Caroline Garcia vs. Petra Kvitova
|Date & Time||Monday March 25, 2019, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
Hard Rock Stadium
Miami Gardens, Florida
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Caroline Garcia and Petra Kvitova meet in the fourth round of the 2019 tennis Miami Open.
Caroline Garcia is coming off a straight sets win over Julia Goerges that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Garcia won 80 percent of her first serve points and 67 percent of her second serve points. Garcia won 76 percent of her total service points and saved all six of her break points. Garcia won the first seven games of her match and has looked very impressive through her first two matches, dropping a combined 12 games in her first four sets. Garcia has a chance to win three straight matches in a single tournament for the first time since winning the Tianjin Open in October. Garcia hopes to make the quarterfinals of a Premier Mandatory for the fourth time in her career, her first ever in the Miami Open. Garcia has split her last six matches on outdoor hard court.
Petra Kvitova is coming off a three sets win over Donna Vekic that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Kvitova won 68 percent of her first serve points and 41 percent of her second serve points. Kvitova won 56 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 20 break points. Kvitova has bounced back nicely after entering this tournament on back-to-back losses, and while her serve could use some work, she’s given herself 25 break points through her first five sets. Kvitova hopes to make the fourth round of a Premier Mandatory for the sixth time since 2016. Kvitova has won six of her last eight matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have split the previous six matches with Garcia winning the most recent match in Beijing in 2017. In fact, Garcia has won three of the last four meetings against Kvitova, with the only loss during that span coming in the 2017 US Open. Five of the six matches overall have been decided in straight sets.
Garcia is capable of winning this match and owns the recent head to head, but she’s also had issues lately sustaining her level of play and can drop some really poor performances out of nowhere. Kvitova has been one of the most consistent players to start the season on the women’s side and seems to have found her form after some recent hiccups.
I like Kvitova to advance to the quarterfinals in Miami.