Petra Kvitova and Beatriz Haddad Maia will face off in the semifinal of the 2022 WTA Eastbourne International on Friday, June 24. Get the live streaming options of this Petra Kvitova v Beatriz Haddad Maia match along with its preview, head-to-head, and tips here.
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Petra Kvitova v Beatriz Haddad Maia Head to Head
It’s 1-0 to Maia; she beat Kvitova in the Birmingham Classic last week in the first round with 7-6(4), 6-2.
Maia Enjoys a Walkover
Beatriz Haddad Maia, now on a 13-match winning streak on grass, hardly had to take the court on Thursday. Her opponent Lesia Tsurenko retired from the match citing injury, giving the Brazilian a walkover into the semis.
She will now benefit from an extra day of rest and look to make it three for three in the Wimbledon tune-up events.
Now ranked World No. 29 – a career-best for her – the Brazilian is set to reach new heights when the rankings are updated on Monday. Maia has also made a new record by becoming the first person since Serena Williams to bag these many consecutive wins on the grass.
Seeded number 15 in Eastbourne, Beatriz commenced with a bye into round two and has defeated Kaia Kanepi and Jodie Burrage in the preceding rounds to make it this far.
Her previous wins on the English circuit this month have come over well-established players Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Maria Sakkari, Camila Giorgi, and Alison Riske. Beatriz has also proven her mettle on other surfaces with a couple of Challenger finals in Saint-Malo and Paris and doubles finals with Anna Danilina in Sydney International and the Australian Open.
The 26-year-old has also staked her claim for the Wimbledon – set to begin next week. She may have a low seeding but given her current form, she is the player to beat in London.
Kvitova Enjoying her Revival
Petra Kvitova, former world number two and two-time Wimbledon champion, is set to compete in her first semifinal on the tour since the Ostrava Open last September.
The 32-year-old has been in a rut this season with only two quarterfinal appearances to show (Miami Open and WTA Dubai). In fact, after her run in Miami, Petra lost her first-round bout in four of her five subsequent tournaments – including the Birmingham Classic last week.
Her tally stood at 10-13 before the week started; following the three wins in Eastbourne over Donna Vekic, Katie Boulter, and Harriet Dart, it’s now on even terms.
Of course, Kvitova’s gains this week can do wonders for her form and confidence. She is well-experienced and has a far superior pedigree when compared to Maia, spanning across titles from three decades.
The current world number 31 also made history this week by beating the #93 Vekic and thus becoming one of the few players to have beaten every ranked player in the top 100.
Kvitova v Maia Prediction and Tip
This is a match that can go either way. Maia remains the odds-on favourite but Kvitova is in rare form and when it is her day, she should be able to dismiss her left-handed adversary.
Expect an entertaining clash of the two lefties here.