Kristina Mladenovic vs. Petra Kvitova
|Date & Time||Thursday August 16, 2018, 6:00 PM (EDT)|
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Petra Kvitova and Kristina Mladenovic meet in the third round of the tennis Cincinnati Open.
Petra Kvitova is coming off a three sets win over Serena Williams that took 26 games to decide. In the victory, Kvitova won 67 percent of her first serve points and 63 percent of her second serve points. Kvitova won 65 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her 10 break points. Kvitova was in control for majority of the match and did a good job of abusing her opponents second serve. Kvitova entered this tournament in shaky form with losses in three of her last four matches, but her recent performance could be enough to get her on track. Kvitova hopes to make the quarterfinals of a WTA Premier 5 Tournament for the third time since 2016. Kvitova has won seven of her last 10 matches on hard court.
Kristina Mladenovic is coming off a straight sets win over Viktoria Kuzmova that took 15 games to decide. In the victory, Mladenovic won 92 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Mladenovic won 74 percent of her total service points and hit eight aces in her victory. Mladenovic lost just two of 24 first serve points and won the last seven games of the match. Mladenovic now has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since St. Petersburg of this year. Mladenovic has a chance to make the quarterfinal of a WTA Premier Mandatory for the third time in her career. Mladenovic has lost four of her last six matches on hard court.
Kvitova has won four of the last five meetings against , which includes the most recent match back in February of this year in Russia. Each of the last five meetings between these two players have been decided in straight sets.
Mladenovic is certainly no slouch and has a chance here if she can continue to serve at such a high level. The problem is Kvitova is such a great returner and is clearly seeing the ball well based on her last match. Kvitova has also owned the head to head, which includes four straight sets victories.
Hard to bet against Kvitova in this match.