Fed Cup: Semi-Final – Rubber 1 preview
?? Czech Republic vs. ?? Germany
?? Petra Kvitova vs. ?? Julia Goerges
Julia Goerges will be tasked with starting Germany’s ominous task of confronting the Czech Republic in Stuttgart in the 2018 Fed Cup semi-finals. Goerges will come up against Petra Kvitova, the Czech has been one of the most successful players in the Fed Cup in recent times having won the event on 5 of the last 7 occasions, Kvitova has been the star on most occasions. Also in Kvitova’s favour is her strong record over Goerges having won the last 3 completed matches between the pair.
Petra’s form has stalled over the last month after a hot run of form that saw her win back-to-back titles in St. Petersburg and Doha. Kvitova suffered reasonably early defeats in Indian Wells and Miami and her most recent result was a very disappointing opening round loss in Charleston to Kristyna Pliskova. Nevertheless, Kvitova will head into this tie with confidence, Kvitova has an impressive 28-10 win/loss Fed Cup record in singles and has been part of the successful Czech team that has won 5 of the last 7 Fed Cup titles.
The form of Julia Goerges also cooled off over the Indian Wells / Miami double. Some injury setbacks contributed to early round defeat in both Indian Wells and Miami for Goerges but she was able to regain some momentum more recently as she reached the final in Charleston where she was comprehensively beaten by Kiki Bertens. Goerges does not have a very impressive record in Fed Cup singles matches having amassed a 6/7 win/loss record over the years.
Kvitova holds a 4-1 head-to-head record over Goerges. The pair have met on 2 occasions in 2018: a 7-5 4-6 6-2 win for Kvitova in St. Petersburg and a 6-4 2-1 win on Doha where Goerges retired injured. Kvitova went on to win the title on both occasions.