Caroline Garcia vs Andrea Petkovic, Dubai QF Preview

Dubai QF: Caroline Garcia vs Andrea Petkovic

Thursday’s first quarter-final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships sees Caroline Garcia take on Andrea Petkovic. This is a huge match for both players who will looking to reach the semi-finals of an event for the first time in 2016. Garcia and Petkovic have both shown good form in Dubai and are quite evenly matched, this should be a highly competitive match to start the day.

Caroline Garcia booked her spot in her first quarter-final of the year courtesy of a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro. Garcia trailed for the majority of the match and was extremely close to suffering a straight set loss when Carla had game points to take a 5-3 lead in the second set. However, Garcia got better and better as the match went on. The Frenchwoman played smart tennis, hitting the ball hard but with good margin and wasn’t afraid to stay with Carla in long baseline exchanges. Garcia’s patient attitude was ultimately rewarded with an important victory.

 

Andrea Petkovic has breezed through her opening matches in Dubai. The German recorded a crushing 6-2 6-1 victory over a wayward Camila Giorgi in the first round before ousting Jelena Jankovic with a surprisingly easy 6-3 6-2 win. Petkovic will be looking to win three consecutive matches for the first time since Charleston last year and will fancy her chances against an opponent she has never lost to.

Andrea Petkovic has won both of the previous encounters between the pair, both in 2015. Firstly, a 6-2 6-4 win in Eastbourne followed by a 3-6 6-4 7-5 win at the U.S Open. Despite the head-to-head record I’m going to side with Garcia in this match. Garcia is on a four match winning streak and has generally impressed me in the new year. I think Garcia’s attitude as well as her game has really improved and she should be good enough to record her first career win over Petkovic.

Prediction: Caroline Garcia to defeat Andrea Petkovic in 3 sets


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0 responses to “Caroline Garcia vs Andrea Petkovic, Dubai QF Preview”

  1. Petkovic will win this one. Garcia struggled to pass Carla.

    They play in the afternoon. Petkovic to win in 2 or 3 (if she slips).

  2. i honestly think Petkovic has got the mental advantage in this due to her easier victory yesterday, and also the experience.. Garcia will have a slight mental block as she suffers a 0-2 H2H against Petko. So I’m going for Petko in 3, with the third set being a 6-2 or a 6-1 double break scenario. Odds are extremely delicious on Petko so backing her.

    • Petkovic is just an average player in pretty much every way, she does nothing special.. Garcia does most things better but yes Petkovic’s mental game may be stronger. Garcia will use the h2h as added motivation and will be extra pumped and motivated to win

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