Petra Kvitova vs. Kiki Bertens, Madrid Final Preview

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🇨🇿 (10) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens

Saturday’s Mutua Madrid Open final will see the 10th seed and two-time former champion: Petra Kvitova take on the tour’s clay court specialist Kiki Bertens. Kvitova and Bertens both enter this final in supreme form, both head into this match on the back beating a top 10 opponents, Kvitova is on a 10-match winning streak whilst Bertens has won 11 of her last 12 matches. Expect a high quality, close final, who will prevail?

Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Petra Kvitova is now within touching distance of becoming the first woman to win the Mutua Madrid Open title on 3 occasions. It has been an outstanding couple of weeks for Kvitova given she arrived in Madrid straight after winning the title in Prague. Kvitova will be aiming to win back-to-back titles for the second time this year and become the first in 2018 to win 4 titles. Kvitova booked her spot in Saturday’s final with a hard-fought 7-6 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova. Petra also defeated Lesia Tsurenko, Monica Puig, Annett Kontaveit and Daria Kasatkina on route to the final.

It can now be argued that Kiki Bertens is the tour’s number 1 clay court specialist. Bertens has an outstanding record on clay over the last few years, amassing an outstanding 50/10 win/loss record at tour level events on clay in the last 3 seasons. Bertens has gone on a giant killing run in Madrid, beating two top 10 opponents and a former champion on route to the final. Bertens started the week with straight set wins over Maria Sakkari, Anastasija Sevastova and Caroline Wozniacki. Bertens’ biggest test came at the quarter-final stage where she came from a set down to beat Maria Sharapova before reaching the biggest final of her career with a clinical 6-2 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia.

Kvitova thrashed Bertens in their only previous encounter, a 6-1 6-0 victory in the first round at Wimbledon in 2015. Bertens was no match for Kvitova on that occasion but almost three years later when they meet in the Madrid final expect Bertens to be far more competitive on a surface that makes this a very even match-up.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Monica Puig, Madrid R2 Preview

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🇨🇿 (10) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇵🇷 (wc) Monica Puig

The in-form Petra Kvitova will be back in action on Tuesday in Madrid as she come up against Puerto Rican wild-card Monica Puig for a spot in the third round. Kvitova is on a roll at the moment, Kvitova arrived in Madrid fresh from winning her third title of the year in Prague. The two-time former champion in Madrid is one of two players this week aiming to be the first to win the Madrid title on 3 separate occasions, the other being the top ranked Simona Halep. Can Puig stop the red-hot Kvitova?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Kvitova and Puig advanced to the second round in Madrid in contrasting fashion. Kvitova cruised past Lesia Tsurenko 6-1 6-2 despite having less than a day in Madrid to prepare for her opening round match, Conversely, Puig laboured through her first round match, beating Zarina Diyas 6-4 2-6 6-2, ultimately it was a decent win for Puig against a solid opponent.

Surprisingly it is Puig who has won the only two previous matches between the pair, both in 2016. A critical 6-1 1-6 6-3 win at the semi-final stage of the Rio Olympics and a 1-6 6-4 6-4 win in Tokyo a few months later. This will be their first career meeting on a clay court.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Mihaela Buzarnescu, Prague Final Preview

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🇨🇿 (2) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇷🇴 Mihaela Buzarnescu

Petra Kvitova will be aiming for her third title in 2018 when she comes up against Mihaela Buzarnescu in Saturday’s Prague Open final. Kvitova will enter this match as a strong favourite, the home crowd favourite is far more experienced on the big stage, at 30 years of age Buzarnescu will be looking to win a maiden WTA title. This will be the first career meeting between the pair, can the Romanian cause a big upset?

Petra Kvitova has been extremely impressive in Prague, storming into the final without dropping a set. Kvitova has not dropped more than 6 games in a single match throughout her 4 victories on route to the final: victories over Tereza Smitkova, Natalia Vikhlyantseva, Katerina Siniakova and Shuai Zhang. Kvitova’s toughest test came at the semi-final stage where she beat Zhang 7-6 6-0, the opening set was extremely tight but it was Kvitova who was tougher deep in the opening set tiebreak.

Heading into 2018 Buzarnescu had never reached the final of a WTA tour level event. The Romanian is now into her second career final having succumbed to Elise Mertens in the Hobart final. Buzarnescu advanced to the semi-final stage in Prague thanks to straight set wins over Beatriz Haddad Maia, Antonia Lottner and Kristyna Pliskova. Buzarnescu secured her spot in Saturday’s final with a 4-6 6-3 7-5 win over Camila Giorgi, a gutsy win for Buzarnescu who won the last 4 games of the match as Giorgi served for the match at 5-3.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Shuai Zhang, Prague SF Preview

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🇨🇿 (2) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇨🇳 (6) Shuai Zhang

Petra Kvitova and Shuai Zhang will compete in Friday’s first semi-final in Prague, a match-up between two good friends. Kvitova will enter this match as a strong favourite, the Czech star has certainly been the most impressive player on route to the final 4 and is by far the highest credentialed semi-finalist. However, Zhang has beaten Kvitova a couple of times and won their only previous match on a clay court.

Petra Kvitova has been in fearsome form this week in front of her adoring fans in Prague. Kvitova has stormed into the semi-finals without dropping a set, claiming wins over Tereza Smitkova, Natalia Vikhlyantseva and Katerina Siniakova, all fellow Czech’s. Kvitova is now a strong favourite to win her third title of the year, if she can maintain the level that she has displayed over her first 3 matches then she will be very tough to stop.

Shuai Zhang has also moved into the semi-finals in Prague without dropping a set. Zhang’s form has been far more surprising than Kvitova’s given Zhang arrived in Prague in poor form and with little confidence on clay. Zhang was easily beaten by Rus in straight sets in Istanbul last week. A great turnaround for Zhang who now has nothing to lose at this stage of the tournament. Zhang has beaten Stefanie Voegele, Elena-Gabriela Ruse and Jasmine Paolini on route to the semi-finals.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 2 wins apiece. Interestingly it is Zhang who has won 2 of their last 3 matches, including a 6-2 6-1 demolition in New Haven last year and a 7-6 5-7 6-3 win in Rome in 2014 in what was their only previous match on clay.

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Petra Kvitova vs Amanda Anisimova, Indian Wells R3 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells R3 Preview
🇨🇿 (9) Petra Kvitova vs 🇺🇸 (wc) Amanda Anisimova

Petra Kvitova and Amanda Anisimova will open proceedings on Stadium 1 on Sunday in Indian Wells when they meet at the third round stage of the BNP Paribas Open. Petra Kvitova is on an incredible 14-match winning streak, just 1 win away from the longest winning streak of her career. Standing in Kvitova’s way is the 16-year-old American. Anisimova is in unchartered territory having never previously won a match at this level prior to this event. Can the youngster cause a huge upset?

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Petra Kvitova survived a dramatic opening round clash in Indian Wells. After receiving a bye through the first round, Kvitova opened her 2018 BNP Paribas Open campaign with an epic 6-7 7-6 6-4 win over Yulia Putintseva in a match that last well over 3 hours. Kvitova demonstrated once more just how tough she is under pressure, twice coming from a break down in the final set to blast her way past a determined opponent.

Anisimova is having the best few weeks of her very young career. Amanda Anisimova produced a near-flawless performance to cruise past the 23rd seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-4 6-1 in the second round. Anisimova’s power was too much was a sluggish Pavlyuchenkova to handle on the night. Prior to that Anisimova breezed past Pauline Parmentier 6-2 6-2. It has been an unbelievable couple of weeks in the Californian desert for the 16-year-old after she came through the qualifying draw to reach the semi-finals at the Indian Wells 125K event last week.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair.

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Petra Kvitova vs Yulia Putintseva, Indian Wells R2 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells R2 Preview
🇨🇿 (9) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

Petra Kvitova will make her return to the BNP Paribas Open on Friday with a second round clash against Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva. Kvitova enters this year’s first premier mandatory event as the hottest player on tour, Kvitova has won 13 matches in a row, including back-to-back titles in St. Petersburg and Doha. Kvitova will face a tough first assignment against a determined Putintseva, the Kazakh often saves her best tennis for the big stage and is usually more dangerous as an underdog.

Petra Kvitova’s return to form has been the good news story of 2018. Kvitova ignited her season in St. Petersburg where she blasted her way to a 21st career title. Kvitova was even more impressive in Doha where she beat 4 top 10 players on route to winning the title. After a few weeks off, Petra will be keen to improve on her fairly poor history at the BNP Paribas Open. Kvitova’s best result in Indian Wells is reaching the quarter-finals in 2016 and 2013.

Yulia Putintseva has generally made a poor start to the season but will be relieved to have reached the second round stage at the BNP Paribas Open. Putintseva claimed a solid 6-0 2-6 6-2 win over Alison Van Uytvanck in the opening round, a good win considering Van Uytvanck recently won the title in Budapest. Putintseva served well under pressure in the third set and played a disciplined game from the baseline.

This will be the first career meeting between Kvitova and Putintseva, a match-up that will feature a huge contrast in styles. Can Putintseva cause a big upset?

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Petra Kvitova vs Anett Kontaveit, Dubai R1 Preview

🇦🇪 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?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic poses with the winners trophy at the 2018 Qatar Total Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

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

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Garbine Muguruza vs Petra Kvitova, Doha Final Preview

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(4) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (16) 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova

The 2018 Qatar Total Open will come to an exciting end on Sunday with a blockbuster final set to take place between a pair of two-time Grand Slam champions, Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova. Muguruza and Kvitova have both shown a high level of tennis this week in Doha, especially Petra Kvitova who enters Sunday’s final fresh off an epic upset victory over world number 1 Caroline Wozniacki. A win for Petra Kvitova will see her move back into the top 10 for the first time since 2016. Kvitova is on a 12 match winning streak and holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Muguruza, but the determined Spaniard will be no pushover.

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Garbine Muguruza’s run to the final in Doha is exactly what the Spaniard needed to ignite her 2018 season. Muguruza had not won back-to-back matches in 2018 before arriving in Doha. Muguruza started the event with fairly comprehensive victories over Ying-Ying Duan and Sorana Cirstea before coming from a set down to defeat Caroline Garcia. Muguruza’s 3-6 6-1 6-4 win over Garcia was the biggest win of the year for Muguruza, her first top 10 victory since Singapore last year. Muguruza was fortunate to receive a walkover into the final as Simona Halep pulled out of their scheduled semi-final because of a foot injury.

Petra Kvitova is the form player in the world right now. Kvitova heads into Sunday’s final in Doha on a 12-match winning streak, a run that includes a title in St. Petersburg a few weeks ago and a few wins in a Fed Cup tie last weekend. Kvitova’s path to the final in Doha has been extremely tough. Petra started the week with an easy win over Cagla Buyukakcay before coming from a set and a break down to beat Agnieszka Radwanska. Kvitova then claimed a pair of straight set wins over Elina Svitolina and Julia Goerges to set up a semi-final showdown with Caroline Wozniacki. For the second time this week, Kvitova managed to win from a set and a break down, overcoming a wayward start to beat the world number 1 3-6 7-6 7-5. Kvitova blasted 50 winners past the Dane in what was an inspired performance. Petra was very clutch in all the key moments, especially in the crucial second set tiebreak.

Petra Kvitova holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Muguruza. Kvitova has won the last 3 matches between the pair including a 7-6 6-3 win at the U.S Open last year in their most recent match. Petra also beat Muguruza twice in 2016, a 3 set win on clay in Stuttgart and a straight set win in Beijing. Clearly this has been a favourable match-up for Kvitova.

Petra Kvitova vs Andrea Petkovic, Australian Open R1 Preview

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(27) 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova vs 🇩🇪 Andrea Petkovic

Two former top 10 players will collide in an interesting opening round clash at the 2018 Australian Open as the 27th seeded Petra Kvitova takes on Andrea Petkovic. Kvitova and Petkovic have a lengthy history having played on 9 previous occasions, Kvitova holds a slight 5-4 head-to-head record over the German.

Petra Kvitova and Andrea Petkovic both arrive at Melbourne Park without ideal preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year. Kvitova and Petkovic will both be looking to climb up the rankings in 2018, especially Petkovic who is hovering around 100 in the world. Kvitova and Petkovic both rediscovered their love for the game in 2017 and will head into the first Grand Slam of the year feeling excited to compete despite not having their greatest results heading into the event.

Petkovic suffered a shock loss at the Brisbane International to start the year, beaten in the opening round of qualifying by Polina Monova. Petkovic did get in a few exhibition matches at the Kooyong Classic where she did have some success. Petra Kvitova was forced out of the Brisbane International in week 1 with illness whilst she was beaten in the second round at the Sydney International by Camila Giorgi in straight sets.

Kvitova has won the 2 most recent matches between the pair, both 6-2 6-4 om a hard court, most recently in 2016 at the Rogers Cup. Kvitova leads the head-to-head 5-4, can she edge further ahead or will Petkovic square the ledger?

Petra Kvitova vs Camila Giorgi, Sydney R2 Preview

Sydney International 🇦🇺🦈 R2 Preview
🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova vs (Q) 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

An exciting second round clash at the Sydney International sees former champion: Petra Kvitova, take on Italian qualifier: Camila Giorgi. Kvitova and Giorgi are two of the most aggressive and hard-hitting players on tour from the baseline, expect a lot of flashing winners and little extended rallies in this match-up.

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Kvitova and Giorgi have had very contrasting pathways to the second round. Kvitova has only played 1 set in Sydney after she was up 6-1 against Lucic-Baroni before the Croatian retired. Conversely, Giorgi has already won 4 matches this week having come through the qualifying draw. Giorgi navigated her way through a tough qualifying draw in Sydney before kick-starting her main draw appearance with a dominant 6-3 6-0 win over Sloane Stephens.

The only previous match between the pair took place on hard court in a Fed Cup tie in 2014, Kvitova won that match 6-4 6-2.