Elina Svitolina vs. Petra Kvitova
|Date & Time||Sunday October 21, 2018, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
The Line: Svitolina +124 / Kvitova -145 -- Over/Under:
Petra Kvitova and Elina Svitolina meet in the round robin stages of the 2018 tennis WTA Finals.
Petra Kvitova enters this tournament losing three of her last four matches and is coming off a performance in which she won just 43 percent of her total service points and was broken six times. Kvitova clearly isn’t in the best of forms, but she’s made it out of the round robin stages of the WTA Finals in three of her five appearances, and that includes making the final in 2016 and winning this tournament in 2011. Kvitova certainly shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if she can regain her serve. It doesn’t take much for Kvitova to find her confidence and start hitting the ball with tremendous pace. Kvitova has won her last five matches on indoor hard court.
Elina Svitolina enters this tournament losing four of her last six matches and is coming off a loss in Hong Kong in which she won 44 percent of her service points and was broken five times. Svitolina has really been hit or miss since winning the Italian Open back in May, and she’s had some of her most bizarre losses in the bigger tournaments. With just five matches under her belt since the US Open, it’s going to be interesting to see what type of form Svitolina is working with. It won’t take long at all to see if Svitolina is a worthy contender in what seems to be a wide open field this year. Svitolina made the WTA Finals for the first time ever last year and was bounced in the round robin stages. Svitolina has lost two of her last three matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played eight times and Kvitova has won seven of those meetings. The most recent match was in Doha of this year, a match Kvitova won in straight sets. The only Svitolina time has beaten Kvitova was in Cincinnati of 2014, the first ever meeting between these two players. Seven of the eight matches have been decided in straight sets.
Both of these players have had their struggles recently, but it’s fair to say Svitolina is in worse shape considering her issues go back much further and she hasn’t played much recently. There’s also the glaring head to head history, as Svitolina has won just one of eight matches against Kvitova and is 3-14 in sets played overall.
I have no choice but to side with Kvitova in this match.