Sam Stosur vs (3) Petra Kvitova
Sam Stosur will be aiming to reach her first final of the season on Saturday in Beijing when she comes up against Petra Kvitova for a spot in the final at the China Open.
Sam Stosur arrived in Beijing on the back of three straight losses; the Australian number 1 has turned her form around this week to produce some of her best results of the season. Stosur produced a solid opening round performance to overcome Schiavone in straight sets 6-4 6-2 before upsetting Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 7-6 in the second round, her fourth top 10 victory of the year. Stosur backed up her impressive victory over Wozniacki with a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 victory over Alize Cornet. Stosur heads into this match with nothing to lose and a whole lot to gain, she is certainly capable of causing an upset.
Petra Kvitova has backed up her Wuhan title with a solid week in Beijing. Kvitova raced through her opening match, a comprehensive 6-4 6-2 victory over Peng Shuai. Petra received a walkover into the quarter-finals where she overcame a slow start to defeat Roberta Vinci 7-6 6-4. Kvitova quickly found herself down 1-5 in the opening set, really struggling to deal with the Vinci backhand slice. Vinci became nervous trying to close out the set and Petra stepped up and took full advantage. Vinci twice led by a break in the second set but once against Petra was too good at the critical moments. If Petra manages to clinch the title this week in Beijing she will rise to world number 2 and will be one of the favorites heading into Singapore.
Petra has a commanding 6-1 head to head record over Stosur. In their two most recent encounters, Petra easily prevailed. In Toronto last year Kvitova won 6-3 6-3 whilst in New Haven a couple of months ago Kvitova won 6-3 6-1. Stosur’s single victory over Kvitova came on the clay courts of Rome last year. I suspect this match will be match close than their two previous matches. Kvitova was far from convincing in her victory over Roberta Vinci and will need to raise her level if she is to defeat Sam Stosur on Saturday. I’m going for an upset here…
Prediction: Samantha Stosur to defeat Petra Kvitova in 3 sets