St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, Quarter-Final Preview
?? (2) Jelena Ostapenko vs ?? (wc) Petra Kvitova
An exciting quarter-final clash at the St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy sees Jelena Ostapenko come up against Petra Kvitova, a battle between two former Grand Slam champions and two of the biggest hitters on tour. The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 2 wins apiece between the pair heading into this match. Don’t expect to see many long rallies in this match-up, who will win the first-strike tennis battle?
As the second seed, Jelena Ostapenko received a bye through the opening round in St. Petersburg. Ostapenko started her 2018 St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy campaign with a hard-fought 7-6 6-3 win over Vera Zvonareva. Ostapenko played extremely well to fight from a break down in the opening set, the Latvian’s bravery in critical moments was rewarded as Ostapenko continually fired winners past Zvonareva when it mattered most.
Petra Kvitova started her St. Petersburg campaign off in style with a commanding 6-2 6-0 demolition of Elena Vesnina. Kvitova’s 6-3 1-6 6-1 victory over Begu in the second round was more erratic and less convincing but Petra’s dominant best was on display when it mattered most in the deciding set.
As mentioned above, the head-to-head record between the pair is split at 2 wins apiece heading into this clash. Kvitova has won the two most recent matches between the pair, both a hard court. Most recently a 6-3 6-1 win in Wuhan in 2016. All four of the matches between the two were in 2016.