Petra Kvitova vs Catherine Bellis, Stanford QF Preview

#BOTWClassic, ??? Stanford QF Preview + Prediction
(2/wc) ?? Petra Kvitova vs (8) ?? Catherine Bellis

The fourth and final quarter-final of the day at the Bank of the West Classic sees a resurgent Petra Kvitova come up against American, rising star: Catherine Bellis. Kvitova and Bellis both claimed straight set wins on Thursday and will each enter Friday’s quarter-final with a point to prove. It would be a significant achievement for Bellis if she were to defeat a player on Kvitova’s calibre at this stage of her career whilst every match is important for Kvitova at this stage of her comeback in the lead up to the final Grand Slam of the year.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action during her second round match at the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

After a surprisingly early exit from Wimbledon, Kvitova decided to begin her U.S Open series early by taking a wild card into the Bank of the West Classic. Kvitova made a great start on Thursday with a commanding 6-2 6-2 win over Kateryna Bondarenko. Kvitova played some outstanding tennis at times in her win over Bondarenko, more of the same will be required if she is to get past an in-form Catherine Bellis.

Bellis began her Stanford campaign with an impressive 6-3 6-2 demolition of Alize Cornet before scrapping her way past Veronica Cepede Royg with a 7-6 6-2 win. Bellis is one of the most promising young players on tour, her next step will be to make an impact at the business end of big tournaments, Friday’s quarter-final against Kvitova in Stanford is an opportunity for Bellis to take that step.

Catherine Bellis of the United States in action during her second round match at the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

This will be the first career meeting between Kvitova and Bellis. Despite the American’s strong form in the early rounds, I have to give the edge to Kvitova here. I suspect Kvitova will have too much firepower for Bellis. Kvitova’s serve is steadier, and she has more to her game from the baseline. If Kvitova is sharp, she will win this one quite comfortably.

Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Catherine Bellis in 2 sets


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