Petra Kvitova vs Sorana Cirstea - 2021 Australian Open Women's Singles Second Round
Tuesday February 9th, 2021 / 9:15pm EST
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Ninth seed Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic faces unseeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea in the Second Round of the 2021 Australian Open in Melbourne. The match is scheduled to be played on Tuesday February 9th, 2021 at approximately 9:15pm EST. They have played each other seven times, with Kvitova leading the head to head by 5 wins to 2.
Will Kvitova continue that streak and cruise into the Third Round or can Cirstea defeat her for the third time?
Petra Kvitova is a former Finalist here and can be considered a contender for the title here. She has not been at her best in recent months but is still a top 10 player at #9. She was impressive in her First Round win over Greet Minnen in straight sets and will be very confident of advancing here over an opponent that she knows very well. She has a huge serve and groundstrokes, and can overpower and dominate anyone from the baseline. She has struggled with fitness issues recently and does not have much tennis under her belt so it will be interesting if she can build some momentum here and get herself into form. If she is serving well she has a good chance of advancing deep into the tournament so that is the key for her here.
Sorana Cirstea is a veteran of the WTA Tour and is currently ranked #68, a far cry from her career high of #21. She is an extremely solid and consistent baseline player but lacks a true weapon that will be needed against a player of Kvitova's caliber. She can struggle at times with her serve so she knows that cannot be the case if she is to have a chance here. She cruised to a routine win against her compatriot Patricia Maria Tig in the First Round, only losing three games. She enters this match as the underdog but knows that she has a chance if she plays well.
It is hard to call this match as both players have not been in great form recently, but everything points towards Kvitova winning here. She simply has much more upside than her opponent and seems to be rounding into form here. She will be keen on making a deep run here and I don't expect Cirstea to be able to stop her. Petra Kvitova to win in two tight sets.