Venus Williams vs. Petra Kvitova - 2021 WTA Yarra Valley Classic Second Round
Monday, February 1 2021
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Petra Kvitova looks to dominate the Women’s division in 2021 as she begins her pre-Australian Open preparations as she meets Venus Williams in the second round of the 2021 WTA Yarra Valley Classic. Will Kvitova play at her best from the get go, or will there be the opportunity to cause an upset here by the legend which is Venus Williams?
Petra Kvitova is one of the best players on the WTA Tour in all aspects of her game. Both her, and Karolina Pliskova, have very similar games which allow them to push their opponents off the court and win points quickly. Kvitova has been improving over the last 2 years after she had some time off due to injury, however, she is ready to dominate the WTA Tour in 2021. Kvitova knows that this tournament will be a very important opportunity for her to get some solid minutes under here belt to best prepare her for the Australian Open, where her key focus will be. Can she grab this title in fashionable style, or will we see some issues in her game?
Venus Williams cruised through her first round match here against Rus, beating the Dutch star 6-1/6-3. Williams has played two matches within the last 3 days as she also participated at the ‘A Day at the Drive’ tennis exhibition, and although she is 40 years old, the American still has the talent, skill, and athleticism required to compete with the best in the WTA Tour. However, Williams now meets Petra Kvitova, a tough step up in competition, will she be able to cause the upset here?
This is going to be the third meeting between both players, with Venus Williams leading the head to head 2-0. If Petra Kvitova comes out here playing her best, this match is not even going to be a contest, and to be honest, that is what I believe is going to happen. Kvitova is getting herself back in the elite of the world of tennis, and 2021 is going to be a very important season for her. Venus Williams was playing much better than she is now, although she is still playing extremely well, when she beat Kvitova twice before. However, Kvitova has stepped up her game in the last couple of years and I expect Kvitova to get this match done in straight sets, and get some momentum going for her to compete both here and at the Australian Open.