World number 12 Petra Kvitova will be up against Russian and 28th-ranked Veronika Kudermetova in the third round of the 2021 Madrid Open on Monday, May 3. Get the live streaming options of this Petra Kvitova v Veronika Kudermetova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Petra Kvitova v Veronika Kudermetova Head to Head
Kvitova and Kudermetova have never faced off in a competitive match before this match in Madrid.
Kvitova Comes Through against Kerber
In a battle of Grand Slam winners, Kvitova was stretched but still managed to come through in straight sets against Angelique Kerber.
Having beaten Marie Bouzkova in her earlier round with her opponent retiring in the second set, Kvitova needed an hour and 23 minutes against her German opponent. She won 6-4, 7-5 to seal her third round berth.
It was Kerber who drew first blood as she went 3-2 up but Kvitova then raced off to win five of her next six games to clinch the set and take a 1-0 lead in the second.
Kerber broke first again in the second set but like in the first, Kvitova broke back to level things off. No more breaking opportunities came either player’s way for the rest of the set till Kerber served to stay in the match at 5-6.
She fell 0-40 behind, saved two match-points but Kvitova finished off the victory off the third.
Kudermetova Continues Killer Run
Kiki Bertens’ return from injury hasn’t been the best and while she is a world number 10, form signs always pointed to Kudermetova starting out as a favourite in their second round encounter.
That’s exactly how it turned out as Kudermetova came through a straight-set win against a fighting Bertens in her second round match. Kudermetova won 6-4, 6-3 in an hour and 21 minutes to extend her excellent run on clay which has seen the Russian win 11 of her last 12 matches on this surface this season.
Kudermetova, who had earlier seen off fellow Russian Elena Vesnina in straight sets too, had come into this tournament on the back of a title win in Charleston and a semifinal appearance in Istanbul where she fell to Elise Mertens.
Here, she fought off an early break of serve to level things out at 4-4 and then broke again as Bertens served to stay in the set. Another early exchange of serves followed in the second set, but the Russian then got the upper hand with a break in the sixth game that she used to see off her opponent till the end.
Now comes Kudermetova’s toughest test in recent times and her performance in this one could play a huge factor about how things could go in the near future for the world number 28.
Kvitova v Kudermetova Prediction and Tip
While Kvitova starts off a favourite here, odds of 1/2 sound too short given the kind of form Kudermetova has shown all season. A better option would be for Kudermetova to win a set.