Simona Halep vs Petra Kvitova, Fed Cup Preview

Fed Cup WG1 R1: Simona Halep vs Petra Kvitova

A blockbuster clash on Sunday in Cluj-Napoca sees Simona Halep come up against Petra Kvitova. The World Group 1 tie between Romania and the Czech Republic is level at 1 win apiece heading into this crucial clash which will go a long way to deciding which nation emerges victorious. Both Simona and Petra suffered disappointing losses on Saturday in the first singles matches and therefore will be extremely desperate to record a victory here.

 

Simona Halep has postponed surgery to her nose in order to compete in this crucial Fed Cup tie for Romania. However, Simona was unable to make the kind of contribution she would have expected on Saturday in the opening rubber of the tie, succumbing to Karolina Pliksova 7-6 4-6 2-6. It was Simona’s first ever loss to Pliskova, the world number 3 won all 3 of their previous encounters in straight sets. Simona was extremely emotional throughout the match which seemed to be one of her biggest problems especially towards the end of the second and third sets. It will be interesting to see how Simona responds when she comes up against a fired up Petra Kvitova on Sunday.

After Pliskova defeated Halep in the opening rubber the tie seemed almost over as it seemed a formality that Kvitova would beat Niculescu and give the Czech’s a 2-0 lead. However, Kvitova produced an erratic performance and was unable to adjust to Niculescu’s unorthodox game suffering a shock 3-6 4-6 loss. Petra usually performs so well when she is representing the Czech Republic at the Fed Cup, she has now lost two Fed Cup rubbers in a row after she lost against Sharapova in the Fed Cup Final last year and will head into Sunday’s important rubber desperate to turn things around.

 

Simona Halep holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over Petra Kvitova. The Romanian defeated Kvitova in straight sets in the New Haven final back in 2013 and recorded a three set victory over the Czech in Madrid in 2014. This will be a very different clash under very different circumstances and I expect to see a different result.

Petra Kvitova is a proven champion and will highly likely bounce back with a vastly improved performance after a disappointing loss on Saturday. Whilst Simona Halep often struggles under pressure and I am less confident that she can reverse her poor form. I can see that this is a troublesome match-up for Kvitova when she is not playing well but I expect her to really come out firing on Sunday, this is the type of match that she often plays her best tennis.

Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Simona Halep in 2 sets

0 responses to “Simona Halep vs Petra Kvitova, Fed Cup Preview”

  1. I always really like your predictions and comments but i think halep will win in 2 because kvitova is playing so emberassing bad. So many unforced errors :O i will expect a 6:3 6:2 win but i doesnt like simona. She has somethink what i dont like. So i not say she will wim because i am a big fan of her

  2. I watched the match – Kvitova vs Niculescu. I think any top 100 players can beat Kvitova at this stage. Czec should play Allertova instead of her. Simona is not in good form but Kvitova is in the worst form. Simona Halep in 2. WTAaddict tries to predict the impossible again.

    I am guessing tonight they will play Allertova because she has beaten Halep in Guangzhou Open 2015.

    • Kvitova is not one to give up, there is no way she will not play unless she is injured or sick. Halep’s form is no better than Kvitova’s. This is a new match, form means little in a match like this. Kvitova will win.

  3. Please be realistic. They play in Romania not Czech. Simona H2H is 2-0. If Niculescu can beat Kvitova, Simona will beat her easily even she is not in good form.

    Be very careful if you want to follow WTA addict prediction. Good luck!

  4. The betting companies are not stupid. They have people working around the world to analyse the court speed, player conditions and so on before deciding the odds. You want to back up your prediction for the Fed Cup, therefore, you predict Kvitova to win tonight.

    You may have 10% chance if the real Kvitova shows up but it is unlikely. Simona will beat her the third time in 2 or 3 sets.

  5. Wtaaddict was just backing up their orig prediction of which team would win the Fed Cup. Completely clueless thinking Halep would lose.

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