Second seed Barbora Krejcikova will face eighth seed Tereza Martincova in an all-Czech final at the 2021 Prague Open on Sunday, July 18. Get the live streaming options of this Barbora Krejcikova v Tereza Martincova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Barbora Krejcikova v Tereza Martincova Head to Head
Martincova has a 2-1 edge and that includes a qualifying round win in 2021.
Krejcikova Into Her Fourth Final
She’s taken her game to another level and now everything she touches turns into gold. That’s Barbora Krejcikova for you, a doubles star who had almost nothing to show on her CV when it came to her singles game, barring a runner-up finish in Nuremberg in 2017.
But then came 2021, a trophy-laden season which completely changed Krejcikova’s reputation as a singles player, making her one of the toughest opponents to beat – someone players would want to avoid in the earlier rounds of a tournament. And the dream season just keeps getting better and better as Krejcikova marched into her fourth final of the season, defeating China’s Wang Xinyu 6-1, 6-2 in the semifinals of the Prague Open on Saturday.
Having saved the only break point she faced in the match, Krejcikova broke the Chinese five times during her 69-minute rout.
It has been a season of number of firsts for the World No. 13, who was ranked No. 65 at the start of the year. While capturing the French Open title would be the greatest achievement for the Czech, her first-ever WTA title that she won in Strasbourg, her maiden WTA 1000 final in Dubai and her first final at home are feats she will fondly remember through her life.
Krejcikova has been ruthless throughout the week, particularly in the quarterfinal and the semifinal, defeating Katerina Siniakova (6-3, 6-0) and Wang respectively. She was equally good against Isabella Shinikova in the first round, but did face a bit of resistance from Ysaline Bonaventure in the next round, but she was up to it.
Martincova Into a Maiden Final
Standing between Krejcikova and a third title this year will be compatriot Tereza Martincova, who will be playing the first WTA final of her career after she defeated Belgium’s Greet Minnen in the semifinal on Saturday.
The eighth seed flew past her opponent in the first set, but faced a bit of challenge in the second, yet found a way to win the contest with a convincing scoreline of 6-3, 6-4.
Like Krejcikova, Martincova too has enjoyed a terrific year that has seen her leap from the year-end ranking of 120 in 2020 to current ranking of 78 in the world – a result of her perseverance and hard work, which have been on full display at the Prague Open, where she has reached the final without dropping a set.
Martincova didn’t face much resistance from Samantha Murray Sharan and Asia Muhammad in the first two rounds and was equally convincing in her quarterfinal win over Viktoria Kuzmova.
The 26-year-old too has had a few firsts in her career this year, which includes winning matches for the first time in majors – she had reached the second round at Roland Garros and third at Wimbledon. She also made it to the third round of a WTA 1000 event for the first time, achieving the feat in Dubai and had two quarterfinal appearances in Nottingham and Birmingham.
A maiden title will just add a cherry on top.
Krejcikova v Martincova Prediction and Tip
Krejcikova’s superlative form throughout the year gives her the edge. But she won’t be taking Martincova lightly, as the latter has been in hot form as well. Expect the two to finally play out a three-setter in the tournament with Krejcikova edging past Martincova.