Kerber vs. Kvitova
|Date & Time||Monday April 23, 2018, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Petra Kvitova and Angelique Kerber meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis Stuttgart Open.
Petra Kvitova has split her last six matches since winning the Qatar Open and is coming off a tough three set loss to Kristyna Pliskova in Charleston. Still, Kvitova is off to an impressive start this season and has had a great deal of success with her return when she’s winning. Heck, even in her most recent loss, Kvitova won 46 percent of her return points, it was the six double faults and unforced errors that led to such a result. As long as Kvitova can serve well and not give away points, she’s going to be a threat in this tournament. Kvitova has split her last six matches on indoor clay court.
Angelique Kerber hasn’t played since making the quarterfinals in the Miami Masters and is now 21-5 this season overall. Kerber is showing flashes of her 2016 season, as she’s serving at a high level and spraying winners across the court. Kerber has won 12 of her last 17 sets and has to like the position she’s in overall as she gears up for a bounce back run at the French Open. Kerber should also have a little extra pep in her step given that she’s won the Stuttgart Open in two of the last three years. Kerber has won nine of her last 10 matches on indoor clay court.
These two have split their previous 10 meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Wuhan Open, a match Kvitova won in three sets. Kerber, however, has won three of the last four meetings against Kvitova. Kerber is also 2-1 against Kvitova on clay. Seven of the last nine matches have gone the distance.
Kvitova can never be counted out due to her power game and her fighting spirit. Most of the matches between these two players are long three setters. With that said, you can’t bet against Kerber. Not only has she had the most consistent season up to this point and has won three of the last four matches against Kvitova, but she’s playing in a tournament she’s won two of the last three years. Kvitova has little experience on indoor clay courts.
I like Kerber to advance.