Australian tennis player, Ashleigh Barty has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Miami Open where she will face Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic.
Ashleigh Barty enters this match having beaten Kiki Bertens in 3 sets in the previous round. It was a very impressive win for Barty as she came back from losing the opening set to taking the win. During the win, Ashleigh Barty returned serve exceptionally well as she won 44% of her receiving points. Barty broke Kiki Bertens’s serve on 5 occasions and won 79% of her service games to set up the victory. This will be a tougher match for Barty as she is playing the number 3 seed.
On the other side of the court, Petra Kvitova looked very impressive in the previous match as she beat Caroline Garcia in straight sets. Kvitova served exceptionally well as she won 74% of her service points and 100% of her service games. Kvitova was also solid while returning serve as she broke Caroline Garcia’s serve on 3 occasions. It has been an exceptional 2019 season for Petra Kvitova as she won the Sydney International and finished second at the Australian Open and the Dubai Tennis Championship.
Ashleigh Barty and Petra Kvitova have played 4 times in the past with Kvitova winning on all 4 occasions. Kvitova and Barty have played twice this season with the matches being at the Sydney International and the Australian Open.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Petra Kvitova to win this match. Barty has played well in this tournament but she seems to struggle to play against Kvitova. Kvitova has had an exceptional 2019 season and she has already beaten Barty twice this year. With such a record in her favour, I see Petra Kvitova winning this match and earning herself a spot in the semifinal.