Mutua Madrid Open, ? Final Preview
?? (10) Petra Kvitova vs. ?? Kiki Bertens
Saturday’s Mutua Madrid Open final will see the 10th seed and two-time former champion: Petra Kvitova take on the tour’s clay court specialist Kiki Bertens. Kvitova and Bertens both enter this final in supreme form, both head into this match on the back beating a top 10 opponents, Kvitova is on a 10-match winning streak whilst Bertens has won 11 of her last 12 matches. Expect a high quality, close final, who will prevail?
Petra Kvitova is now within touching distance of becoming the first woman to win the Mutua Madrid Open title on 3 occasions. It has been an outstanding couple of weeks for Kvitova given she arrived in Madrid straight after winning the title in Prague. Kvitova will be aiming to win back-to-back titles for the second time this year and become the first in 2018 to win 4 titles. Kvitova booked her spot in Saturday’s final with a hard-fought 7-6 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova. Petra also defeated Lesia Tsurenko, Monica Puig, Annett Kontaveit and Daria Kasatkina on route to the final.
It can now be argued that Kiki Bertens is the tour’s number 1 clay court specialist. Bertens has an outstanding record on clay over the last few years, amassing an outstanding 50/10 win/loss record at tour level events on clay in the last 3 seasons. Bertens has gone on a giant killing run in Madrid, beating two top 10 opponents and a former champion on route to the final. Bertens started the week with straight set wins over Maria Sakkari, Anastasija Sevastova and Caroline Wozniacki. Bertens’ biggest test came at the quarter-final stage where she came from a set down to beat Maria Sharapova before reaching the biggest final of her career with a clinical 6-2 6-2 win over Caroline Garcia.
Kvitova thrashed Bertens in their only previous encounter, a 6-1 6-0 victory in the first round at Wimbledon in 2015. Bertens was no match for Kvitova on that occasion but almost three years later when they meet in the Madrid final expect Bertens to be far more competitive on a surface that makes this a very even match-up.