Kiki Bertens vs. Petra Kvitova
|Date & Time||Thursday August 9, 2018, 5:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: -- Over/Under:
Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens meet in the third round round of the 2018 tennis Rogers Cup.
Petra Kvitova is coming off a straight sets win over Anett Kontaveit that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Kvitova won 72 percent of her first serve points and 68 percent of her second serve points. Kvitova won 70 percent of her total service points and was broken once on six tries. Kvitova entered this tournament with a couple of hiccups, which included losing in the first round of the Wimbledon, but she looked very strong in her most recent performance. Kvitova showed in Birmingham just how effective she can be at both sides of the court when she’s serving well. Kvitova is a different player when she has her power shots and confidence working. Kvitova has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Kiki Bertens is coming off a straight sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 16 games to decide. In the victory, Bertens won 77 percent of her first serve points and 35 percent of her second serve points. Bertens won 54 percent of her total service points and managed to break on seven of her 14 break points. Bertens has to improve her service percentage if she hopes to advance any further, but she was feisty with the return and has now won seven of her last nine sets. Bertens has now produced a combined 11 breaks in her last two matches, which gives her a chance against anybody in the draw, obviously. Bertens has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the fourth time in her last 10 tries. Bertens has split her last six matches on hard court.
These two have played twice and Kvitova has won both meetings. The most recent match was in this years Madrid Masters, a match Kvitova won in three sets. The other match was in the 2015 Wimbledon. This will be the first ever meeting on hard court.
Bertens hasn’t served well enough to be trusted against upper tier players, and Kvitova looked like the Kvitova who just won titles in her last match. Not to mention the brief history between these two, which includes a match a couple of months ago. As long as Kvitova doesn’t turn into an unforced error machine, she should bully Bertens with her depth and get the job done.
Kvitova reaches the quarterfinals.