Petra Kvitova vs Alize Cornet, U.S Open R2 Preview

US Open, ????? R2 Preview + Prediction
(13) ?? Petra Kvitova vs ?? Alize Cornet

An interesting second round clash from New York on Wednesday sees the 13th seeded Petra Kvitova take on Alize Cornet in what looms as a potential upset. Kvitova and Cornet both advanced to the second round at the U.S Open with tough straight set wins, Kvitova defeated Jelena Jankovic 7-5 7-5 whilst Cornet defeated Heather Watson 6-4 6-4.Surprisingly, this will be just the second meeting between the pair. Kvitova won their only previous match in straight sets at the U.S Open in 2012 (also at the second round stage of the event) 

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Kvitova and Cornet have both had injury interrupted seasons and will both be desperate for a deep run in New York. This will be a hotly contested match. Clearly, Kvitova has far more firepower both from the baseline and behind her serve. However, Cornet has the defensive skills and variety that can unsettle Kvitova. Both players have been pretty inconsistent over the last few months making this match hard to predict. I’m going to go for the upset here, Kvitova has a poor record in New York and Cornet will be a frustrating opponent. If Cornet can get into enough extended rallies, she can test the fitness of Kvitova and eek out enough errors to claim a hard-fought win.

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Prediction: Alize Cornet to defeat Petra Kvitova in 3 sets

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