Petra Kvitova vs Agnieszka Radwanska, Doha R2 Preview

Qatar Total Open, Doha R2 Preview
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Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage of the Qatar Total Open on Wednesday. Kvitova and Radwanska bring contrasting form into this match-up. Kvitova is in superb form right now, arguably the form player on tour. Conversely, Radwanska has been uninspiring of late and will need to dramatically improve her game if she is to stand a chance against Kvitova. Kvitova has the slight edge in the head-to-head series heading into this match, a 6-5 record over the Pole.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action at the 2018 Qatar Total Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Petra Kvitova comes into this second round clash on an 8 match winning streak. Kvitova blasted her way to the St. Petersburg ladies Trophy title a few weeks ago and was involved in 2 victories in the Czech Republic’s Fed Cup triumph over Switzerland. Kvitova made a commanding start to her Doha campaign on Tuesday by trashing Cagla Buyukakcay 6-0 6-3 in less than an hour. When Kvitova is in this kind of form she is one of the best players in the world, will she keep up this level in Doha?

Agnieszka Radwanska has made a mediocre start to the season and was lucky to sneak through her opening round match in Doha. Radwanska required 10 match points to finally sneak past Mona Barthel 3-6 6-3 7-5. Radwanska’s best tennis seems to be well behind her, it has been a while since we have seen the Pole at her best, perhaps a match-up against an inspired Kvitova will provide the spark Radwanska requires to find her best tennis again.

Kvitova holds a 6-5 head-to-head record over Radwanska. However, it is Radwanska who has won the last 3 matches between the pair. Most recently, Radwanska easily beat Kvitova 6-1 6-1 in New Haven in 2016.

0 responses to “Petra Kvitova vs Agnieszka Radwanska, Doha R2 Preview”

  1. Very, very interesting matchup indeed! I like both players! On paper, based on Petra’s recent form and title, edge in rankings and slight edge in head to head, she’d be favored. Nonetheless, you will definitely carry some doubt into a match against an opponent who has beaten you 4 of the last 5 times you’ve played, so Aga has an edge there. I’m really confused in terms of what to expect here. One thing is for sure, we are going to see just how well Aga is truly playing. If she loses poorly, that really confirms she is far from her best and I would say a huge confidence blow to her. On the other hand, if it’s highly competitive or if Aga wins, I think it may give her the belief she needs to get back to the top. Even though her round one was tense, Aga still produced 3 times as many winners as errors which is a really impressive ratio and 30 winners is a lot for Aga which again is impressive. Some have said her form is well below her best but I’m not sure about that. Her two prior matches against Mona went 3 sets just like this round one. In my opinion, a big part of how well Aga does comes down to her serve. If she’s getting in high first serve percentages and placing it in the corners, it elevates the rest of her game. In the sets she’s struggled in this year, I don’t think she served very well and at times, she’s not hitting deep enough. If Aga can do both, I think she’s going to win the match. Interestingly enough, in their 11 matches, only two went to three sets so I bet this will be a straight set match. We’ll see soon enough!

    • I agree that this would usually be a tricky match-up for Kvitova but given the way Radwanska has been playing I just can’t see her winning this. I don’t think Aga is the player she was when she beat Kvitova on those previous occasions.. she is much weaker these days

  2. My greatest concern determined the outcome. Aga’s first serve percentage was terrible and while her second had reasonable depth at times, it cost her the match. Aga is not a power server, serving around 50%first serve is horrible considering it’s not even a weapon. She could easily have won this match as Kvitova wasn’t her best either. How much longer will Aga play if she is ranked like this? Why she is staying with her coach I do not know. Kerber has the best season of her career and dumped her coach after one average year. Oh well…..glad I like Petra though and hope she wins the title!

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