Petra Kvitova vs. Kiki Bertens
|Date & Time||Thursday May 9, 2019, 3:30 PM (EDT)|
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Petra Kvitova and Kiki Bertens meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Madrid Open.
Petra Kvitova is coming off a straight sets win over Caroline Garcia that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Kvitova won 86 percent of her first serve points and 67 percent of her second serve points. Kvitova won 79 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her five break points. Kvitova has now won each of her last seven matches and each of her last nine sets. It’s fair to say this is best Kvitova we’ve ever seen, and it won’t be long before she’s the top ranked player in the world if she stays in this form. Kvitova has everything working at the moment and has been broken just once in her last three sets. Kvitova has 54 career wins over top-10 players and two of those wins have come this year. Kvitova has won 15 of her last 16 matches on clay court.
Kiki Bertens is coming off a straight sets win over Anastasija Sevastova that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Bertens won 92 percent of her first serve points and 40 percent of her second serve points. Bertens won 78 percent of her total service points and converted on five of her 13 break points. Bertens got 72 percent of her first serves in play, dropped just two first serve points and didn’t face a single break point. It was simply a dominating performance from Bertens, who has now won 11 of her last 13 sets and nine of her last 11 victories have been decided in straight sets. Bertens has quietly been one of the hotter players on the women’s side these past couple of months. Bertens has 16 career wins over top-10 players and two of those wins have come this year. Bertens has won seven of her last nine matches on clay court.
These two have played five times and Kvitova has won three of those matches, including the most recent match this year in Stuttgart. Kvitova is 2-0 against Bertens on clay. Three of the five matches have gone the distance.
You could make a strong case for either of these players given their current form, as these are probably the two hottest players at the moment. The difference for me is that Kvitova has been slightly more consistent with her serve and just beat Bertens less than two weeks ago on clay. The match was competitive until Kvitova won the final set in seven games, and she also won nine percent more of her service points. I’m not trying to step in front of Kvitova right now, who is making a push for being the top ranked player in the world.
Tight, competitive match that could go either way, but Kvitova should be favored.