World number one and the player in form Ash Barty will have to usurp multiple-time Grand Slam winner Petra Kvitova in the quarterfinal of the 2021 Madrid Open on Wednesday, May 5. Get the live streaming options of this Ash Barty v Petra Kvitova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Ash Barty v Petra Kvitova Head to Head
This has been a long-standing rivalry that begun in 2012 where at French Open, Kvitova routed the Aussie 6-1, 6-2. They didn’t play for five more years, before their encounter in Birmingham where Kvitova needed three sets to eke out a win over Barty in the final and lift the title.
In 2019, Kvitova then won at Sydney (again in the final) and Australian Open (quarterfinal) to go 4-0 up. Since then, however, it’s been Barty who did all the winning, beating Kvitova in Miami, Beijing, WTA Finals and Australian Open (2020) to level the scoreline.
It was in their most recent meeting in Doha last year that Kvitova won again to eke out a 5-4 lead. That incidentally was Barty’s last match of the 2020 season.
Barty Demolishes Swiatek
Barty was a favourite going into her third round match but not by much. After all, the 2019 French Open winner was taking on the 2020 title-holder from Roland-Garros and all eyes were on how this one would pan out.
In the end, Barty proved to be too strong for Swiatek, who did put up a decent fight but still fell in straight sets.
The Aussie was behind the eight-ball only once in the encounter and that was when she was broken in the very second game of the match and fell 0-3 down. From there on Barty slowly carved out her own game, broke back to level things out at 3-3 and then on her first break-point opportunity after that, got herself a second break of serve.
She didn’t miss out, serving out to win the opening set 7-5.
In the second, Barty got herself a break in the third game, saved three break-points from 0-40 down in the sixth game and finished off the match off her second opportunity to march into the last eight.
Barty had earlier gotten past Shelby Rogers and was then stretched to three sets by Tamara Zidansek in the second round.
Kvitova Pushed by Kudermetova
Kvitova needed two hours and three minutes to find a way past Russia’s Veronika Kudermetova in her third round match. Kudermetova had come into the encounter with some dazzling clay court form and was expected to push her Czech opponent, which is exactly how things well.
In what turned out to be close yet cagey affair, there were just three breaks of serves in the entire match; one apiece in the first and third set for Kvitova and the other for Kudermetova in the third. Eight other break-point opportunities went begging.
The world number 12 had earlier not had a lot of problems coming through with wins over Marie Bouzkova and Angelique Kerber in straight sets.
Her biggest test against a very familiar rival comes now and we could be in for a thrilling affair.
Barty v Kvitova Prediction and Tip
Barty’s good form, which has seen her win 16 of her last 17 matches on clay dating back to 2019, make her a huge favourite in this one given she is playing the world number 12. Backing her to continue winning.