World number 12 Petra Kvitova will take on the 70th-ranked Romanian Irina Camelia-Begu in the first round of the 2020 US Open. This match will be played on Monday, August 31 with the match to begin at around 1 pm local time (6 pm BST). Get the live streaming options of this Petra Kvitova v Irina Camelia-Begu match along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Petra Kvitova v Irina Camelia-Begu Head to Head
There have been four previous meetings between Kvitova and Begu before this and the Czech player has won each time. It started at the Madrid Open in 2015 where Kvitova won the quarterfinal in straight sets before she made it 2-0 at the French Open that year in the third round.
This was followed by the St. Petersburg Open where Begu finally managed to take a set off Kvitova but at the Australian Open last year Kvitova dropped just four games in making it 4-0 on head to head.
Kvitova Fell in Cincinnati Opener
There were question-marks over Kvitova’s participating in the American leg of competitions but in the end she made it to the country and participated in the Western & Southern Open in New York last week. And she looked to have made a solid start to the competition with an easy first set win over fellow Czech Marie Bouzkova.
Unfortunately for the Czech she fell away after that, as Bouzova regained control of the match and won 2-6, 7-5, 6-2.
Even during the pandemic break, Kvitova did not have the most solid of performances other than at the President’s Cup where she won three matches to win the title. An opening loss on clay followed before she went down in the final of the bett1 Aces competition on grass.
The pandemic break has obviously killed off a major chunk of the calendar but between 2011 and 2019, there hasn’t been a single year Kvitova hasn’t won a WTA title. Can she help herself to a deep run here to help her regain some of her confidence and guide her to a title at some point.
Begu With the Indian Wells $125k Title
She was once ranked 22nd in the world but by February this season had fallen to 119th because of a poor showing last season. Begu had finished 2019 on a 23-24 win-loss record and for the first time since 2013 ended the season outside the top 100 of the WTA rankings.
This season, the former world number 22 Begu has managed to recapture some of her previous form. Opening round losses at the Shenzhen Open and Australian Open forced her to get back to the basics and participating in the Cairo ITF competition and the Indian Wells Challenger, she won the titles at both.
In fact, at the latter, she defeated some of the other players in the 50-100-rank bracket in straight sets en route her title.
Since the return of the sport, Begu has only played on clay though – an opening loss at Palermo and semifinal at Prague – which could be a problem switching over to hard court surfaces. And against a player of the pedigree of Kvitova.
Petra Kvitova v Irina Camelia-Begu Prediction & Tip
Kvitova starts off as a favourite as you would expect but we could see bit of a fight from Begu. Will we see a third set? Probably not, but expecting two hard-fought sets all the same.
Tip: Over 20.5 games in the match: 4/5 (bet365)