Petra Kvitova, the seventh seed from Czech Republic, will face Madison Key’s conqueror Maria Sakkari in the fourth round of the 2020 Australian Open on Sunday, January 26. The match has not yet been scheduled. You can find the Petra Kvitova v Maria Sakkari live streaming options along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Petra Kvitova v Maria Sakkari Head to Head
Kvitova and Sakkari have met three times (all in 2019), and surprisingly it is the young Greek who has a winning record, winning in two of those matches.
Kvitova Into Second Week For Only Fourth Time
Petra Kvitova did finish runner-up last year at the Australian Open, but her record at the first Grand Slam of the year is modest to say the least especially for a player who has been ranked as high as World No.2 and amassed 27 titles.
Kvitova has made 10 trips before this year to Melbourne in her career, but managed to make the second week on three occasions. Apart from the aforementioned finalist finish in 2019, she made one semifinal and a quarterfinal, and the rest were a handful of first round and second round exits.
The Czech left-hander is looking to change that narrative this fortnight. She is yet to drop a set in three matches and dismantled the powerful Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova – a player in peak form after winning in Shenzhen – in straight sets in just 58 minutes.
Her decision to withdraw from Adelaide shortly after reaching the semifinal in Brisbane, looks to be a smart one. She looks refreshed and energized for a deep run at the Australian Open.
Sakkari Registered An Upset Over Keys
Maria Sakkari achieved a Grand Slam breakthrough after upsetting the number ten seed Madison Keys of United States 6-4 6-4 in the third round.
Sakkari had fallen in the third round stage of a slam on seven previous occasions, but she finally snapped her fourth-round hoodoo. The 23-year-old is now the lone Greek standing in singles draw following Stefanos Tsitsipas’ shock exit to Milos Raonic on Friday.
Sakkari credits the results in Melbourne to the off-season preparations she had with her coach Tom Hill. She is playing with newfound confidence and belief, and her persistence paid off as she achieved a significant break while playing her 17th main draw appearance in a major.
Petra Kvitova v Maria Sakkari Predictions & Tips
Kvitova will be tested here against a player in unfamiliar waters. There is no doubt that nerves are set to kick in for Sakkari, but don’t expect her to be overawed by the occasion. But in saying that, I am not sure what the Greek will do if Kvitova plays like she did in her previous round. Sakkari doesn’t possess the firepower to make life difficult for a zoned-in Kvitova, and if the Czech brings her A-game it is hard to see not coasting to the quarterfinal.
Tip: Kvitova to win in straight sets: 11/10 (Click here to get these odds with Unibet)