Petra Kvitova vs. Belinda Bencic
|Date & Time||Saturday February 23, 2019, 11:00 AM (EST)|
Aviation Club Tennis Centre
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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Petra Kvitova and Belinda Bencic meet in the final of the 2019 tennis Dubai.
Petra Kvitova is coming off a three sets win over Su-Wei Hsieh that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Kvitova won 62 percent of her first serve points and 60 percent of her second serve points. Kvitova won 61 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her 11 break points. Kvitova has won two matches this tournament after dropping the first set and has played 11 sets to get to this point. Kvitova can certainly be better with her serve and must clean up the double faults, but her return has been on point and she’s been using the whole court with confidence. Kvitova looks to win her second title of the year and the 27th title of her career. Kvitova has won eight of her last nine final appearances overall and is 18-6 in final appearances on hard court. Kvitova has won 15 of her last 16 matches on outdoor hard court.
Belinda Bencic is coming off a three sets win over Elina Svitolina that took 30 games to decide. In the victory, Bencic won 59 percent of her first serve points and 62 percent of her second serve points. Bencic won 60 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 12 break points. Bencic is still struggling with her serve, but she’s been able to grind out three straight three set matches and fought off match points to seal the comeback upset. Bencic is capable of playing better, but she’s been solid with her return and manages to win the big points, so you can’t argue with the success at this point. Bencic has now won each of her last five matches that have gone the distance. Bencic looks to win her first title since the 2015 Rogers Cup and the third title of her career. Bencic has lost three straight final appearances overall and is 2-5 in final appearances for her career. Bencic is 1-4 in final appearances on hard court. Bencic has won seven of her last eight matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played three times and Kvitova has won all of those matches. The most recent match was in this years Australian Open, a match Bencic won in straight sets. The other two matches were in the 2013 Fed Cup and Tokyo in 2013. All three matches were decided in straight sets.
Bencic is lucky to be here if we’re being honest, as she’s had issues with her serve all tournament and was a game away from being bounced in the semifinals. Svitolina simply forgot how to serve with the match on her racket. Kvitova is playing arguably the best tennis of her life and is already in her third final appearance of the year. While she’s more mature than she’s been in past years, Bencic also has a history of coming up small in final appearances.
Kvitova is the easier player to trust and is playing better, more consistent tennis. Look for Kvitova to win her second title of the year.