World number five Elina Svitolina will be up against the 10th-ranked Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinal of the 2021 WTA Stuttgart Open on Friday, April 23. Get the live streaming options of this Petra Kvitova v Elina Svitolina match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Petra Kvitova v Elina Svitolina Head to Head
This is a fascinating rivalry which has seen a total of 11 matches played between each other and Kvitova leads 7-3 in it. Incidentally Svitolina has come into her own in recent times with two wins in their last two matches, including one as recently as Miami Open in March.
The interesting bit? None of these 11 matches were played on clay.
Kvitova Stretched by Sakkari
Maria Sakkari has been a doughty competitor and was always expected to pose a challenge to Kvitova but it was the experience of the 10th-ranked, former Wimbledon winner which saw it out. Kvitova won 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 in two and a half hours to proceed into the quarterfinal of a tournament she had won the last time it was played.
Enduring a solid serve from Sakkari which saw eight aces and a 71% first serve percentage, Kvitova also saved 13 of the 16 break-points she faced in the entire match. As compared to that, she broke Sakkari four times, including at one of the most crucial junctures in the final set.
With Sakkari serving at 3-4 in the third set, Kvitova missed out on three breaking opportunities before hammering in at the fourth to get herself into a position to serve for the match. And off the second match-point she converted it to finally scrape past her opponent.
Kvitova had earlier already faced a stiff opponent in the form of Jennifer Brady and her run of difficult opposition continues well into the tournament as she now takes on the world number five.
Svitolina Shuts Out Kerber
In her only previous outing at the Stuttgart Open, which came in 2018, Svitolina had made it as far as the quarterfinals and with one win here she has managed to emulate that. Svitolina, who had a first round bye in this competition, came through in straight sets against Angelique Kerber to set up this meeting with Kvitova.
The Ukrainian number one won 7-6 (4), 6-3 in an hour and 37 minutes to move past the former Grand Slam winner.
The first set was an up and down affair with Svitolina first going a break up, dropping her serve next game and then repeating the same again for the second time just two games later. At 5-5, Svitolina then missed out on three break-points before taking the set into a tie-breaker and converting it eventually off her first set-point.
It became a lot easier for Svitolina in the second, who broke Kerber in the fourth game, had another chance to do that in the sixth but then served it out without any difficulties in the ninth game.
With that kind of a performance in her first match on clay this year, it’s safe to say Svitolina will be a tough nut to crack going forward from here. Even for a player like Kvitova.
Kvitova v Svitolina Prediction and Tip
It’s a matter of Kvitova’s experience taking on the talent of Svitolina and while the latter is 7/4 to win this, we would have to consider the possibility of that happening. The games handicap market looks tempting enough too at Svitoline +3.5, as done the less risky Svitolina to win a set.
Tip: Svitolina to win a set – Yes: 4/6 (bet365)