Petra Kvitova vs. Amanda Anisimova
|Date & Time||Saturday January 19, 2019, 7:00 PM (EST)|
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Petra Kvitova and Amanda Anisimova meet in the fourth round of the 2019 tennis Australian Open.
Petra Kvitova is coming off a straight sets win over Belinda Bencic that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Kvitova won 86 percent of her first serve points and 64 percent of her second serve points. Kvitova won 80 percent of her total service points and saved both of her break points in a win that lasted barely an hour. Kvitova has yet to drop a set this tournament and has blown her opponents off the court with her power and her serve. With her title in Sydney, this is the best Kvitova has played since her incident when she cut her hand. Kvitova hopes to make her 11th career grand slam quarterfinal and first quarterfinal at the Australian Open since 2012. Kvitova has won nine of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Amanda Anisimova is coming off a straight sets win over Aryna Sabalenka that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Anisimova won 80 percent of her first serve points and 53 percent of her second serve points. Anisimova won 71 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her 11 break points. Anisimova has been the clear surprise of the tournament on the women’s side, as she entered this tournament with zero grand slam victories and is now in the fourth round after dominating a top-15 player in the world. With just 28 unforced errors in her last four sets, Anisimova has to be riding a wave of confidence and like where she’s at with her game early in the season. Anisimova hopes to make her first ever grand slam quarterfinal at just 17 years old. Anisimova has won five of her last seven matches on hard court.
These two have played once, which was in Indian Wells last year, a match Anisimova won in straight sets. The match took 18 games to be decided.
Anisimova has one career win over a top-10 player and it came against Kvitova, so let’s not write off the young American just yet. Anisimova isn’t piling up the unforced errors the way she did in her opening match and she’s been attacking the return with confidence. With that said, Kvitova is going to win this match in straight sets, as she’s not the player she was when these two previously met. Kvitova is back to blowing her opponents off the court and serving at an elite level. This is also the time in the tournament when the young surprise players run out of gas.
Kvitova wins this match in straight sets.