevertheless, both Kvitova and Pliskova still have a chance of progressing to the semi-finals, so everything is to play for here. Kvitova has a perfect 3-0 record over Pliskova but it is Pliskova who has generally been in the better form of late, can Pliskova finally secure her first win over Pliskova?

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in action during her second match at the 2018 WTA Finals tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova has been one of the biggest disappointments of the tournament. Kvitova lost her first match of the week to Elina Svitolina in straight sets before succumbing to Caroline Wozniacki in 3 sets. Kvitova often went for too much in her loss to Svitolina and seemingly tried too hard to reverse that as she was often too passive against Wozniacki. It was strange to see Kvitova willing to get into rallies with Wozniacki and frequently not attack short ball, that tactic backfired and now leaves Kvitova requiring a straight set win here and then relying on Svitolina beating Wozniacki in the next match to progress to the semi-finals.

Karolina Pliskova made a positive start to her third consecutive WTA Finals campaign with a straight set win over defending champion Caroline Wozniacki. However, Pliskova was unable to get over the line against Elina Svitolina in her next match, succumbing in 3 sets. Pliskova admitted after the match that she felt tired after all her recent matches and travels. Pliskova will need to rebound strongly and find more energy if she is to defeat a desperate Petra Kvitova for the first time in her career.

Kvitova enters this match with a perfect 3-0 head-to-head record over Pliskova. The most recent match between the pair took place in Madrid earlier this year, Kvitova won that match 7-6 6-3. Interestingly Kvitova has gone on to win the title every time she has beaten Pliskova.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Petra Kvitova, Singapore RR Preview

WTA Finals Singapore, White Group match preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇨🇿 (4) Petra Kvitova

Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova both suffered first-up defeats in Singapore and will enter this match desperate for victory to maintain a realistic hope of progressing to the semi-finals. Wozniacki and Kvitova are both former champions at this event but both made poor starts on Sunday with straight set defeats thanks to uncharacteristically poor performances. Who will rebound with a victory here?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in acton during her first match at the 2018 WTA Finals tennis tournament

Caroline Wozniacki arrived in Singapore on a high after winning the China Open in her most recent event. However, Wozniacki made a very disappointing start to her title defense at the WTA Finals, the Dane was comprehensively beaten by Karolina Pliskova 2-6 4-6. Wozniacki’s inability to take her chances was key to her loss, Wozniacki had 10 chances to break the Pliskova serve but did not take any of them.

Petra Kvitova’s sluggish start in Singapore was less surprising. Kvitova entered the tournament on the back of several early exits and has reportedly been struggling with illness during the Asian swing. Kvitova came up against a fired-up Elina Svitolina and was unable to consistently produce a high enough level to hit through the rock-solid Ukrainian, succumbing 3-6 3-6. Kvitova is the type of player that can never be dismissed, don’t rule out a drastic form reversal in her next match.

Kvitova enters this match with a 8-5 head-to-head record over Wozniacki. Kvitova has won the last 4 meetings between the pair dating back to 2015. The most recent match between the pair took place at the semi-final stage in Doha earlier this year, Kvitova won that match 3-6 7-6 7-5 on route to winning the title.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Elina Svitolina, Singapore RR Preview

WTA Finals Singapore, White Group match preview
🇨🇿 (4) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇺🇦 (6) Elina Svitolina

The 2018 WTA Finals Singapore begins on Sunday evening with a white group clash between Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina. Kvitova heads into this match as the favourite, mostly thanks to her dominant 7-1 head-to-head record over Svitolina. However, Svitolina is never a pushover and will fancy her chances against a potentially rusty Kvitova. Can Svitolina start the tournament with an upset victory?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic during practice ahead of the 2018 WTA Finals tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova will be competing in Singapore for the first time since her runner-up finish in 2015. Kvitova has had an outstanding season having won 5 titles. However, Kvitova has not found her best tennis in the biggest events, Kvitova had only won 2 matches at Grand Slam events in 2018, the WTA finals presents itself as a shot at redemption as the largest tournament outside the Grand Slam events. Kvitova has won this tournament before, back in 2011 in Istanbul.

Elina Svitolina’s form has really dropped away in the second half of the season so she too has a point to prove in Singapore. Svitolina’s results during the Asian swing were very poor by her usual standards, opening round defeats in Wuhan and Beijing highlighted her recent misery. Svitolina will be competing in Singapore for the second time, she made her tournament debut last year where she failed to get through the group stage.

Kvitova holds a 7-1 record over Svitolina and has won the last 7 matches between the pair, a surprisingly dominant record given how tough Svitolina usually is to beat. Indeed, Kvitova has dominated Svitolina like no other player has been able to do, 6 of Kvitova’s wins over Svitolina were in straight sets including a 6-4 7-5 win in Doha earlier this year in their most recent match.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Agnieszka Radwanska, New Haven R1 Preview

🇺🇸 Connecticut Open, New Haven R1 Preview
🇨🇿 (3) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska

Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska will renew hostilities when they meet at the opening round stage of the Connecticut Open in New Haven on Monday evening. Kvitova and Radwanska are both former champions in New Haven, both are well suited to the relatively quick hard courts. This is always an interesting match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles, power vs. finesse, which prevails?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action during the semi-final at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova has made a fairly good start to her North American hard court swing. Kvitova arrives in New Haven fresh off a semi-final showing in Cincinnati. Kvitova claimed some big victories in Cincinnati, most notably a significant opening round triumph over Serena Williams. The week did however end in disappointment as Petra lost her semi-final from a set up against Kiki Bertens. Kvitova had not previously lost in a semi-final or final in 2018.

Agnieszka Radwanska’s ranking continues to tumble as she plays less and less matches. Radwanska uncharacteristically started her North American hard court swing late, Radwanska skipped San Jose and Montreal before suffering a first round exit in Cincinnati last week at the hands of Karolina Pliskova. Radwanska has been dealt another tough draw in New Haven and will be desperate for a win or she will heads to New York deprived of confidence.

These two have a long history. It is Kvitova who holds a 7-5 H2H record over Radwanska. Radwanska has won 4 of the last 6 meetings between the pair, However Kvitova did claim a 6-7 6-3 6-4 victory in their most recent match in Doha earlier this year. This is a tough match-up for both as both have strengths to challenge the strengths of their opponent.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Kateryna Bondarenko, Eastbourne R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R2 Preview
🇨🇿 (3) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇺🇦 Kateryna Bondarenko

Petra Kvitova arrives in Eastbourne as the form player on tour. Kvitova is fresh from defending her title in Birmingham and begins her Nature Valley International campaign with a second round clash against Ukrainian qualifier Kateryna Bondarenko.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova is having an outstanding season and is the favourite heading into Wimbledon next week. Kvitova has already won 5 titles, and is a perfect 5 from 5 in finals, making her overall record in finals a superb 25-7. It was a great week for Kvitova in Birmingham, dropping just 1 set on route to the title. Kvitova has won 18 of her last 19 matches, it is fair to say that her best tennis right now is better than anyone else on tour.

Bondarenko is already having a good week in Eastbourne. The Ukrainian easily defeated Katie Swan and Ana Konjuh in the qualifying draw before battling from a set down to defeat Alize Cornet in the opening ground of the main draw. Bondarenko has beaten Kvitova in the past and will fancy her chances of an upset.

Kvitova holds a 3-2 head-to-head advantage over Bondarenko. The Czech has won the last two matches between the pair, most recently a commanding 6-2 6-2 in Stanford last year.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Magdalena Rybarikova, Birmingham Final Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham Final Preview
🇨🇿 (4) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova

Sunday’s final in Birmingham will be a battle between two former champions as the fourth seeded Petra Kvitova takes on Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova. Kvitova is the defending champion in Birmingham whilst Rybarikova won the title in Birmingham back in 2009. Kvitova enters this match as a strong favourite but Rybarikova has a brilliant recent record on grass and is not without a hope of causing an upset. Who will win a second Birmingham title?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action during the quarter-final at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova will be playing for a 5th title in 2018, an incredible effort at this stage of the season. Kvitova’s record in finals is simply outstanding, Kvitova has a 24/7 W/L record in finals and has won her last 6 finals dating back to 2016. The two-time Wimbledon champion has been in ominous form this week, cruising into the final without dropping a set. Kvitova recorded comfortable wins over Johanna Konta, Daria Gavrilova, Julia Goerges and Mihaela Buzarnescu on route to the final.

Magdalena Rybarikova will be aiming to win her 5th career title at the very venue that she won her first WTA title way back in 2009. Rybarikova has not won a WTA title since Washington in 2013 but is playing some of the best tennis of her career at the moment. The Slovakian’s most impressive win was in the opening round where she thrashed Karolina Pliskova before fighting from a set down to beat Kristina Mladenovic. Rybarikova secured her spot in her first final of 2018 with straight set wins over Dalila Jakupovic and Barbora Strycova.

The pair have only met on one previous occasion at the WTA tour level. A 6-4 6-2 win for Kvitova in the New Haven final in 2014.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Julia Goerges, Birmingham QF Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham QF Preview
🇨🇿 (4) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇩🇪 (5) Julia Goerges

A blockbuster quarter-final in Birmingham sees the 4th seeded Petra Kvitova come up against the 5th seeded Julia Goerges. Kvitova has had the better of Goerges in recent times having won the last 4 matches between the pair, including 3 matches in 2018. Nevertheless, Goerges enters this match on high after a big win over Ash Barty in the previous round, can the German finally get the better of Kvitova?

Julia Goerges of Germany in action during the second round at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova had made a commanding start to the grass court swing. Petra has breezed through her first few matches, a 6-3 6-4 win over Johanna Konta followed by a 6-2 6-2 demolition of Daria Gavrilova. Kvitova is arguably the form player on tour right now having won 15 of her last 16 matches, the 2-time former Wimbledon champion is arguably the tour’s most dangerous player on grass.

Julia Goerges caused a big upset in the second round where she claimed a 7-6 6-3 victory over the in-form Ash Barty. Goerges incredibly saved 7 set points in the opening set, luck was certainly on her side at the end of the opening set before she ran away with the match in the second set. The German claimed a 6-4 6-4 win over Maria Sakkari in the opening round.

Kvitova holds a 5-1 head-to-head record over Goerges. The most recent match between the pair was in a Fed Cup tie earlier this year on an indoor clay court in Stuttgart, a 6-3 6-2 victory. This will be their first career meeting on a grass court.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Daria Gavrilova, Birmingham R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham R2 Preview
🇨🇿 (4) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova

Petra Kvitova continues her title defense in Birmingham on Thursday with a potentially tricky second round clash against Australia’s Daria Gavrilova. The two-time Wimbledon champion is currently the favourite heading into Wimbledon and will look to build her form/confidence on the grass over the next couple of weeks. Gavrilova looms as a good test for Petra given the Aussie has won their two most recent matches.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Kvitova kick-started her title defense in style in Birmingham as she came through a very tough opening round match-up unscathed, a 6-3 6-4 victory over British number 1 Johanna Konta. It was an impressive performance from Kvitova in her first match on grass in 2018, especially considering she was coming up against a battle hardened opponent who reached the finals in Nottingham a few days ago.

Gavrilova advanced to the second round in Birmingham with a hard-fought 6-3 7-6 victory over Dominika Cibulkova. Grass is a surface that Gavrilova has little experience on, a surface that is not really suited to the Aussie’s game. Nevertheless, Gavrilova does have a versatile game and has had success on quick hard courts in the past.

Gavrilova holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Kvitova. Gavrilova has won the two most recent matches between the pair, both in 2016. A 6-4 6-4 win at the Australian Open and a 6-3 6-4 win in Madrid. This will be their first meeting on grass, a surface heavily suits Kvitova.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Johanna Konta, Birmingham R1 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham R1 Preview
🇨🇿 (4) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta

The pick of the opening round matches at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham sees defending champion: Petra Kvitova take on Britain’s number 1: Johanna Konta. This is a tough match for Kvitova to start her title defense in Birmingham, Konta brings good form into this event having reached the final in Nottingham last week. This should be an exciting encounter between two players that excel on the grass, who will prevail?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic practices at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

It was in Birmingham 12 months ago where Kvitova won her first title after that terrible home invasion incident. Petra has not looked back since then, the 2-time Wimbledon champion sits at number 3 in the Race to Singapore standings and looms as one of the favourites at SW19 in a few weeks’ time. This will be Kvitova’s first event on grass in 2018, her first event since a disappointing third round exit at Roland Garros having won back-to-back titles in the lead-up to Paris.

Johanna Konta arrives in Birmingham fresh off disappointment in the Nottingham final for a second year in a row. Konta was once again beaten in a close final in Nottingham, beaten by Ashleigh Barty in 3 sets. Nevertheless, it was still a good week for Konta given it was her first final of 2018 and she was able to get some good wins under her belt. There was an incident with the umpire late in the third set which seemed to ultimately derail Konta, it will be interesting to see how she recovers in Birmingham just a few days later.

Kvitova holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Konta. The most recent match between the pair took place in Wuhan in 2016, Kvitova won that match 6-3 6-4. It was Konta who their only previous match on a grass court, a 5-7 6-4 6-0 victory in Eastbourne in 2016.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Anett Kontaveit, Roland Garros R3 Preview

🇫🇷 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.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

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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