Petra Kvitova vs Anett Kontaveit, Dubai R1 Preview

๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, R1 Preview
๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Annett Kontaveit vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ 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 Estoniaโ€™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 Estoniaโ€™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. Kvitovaโ€™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) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs (16) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ 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 Sundayโ€™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 Muguruzaโ€™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. Muguruzaโ€™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 Sundayโ€™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. Kvitovaโ€™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) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Kvitova vs ๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ช 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

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๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Kvitova vs (Q) ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น 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.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs Petra Kvitova, Sydney R1 Preview

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๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Kvitova

A big-hitting affair at the Sydney International sees Mirjana Lucic-Baroni come up against Petra Kvitova in the opening round. Petra Kvitova will be making her 2018 debut in Sydney, the Czech was supposed to start her year in Brisbane last week but pulled out of her first round match due to illness. Kvitova, a former champion in Sydney, will look to gain momentum in Sydney before heading to Melbourne.

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Lucic-Baroni did compete in Brisbane last week. Lucic-Baroni was eliminated in the second round, beaten by Alize Cornet in straight sets. The Croatianโ€™s first round win was a straight set win over Tatjana Maria.

Surprisingly, this will be the first career meeting between Lucic-Baroni and Kvitova. Donโ€™t expect to see many long rallies in this match-up as two of the most aggressive players on tour go head-to-head.

Venus Williams vs Petra Kvitova, U.S Open QF Preview

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(9) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Venus Williams vs (13) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Kvitova

A blockbuster quarter-final from Flushing Meadows on Tuesday sees Venus Williams take on Petra Kvitova. At the age of 37, Venus Williams has been the most consistent performer at the Grand Slam level in 2017 having already made it to the final at the Australian Open and Wimbledon as well as a fourth round appearance at Roland Garros.

Petra Kvitova is in the midst of her own special season. After being attacked in the off season and spending half the year on the side-lines, it is incredible to see Kvitova playing so well as she has reached the quarter-final stage at the U.S Open for just the second time in her career. This is going to be an exciting contest between two of the move loved and respected players on tour, Kvitova holds a 4-1 edge in the head-to-head but Venus Williams has been superb at the later stage of Grand Slam events this year and fancy her chances here.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Petra Kvitova, U.S Open R4 Preview

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(3) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Garbine Muguruza vs (13) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Kvitova

Garbine Muguruza and Petra Kvitova have both strolled into the second week in New York without dropping a set. Muguruza is the form player on the tour at the moment but will face her biggest test of the tournament thus far when she comes up against a resurgent Petra Kvitova on Sunday. Muguruza will be the favourite heading into this match but Kvitova has won the last two matches between the pair and is always dangerous once she reaches the later stages of a big event. This should be an exciting contest.

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Petra Kvitova vs Alize Cornet, U.S Open R2 Preview

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(13) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Kvitova vs ๐Ÿ‡ซ๐Ÿ‡ท Alize Cornet

An interesting second round clash from New York on Wednesday sees the 13th seeded Petra Kvitova take on Alize Cornet in what looms as a potential upset. Kvitova and Cornet both advanced to the second round at the U.S Open with tough straight set wins, Kvitova defeated Jelena Jankovic 7-5 7-5 whilst Cornet defeated Heather Watson 6-4 6-4.Surprisingly, this will be just the second meeting between the pair. Kvitova won their only previous match in straight sets at the U.S Open in 2012 (also at the second round stage of the event)ย 

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Petra Kvitova vs Jelena Jankovic, U.S Open R1 Preview

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(13) ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Kvitova vs ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ธ Jelena Jankovic

Petra Kvitova and Jelena Jankovic will kick-startย proceedings on the Louis Armstrong Arena for the 2017 U.S Open. This is a tough first round match-up between two players that have been close to the top of the game for a long time. These two have a very competitive rivalry, Kvitova holds a slight 4-3 head-to-head record over Jankovic. Both have been struggling with injury and poor form lately, especially Jankovic. It will be interesting to see who can step it up and raise their level for this big first round clash at Flushing Meadows.

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Sloane Stephens vs Petra Kvitova, Rogers Cup R2 Preview

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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Sloane Stephens vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Kvitova

Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova will go head-to-head at the second round stage of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, surprisingly this will be the first career meeting between the pair. Stephens and Kvitova are both on the comeback trail after setbacks earlier this year, every match and every win is important for both players at this stage.

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