🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham Final Preview
🇨🇿 (4) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova
Sunday’s final in Birmingham will be a battle between two former champions as the fourth seeded Petra Kvitova takes on Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova. Kvitova is the defending champion in Birmingham whilst Rybarikova won the title in Birmingham back in 2009. Kvitova enters this match as a strong favourite but Rybarikova has a brilliant recent record on grass and is not without a hope of causing an upset. Who will win a second Birmingham title?
Petra Kvitova will be playing for a 5th title in 2018, an incredible effort at this stage of the season. Kvitova’s record in finals is simply outstanding, Kvitova has a 24/7 W/L record in finals and has won her last 6 finals dating back to 2016. The two-time Wimbledon champion has been in ominous form this week, cruising into the final without dropping a set. Kvitova recorded comfortable wins over Johanna Konta, Daria Gavrilova, Julia Goerges and Mihaela Buzarnescu on route to the final.
Magdalena Rybarikova will be aiming to win her 5th career title at the very venue that she won her first WTA title way back in 2009. Rybarikova has not won a WTA title since Washington in 2013 but is playing some of the best tennis of her career at the moment. The Slovakian’s most impressive win was in the opening round where she thrashed Karolina Pliskova before fighting from a set down to beat Kristina Mladenovic. Rybarikova secured her spot in her first final of 2018 with straight set wins over Dalila Jakupovic and Barbora Strycova.
The pair have only met on one previous occasion at the WTA tour level. A 6-4 6-2 win for Kvitova in the New Haven final in 2014.