Petra Kvitova vs Jessica Pegula - WTA Qatar Open Semi-Final
Friday March 5th, 2021 / 11:00am EST
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Fourth seeded Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic faces unseeded American Jessica Pegula in a highly anticipated Semi-Final clash at the 2021 Qatar Open WTA Event in Doha. The match is scheduled to be played on Friday March 5th, 2021 at 11:00am EST. They have played once before in their careers, with Kvitova winning on that occasion. Who will win and advance to their first final of 2021?
World number 10 Petra Kvitova is one of the best players in the world when in form but she has had a tough start to the 2021 season. Once ranked as high as #4, she has had early round losses both in Adelaide and at the Australian Open and will be breathing a sigh of relief to be in the Semi-Finals here, finally finding some form. She has played well so far here in Doha, with a comprehensive win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in the Round of 16 before surviving a very close match with against the in-form Anett Kontaveit in three sets. She has been serving very well, which is her main strength, and also being very aggressve from the baseline. She enters this match as the firm favorite against the American Pegula, but will be very wary of her opponent's red-hot form.
Jessica Pegula is currently ranked a career high #43 in the world and has had an outstanding start to the 2021 season, announcing herself on the world stage. She reached the Quarter-Finals at the Australian Open and has been fantastic here so far, coming through the Qualifying Event with ease before upsetting Jelena Ostapenko and Karolina Pliskova to reach the Semis. She plays an attacking brand of tennis and will be very confident here after the week she's had. The only thing working against her is the amount of time she has spent on court thus far, which is by far more than any other player left in the draw. If fatigue is not a factor, she is more than capable of her third straight upset.
This match has the potential to be a thriller. Kvitova is the bigger name but Pegula is the more in-form player and I see her getting yet another upset here. Expect three sets in the match with the American eventually coming out on top and reaching her first WTA Final.