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?? (16) Petra Kvitova vs ?? Agnieszka Radwanska
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 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.