Donna Vekic vs. Petra Kvitova
|Date & Time||Friday February 1, 2019, 2:30 AM (EST)|
Saint Petersburg, Russia
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Donna Vekic and Petra Kvitova meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis St. Petersburg.
Donna Vekic is coming off a straight sets win over Veronika Kudermetova that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Vekic won 85 percent of her first serve points and 69 percent of her second serve points. Vekic won 79 percent of her total services lints and converted on seven of her nine break points. Vekic has now produced 12 breaks in this tournament and her first serve seems to improve each match. Vekic gives herself a shot if she continues to get her first serve in play at a high percentage. Vekic hopes to win three matches in a single tournament for the second time in her last three tries. Vekic has six career wins over top-10 players, with one of those victories coming this year against Kiki Bertens. Vekic has won four of her last five matches on indoor hard court.
Petra Kvitova is coming off a straight sets win over Victoria Azarenka that took 21 games to decide. In the victory, Kvitova won 67 percent of her first serve points and 17 percent of her second serve points. Kvitova won 54 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 10 break points. Kvitova won just three of her 18 second serve points and was broken four times. Give credit to Azarenka for putting up a fight, but you have to question if fatigue is starting to catch up to Kvitova, as she’s already played 15 matches in 2019. The Kvitova we saw in Australia had her serve dialed in and wasn’t as sloppy with her shots as she was in her previous match. Kvitova has lost three of her last four matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played once, which was in the 2014 Miami Open, a match Kvitova won in straight sets. The match took 19 games to be decided.
This is certainly a match Vekic can win if Kvitova isn’t sharper with her serve. However, Kvitova has shown enough this season to earn the benefit of the doubt, as she’s been the hottest player to start the new year and has blown opponents off the court for the most part. As long as Kvitova is hitting her spots and using the whole court with confidence, Vekic is going to have trouble hitting with her. There’s also a bit of rest between matches here, which should obviously help Kvitova, who has played a ton.
I’ll once again back Kvitova in straight sets, something that's been extremely profitable these past weeks.