Qatar Total Open, Doha R3 Preview
?? (3) Elina Svitolina vs ?? (16) Petra Kvitova
The pick of the third round match-ups on Thursday at the Qatar Total Open sees a red-hot Petra Kvitova take on the third seeded Elina Svitolina. One thing stands out heading into this match, Kvitova’s dominant 6-1 head-to-head record over Svitolina. However, Svitolina is vastly improved since their last meeting almost a year and half ago. Can Svitolina turn things around or will Kvitova continue her dominance over the Ukrainian?
Elina Svitolina has generally been in great form in 2018. Svitolina is now one of the hardest players on tour to defeat, it takes something special to get past the world number 3. Svitolina has lost just 1 match in 2018 having won the Brisbane International title and reaching the quarter-finals at the Australian Open where she was shocked by an in form Elise Mertens. Svitolina started her Doha campaign in style, easing past Marketa Vondrousova 6-2 6-4 without raising much of a sweat.
Petra Kvitova is in outstanding form. Petra found her groove in St. Petersburg a few weeks ago where she captured her 21st WTA title. Petra then went on to spearhead the Czech Republic’s Fed Cup victory over Switzerland at the weekend where Petra won both of her matches. In Doha, Kvitova started the week with a dominant straight set win over Cagla Buyukakcay before coming from a set and a break down to defeat Agnieszka Radwanska 6-7 6-3 6-4.
Kvitova holds a 6-1 head-to-head record over Svitolina. Petra has won the last 6 matches between the pair, all on a hard court, 5 of those wins were in straight sets. Most recently, Petra beat Svitolina 6-4 6-2 in the final of the WTA Elite Trophy in 2016.