Petra Kvitova vs. Johanna Konta, Birmingham R1 Prediction

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?? (4) Petra Kvitova vs. ?? Johanna Konta

This promises to be a very close match. Grass is to be considered the best surface for both Kvitova and Konta, an extremely tough opening round match-up, one would expect to see this type of match-up in the final few rounds. Whoever finds the better rhythm will win, a challenge so early in the event.

I’m going to side with Konta here. This is Kvitova’s first match on grass in 2018, her first match since Roland Garros. Whilst Kvitova is undoubtedly a grass court specialist, there is still likely to be some rust. Conversely, Konta is battle hardened having competed in the Nottingham final just a few days ago and will be eager to get back into competition after a tight loss in the final to Ashleigh Barty.

Both have great serves, so expect few breaks of serve and little margin for error here. Kvitova’s lefty hitting pattern does favour the stronger backhand side of Konta so that may cause some problems. Konta’s ability to absorb and redirect the pace of Kvitova on this surface may prove troublesome for Kvitova in her first match in a while.

Prediction: Johanna Konta to defeat Petra Kvitova in 3 sets