WTA Finals RR: (4) Petra Kvitova vs (8) Lucie Safarova
Wednesday’s first match from the white group will be an all Czech affair when former champion Petra Kvitova takes on WTA Finals debutant Lucie Safarova. Petra and Lucie both lost their opening group matches on Monday, both ladies arrived in Singapore with question marks surrounding their fitness and form but both played at a decent level despite coming up second best. This match is a must win for both to keep their chances alive at reaching the semi-final stage. Safarova will be looking to claim her first career victory over her compatriot, Petra currently holds a perfect 7-0 head-to-head record over Lucie.
Petra Kvitova suffered a 2-6 6-7 loss to Angelique Kerber in her opening match in Singapore. Kvitova made a slow start to the match and quickly found herself a set down, Petra really raised her level in the second set and had multiple set points in the German’s last service game of the set. Angie would ultimately hold and run away with the match in the decisive tiebreaker. Kvitova is one of only two defending champions in action this week and is competing in her 5th consecutive WTA Finals campaign, she is still a force that shouldn’t be underestimated.
Lucie Safarova is still yet to win a match since New Haven. Safarova lost 3-6 6-7 to Garbine Muguruza in her first match on Monday evening. The match was played at an extremely high standard, arguably the highest quality match of the tournament thus far. Safarova had her opportunities to win the second set but was unable to make the most of critical break point chances and didn’t return particularly well throughout the match. Despite the loss, it was a promising start to the tournament for Safarova given her less than ideal preparation.
Petra Kvitova has a perfect 7-0 head-to-head record over Lucie Safarova. Petra always rises to the occasion when she comes up against a fellow Czech, eager to confirm her positon as the nation’s number 1. Petra and Lucie have played 6 times since the start of 2014, Lucie has always been competitive, pushing Kvitova to a third set on 3 occasions and 5 of the 6 matches have featured a tiebreak. Their most recent clash took place in the New Haven final, Kvitova prevailed 6-7 6-2 6-2, Lucie seemed to run out of gas towards the end of that match.
This could be a real opportunity for Safarova to claim her first career victory over Kvitova. Safarova seems to be getting closer and closer and is bound to eventually defeat Petra. This should be a really close match, I think Safarova is actually better positioned heading into this match, she looks fresher and more relaxed. Lucie is favoured by the surface in this match-up, It’s time for Lucie to finally beat Petra.