The third round of the 2019 China Open will feature Czech star Petra Kvitova locking horns with the Swiss Belinda Bencic, on Wednesday, October 2. The match will start after 6:00 pm local time (11:00 am BST) and here, you will find the Petra Kvitova v Belinda Bencic live streaming options with the tips, preview, and head to head stats.
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Petra Kvitova v Belinda Bencic Head to Head
Kvitova holds a 3-1 lead over the Swiss, last beating her in the Australian Open earlier this year. However, the ladies also met in the final of the WTA Dubai, where Bencic defeated Kvitova to win her first singles title in more than two years.
Bencic, Going Strong
Starting with Su-Wei Hsieh in the opener, Belinda Bencic has kick started her run in Beijing on a terrific note. After dispatching the Taiwan born player in straight sets, she moved past Venus Williams in the second round.
Currently ranked World No. 10, it has been a long climb for the Swiss, who has spent the better parts of last two seasons struggling a lot with her form. But this season, she has completely turned it all around. With a win-loss tally of 42-18, she has had a few brilliant runs already and will be eager to continue the same momentum.
For instance, Bencic reached the semifinal in the US Open, Madrid Open, and Indian Wells Open, the final in Mallorca Open, and also won the WTA Dubai. Through her journey, she has knocked out the likes of Angelique Kerber, Naomi Osaka, Donna Vekic, among others to find her place in the top 10 once again. She has also been more or less consistent throughout the year, making her a strong contender on the circuit.
Kvitova, Looking to Rebuild her Traction
Kvitova started her season inside the top 10 and slowly, she moved up in the rankings to become World No. 2. Given the form she was in – the runner-up trophy in the Australian Open and WTA Dubai, and the title runs in Sydney and Stuttgart, many people thought that it was only a matter of time before she becomes World No. 1.
However, fate had a different plan for the two-time Wimbledon champion. Around the start of the clay swing, she succumbed to a lingering arm injury and was consequently forced to withdraw from the French Open. The same injury troubled the Czech through the grass swing and the US Open series as well, and consequently, her rankings dropped significantly in the process.
It wasn’t until Wuhan last week that Kvitova, after a good few months of recovery and re-building her form, finally found her groove. She stormed into the semifinal there where she fell to Alison Riske.
Kvitova v Bencic Tips & Predictions
This is going to be a brilliant match to follow. The two players are very talented and being a part of the top 10, they have more than enough experience to take on the big battles. Expect Kvitova to start as the favourite here but Bencic will be sure to put up a good fight.
Tip: Over 19.5 games in the match 23/25 at 888Sport