?? Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham SF Prediction
?? (4) Petra Kvitova vs. ?? Mihaela Buzarnescu
Kvitova is a strong favourite to reach a fifth final in 2018 and rightfully so. I suspect Kvitova will be too strong for Buzarnescu. Kvitova is simply in sublime form and her recent record suggests that she almost always brings her a-game when competing at this stage of a tournament.
The grass court surface favours Kvitova. It could easily be argued that Kvitova is the number 1 grass court player on the WTA tour, the 2-time Wimbledon champion easily takes the game away from her opponents with extreme power on this surface. When she is on she is basically unstoppable.
Also in Kvitova’s favour is her far greater experience and her exceptional record at the later stage of tournaments. Kvitova has made 4 semi-finals in 2018, she won all four before going on to win the title. Kvitova knows how to win big matches whilst the same can’t be said for Buzarnescu who has consistently stumbled at this stage over the last 12 months.
Kvitova should be too powerful for the Romanian on this surface, she simply has too many weapons.