Petra Kvitova vs. Belinda Bencic, Shenzhen RR Preview

🇨🇳👑🐲 WTA Finals – Shenzhen RR preview
🇨🇿 (6) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇨🇭 (7) Belinda Bencic

Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic will renew hostilities when they do battle in a crucial match from the red group at the WTA Finals Shenzhen on Tuesday night. Kvitova and Bencic were both defeated in their opening group stage matches meaning the loser of this match is highly unlikely to progress to the semi-finals, whilst the winner will have a fighting chance.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action during her RR1 match 2019 WTA Finals tennis tournament

Kvitova is making her 7th appearance at the WTA Finals, the 2011 champion suffered a brutal loss in her opening match in Shenzhen succumbing to Naomi Osaka 6-7 6-4 4-6 despite playing a fairly good match. Kvitova battled from a set down in the second set to force a decider but was unable to get the job done in the decider in a match that followed a strikingly similar pattern to the Australian Open final earlier this year.

Belinda Bencic was also unable to get the job done in her opening match of the tournament. Bencic made a bright start to her WTA Finals debut as she won a tight opening set over Ash Barty but was eventually overrun by the world number 1, succumbing 7-5 1-6 2-6. Bencic will be disappointed with how noncompetitive she was in the final 2 sets and eager to rebound against Kvitova with a win.

Belinda Bencic of Switzerland in action during her RR1 match 2019 WTA Finals tennis tournament

Kvitova holds a fairly dominant 4-1 head-to-head record over Bencic. The pair have already gone to battle on 3 previous occasions in 2019, Kvitova defeated Bencic 6-1 6-4 at the Australian Open before Bencic defeated Kvitova for the first time in the Dubai final, a 6-3 1-6 6-2 win. The most recent match between the pair took place in Beijing about a month ago, Kvitova won 6-3 6-3.

I’m going to side with Bencic here despite Kvitova having had the better of this match-up. Kvitova is very much a momentum player, unfortunately for Kvitova that does not bode well for her here given she hasn’t won a match in almost a month. Bencic is battle-hardened and will make life tough for Kvitova on a slow, low bouncing surface. The surface will allow Bencic to get into more rallies where her greater consistency should give her the edge against a somewhat jaded Kvitova.

Prediction: Belinda Bencic to defeat Petra Kvitova in 3 sets

Naomi Osaka vs. Petra Kvitova, Shenzhen RR Preview

🇨🇳👑🐲 WTA Finals – Shenzhen RR preview
🇯🇵 (3) Naomi Osaka vs. 🇨🇿 (6) Petra Kvitova

A blockbuster contest between Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova will kick-start the 2019 WTA Finals in Shenzhen. A rematch of this year’s epic Australian Open final, expect another exciting clash between two of the most dynamic players on tour. Kvitova will be keen for revenge after suffering a painful loss in the Australian Open final but Osaka is arguably the form player on tour and will be tough to stop.

Naomi Osaka arrives in Shenzhen on a 10-match winning streak. The Japanese star has reached at least the quarter-final stage in each of her last 5 tournaments and should be considered the favourite heading into the final tournament of the season. This will be Osaka’s second year in a row competing at the season ending championships. Osaka failed to win a single match at last year’s championships so she will be hoping for a much more successful campaign this time around.

Petra Kvitova returns to the WTA Finals for a seventh time, the 2011 champion is the only player who has played at each of the last 4 venues the tournament has been held at. Kvitova rebounded with some decent results during the Asian swing after a disappointing US Open series. Kvitova reached the semi-finals in Wuhan and the quarter-finals in Beijing.

The only previous match between the pair was in the Australian Open final earlier this year, Osaka claimed a dramatic 7-6 5-7 6-4 victory to capture her second major title.

I’m going to give the slight edge to Kvitova on this occasion. Experience and conditions favour the 2-time Wimbledon champion. Kvitova is the most experienced player in the draw and that will count for a lot in a tournament like this. Conversely, Osaka has never won a match at the WTA Finals. Kvitova has a fantastic career record at indoor events whilst the same isn’t true for Osaka. This is a big match for Kvitova, the Australian Open final defeat to Osaka this year was one of the toughest losses of her career and she will be eager for revenge, I think she gets it, Osaka is also due for a loss.

Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Naomi Osaka in 3 sets

Petra Kvitova vs. Venus Williams, Indian Wells R2 Preview

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🇨🇿 (3) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇺🇸 Venus Williams

A blockbuster second round clash from the Californian desert sees the third seeded Petra Kvitova begin her BNP Paribas Open campaign against Venus Williams, a match-up that sees two multiple time Grand Slam champions collide. Kvitova received a bye through the opening round whilst Williams came through a scrappy 3 set match against Andrea Petkovic.

Venus Williams of the United States in action during her first-round match at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova is arguably the most consistent player on the WTA tour at the moment, which is a huge improvement for Kvitova who has typically been a very streaky player. Kvitova made a fantastic start to the season by winning the title in Sydney before reaching the final of the Australian Open. More recently Kvitova made to the final in Dubai where she succumbed to Belinda Bencic. Kvitova will be keen to maintain her momentum this week in Indian Wells, albeit at an event she has struggled at in the past.

The pressure is on Venus Williams this week. Williams is defending semi-finalist points from her run to the last 4 in 2018, a big chink of her current ranking points are therefore on the line this week. Williams was unconvincing in her opening round match, she came through a topsy-turvy 3 set match against Germany’s Andrea Petkovic, eventually claiming a 6-4 0-6 6-3 victory despite seemingly struggling with an illness or injury.

Kvitova holds a 4-2 head-to-head record over Williams. However, it was Venus who was triumphant in their most recent match, a memorable 6-3 3-6 7-6 win at the quarter-final stage of the 2017 US Open. Much has changed since their last match, the careers of the pair have generally gone in opposite directions with Venus fading and Kvitova clawing her way to the top, will this match reflect those moves?

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Naomi Osaka vs. Petra Kvitova, Australian Open Final Preview

Australian Open, Final Preview
🇯🇵 (4) Naomi Osaka vs. 🇨🇿 (7) Petra Kvitova

Saturday’s championship match at Melbourne Park promises to be an epic as Naomi Osaka and Petra Kvitova go head-to-head for the very first time. Not only will the winner walk away with another Grand Slam title, they will also move to number 1 in the world rankings for the first time. Osaka and Kvitova are both in outstanding form, both know what it takes to win a Grand Slam, this is a very tough match to pick a winner!

Naomi Osaka of Japan celebrates winning her semi-final at the 2019 Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Naomi Osaka continues to show maturity well beyond her years. The 21-year-old has made gigantic improvements in the last 12 months and is now just 1 win away from winning back-to-back Grand Slam titles. The reigning US Open champion has certainly not suffered a let-down like most others have in her position after winning their first Grand Slam title, the signs are that she will be at the top of women’s tennis for some time.

Osaka’s route to the final in Melbourne has been a tough one. Osaka has impressively navigated her way through several tough matches. The Japanese star was untroubled in her first few matches against Magda Linette and Tamara Zidansek where she won in straight sets. Osaka then battled past Su-Wei Hsieh and Anastasija Sevastova from a set down before beating Elina Svitolina in straight sets. Osaka secured her spot in Saturday’s final with a hard-fought 6-2 4-6 6-4 win over Karolina Pliskova. Osaka was seemingly cruising to a straight set win when she led Pliskova by a set and a break but valiantly fended off a Pliskova comeback, saving early break points in third on route to a tough victory.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic reacts to making the final of the 2019 Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova is in devastating form. Kvitova has bullied her way through the draw at Melbourne Park without dropping a set. Kvitova enters Saturday’s final on an 11-match winning streak having arrived in Melbourne fresh from winning the Sydney International title. Kvitova is also on an 8-match winning streak in finals and has an incredible 26-7 W/L record in finals.

Kvitova stormed through the first week with wins over Magdalena Rybarikova, Irina-Camelia Begu and Belinda Bencic. Kvitova upped her level in the next couple of matches in crushing victories over Amanda Anisimova and Ashleigh Barty. The 2-time former Wimbledon champion secured her spot in the final with a 7-6 6-0 victory over Danielle Collins. Kvitova played a messy opening set against Collins but raised her level in the second as she cruised to victory to reach her first Australian Open final.

Expect fireworks in this match-up, the first time the pair have gone head-to-head.
Who will prevail and capture the first Grand Slam title of 2019?

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Petra Kvitova vs. Danielle Collins, Australian Open SF Preview

🇦🇺 Australian Open, Semi-Final Preview
🇨🇿 (8) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇺🇸 Danielle Collins

Petra Kvitova and Danielle Collins will go head-to-head with a place in the 2019 Australian Open final up for grabs. There is a big gulf in class and experience between the pair heading into this match, a two-time Grand Slam champion against a player who is in unprecedented territory. Kvitova is a strong favourite to come through this match but Danielle Collins has defied the odds all tournament.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action during her quarter-final match at the 2019 Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova has been the form player on tour thus far in 2019. Kvitova is on a 10-match winning streak having arrived in Melbourne fresh from winning the title in Sydney. Kvitova has breezed through the draw at Melbourne Park to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final since winning Wimbledon in 2014.

Kvitova has not dropped a set this tournament. The 2-time former Wimbledon champion cruised through the first week of the tournament with commanding wins over Magdalena Rybarikova, Irina-Camelia Begu and Belinda Bencic. Kvitova’s two most recent performances have been particularly devastating. Kvitova thrashed Amanda Anisimova 6-2 6-1 before producing a sublime display of power hitting to ease past Ashleigh Barty 6-1 6-4. Kvitova has dropped a total of 22 points so far this tournament, meaning she has dropped an average of 2.2 games per set… outstanding!

Danielle Collins is the big underdog story of the 2019 Australian Open. Collins arrived at Melbourne Park having never won a Grand Slam main draw match and having never even played a main draw match at the Australian Open. Collins has done things the hard way over the last week and a bit, she has impressively made her way through a tough draw.

Danielle Collins of the United States in action during her quarter-final match at the 2019 Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Collins started the tournament with big comeback victory over the 14th seeded Julia Goerges, Collins was extremely close to defeat in that match as Goerges served for the match in the second set. Collins rushed through her next 3 matches with straight set wins over Sachia Vickery, Caroline Garcia and an emphatic 6-0 6-2 win over Angelique Kerber. Collins booked her spot in a maiden Grand Slam semi-final with a 2-6 7-5 6-1 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

Kvitova and Collins have met once before, a 3-hour epic at the opening round stage of the Brisbane International earlier this month, Kvitova won that match 6-7 7-6 6-3.

Can Collins keep her dream run alive or will a red-hot Kvitova be too strong?

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Petra Kvitova vs. Ashleigh Barty, Australian Open QF Preview

🇦🇺 Australian Open, Quarter-Final Preview
🇨🇿 (8) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇦🇺 (15) Ashleigh Barty

Two of the form players on the WTA tour will renew hostilities on Tuesday when Petra Kvitova takes on Ashleigh Barty for a spot in the semi-finals at the Australian Open. This will be a rematch of the Sydney International final a few weeks ago where Kvitova outlasted Barty in an epic encounter. Barty is the last Australian left in the singles draw on either side, the hopes of the Nation are with Barty but she will need to defy the odds to get through this one.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia in action during her fourth-round match at the 2019 Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova has stormed into the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park for the first time since 2012. Kvitova has not dropped a set on route to reaching the final 8, not even close. Kvitova cruised through the first week with wins over Magdalena Rybarikova, Irina-Camelia Begu and Belinda Bencic. Kvitova secured her spot in the quarter-finals with a dominant 6-2 6-1 victory over Amanda Anisimova. Kvitova is now on a 9-match winning streak having won the Sydney International title before arriving in Melbourne.

Ash Barty is through to the quarter-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time. Barty has made a fantastic start to the season and is certainly playing the best tennis of her career right now. Barty also cruised through the first week of the tournament with wins over Luksika Kumkhum, Yafan Wang and Maria Sakkari. Barty’s greatest test came at the fourth round stage where she outlasted Maria Sharapova in a really tough battle, a 4-6 6-1 6-4 victory for Barty, one of the biggest wins of her career.

Kvitova holds a perfect 3-0 H2H record over Barty. The last two matches between the pair have gone the distance, Kvitova was forced to come from a set down on each occasion. The most recent match between the pair was a few weeks ago in the Sydney final, Kvitova won 1-6 7-5 7-6.

Can Barty keep her dream run alive in Melbourne or will Kvitova maintain her perfect record over the Aussie?

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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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