Petra Kvitova vs. Venus Williams
|Date & Time||Saturday March 9, 2019, 3:00 PM (EST)|
Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Indian Wells, California
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Petra Kvitova and Venus Williams meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Indian Wells.
Petra Kvitova is coming off a final appearance in Dubai, a match she wasn’t able to close out, but she’s made the final in two of her last three tournaments. Kvitova is clearly back to being the player she was before her incident, and you can argue she’s playing the best tennis of her career. Kvitova is using the whole court, spraying winners and has been very consistent with her first serve. Kvitova has to be considered one of the players who can honestly win this tournament given her current form. Kvitova has also made the quarterfinal in two of her last four trips to Indian Wells. Kvitova has won eight of her last 10 matches on outdoor hard court.
Venus Williams is coming off a three sets win over Andrea Petkovic that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Venus won 61 percent of her first serve points and 41 percent of her second serve points. Venus won 53 percent of her total service points and converted on six of her 15 break points. Venus was able to dig deep in her victory despite not serving well and losing the second set 0-6. Venus has now won eight of her last 11 matches and usually plays her best tennis on American soil these days, so she can’t be counted out. However, the unforced errors and lack of consistent serve is worrisome. Venus has won five of her last seven matches on outdoor hard court.
These two have played six times and Kvitova has won four of those matches. The most recent meeting was in the 2017 US Open, a match Venus won in three sets. Before that, Kvitova won the previous three matches and is 3-2 against Venus on hard court. All six matches between these two have gone the distance.
As I previously said, Venus can never be counted out on American soil, as she has the crowd behind her and can find an extra boost of energy when things aren’t going well. However, the unforced errors and subpar service game usually doesn’t flay when playing top tier players, and Kvitova is playing some of the best tennis of her life. Venus can get away with it against players who aren’t used to the big stage, but Kvitova will roll easily if that play carries over to this match.
Kvitova wins, and this could be the first meeting between these two that is decided in straight sets.