World No. 6 Petra Kvitova will lock horns with the Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu in the second round of the Australian Open 2019.
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Petra Kvitova v Irina-Camelia Begu Head to Head
Their upcoming encounter at the Melbourne Park will be their fourth meeting on the tour so far. The Czech presently leads Begu by a 3-0 margin.
They last met in the 2018 edition of the WTA St. Petersburg – a tournament that Kvitova moved on to win handsomely. She defeated her Romanian adversary in the second round there with 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.
Kvitova’s Incredible Start to the Season
The eighth seed arrived at Melbourne on the back of a winning run at the Sydney International. She won the Premier-level tournament there after defeating the likes of Angelique Kerber and Ashleigh Barty. Furthermore, the 470 ranking points she won there helped her move to the No. 6 position.
At the Melbourne Park, she started her campaign against the Slovakian Magdalena Rybarikova. In just a little over an hour, Kvitova sailed to an easy win with 6-3, 6-2. While she had 26 winners in comparison to Rybarikova’s five, the Czech also committed 20 unforced errors.
Kvitova’s previous season was marked by five WTA titles, the most prominent of which was the Madrid Open. Additionally, she won the WTA Birmingham after defeating none other than Rybarikova in the final.
Begu – A Player Favoured by Luck
Begu, who is primarily a doubles player, started her run at the competition against the German Andrea Petkovic. She got fairly lucky against her unseeded opponent. She lost the first set 6-7(3) and while she could have gone on to stage a comeback in the second set, Petkovic retired from the match due to illness.
The Romanian last played at the Hobart International, where she lost in the quarterfinal to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. She also played in Shenzhen the week before that but lost in the first round there.
Kvitova v Begu – Who Will Win?
Kvitova has started her campaign at the Australian Open on a superb note. She came to the tournament soaring with confidence and momentum and has done remarkably well to take that forward. The Czech will start this fixture as the favourite to win and we can expect her to wrap this up in straight sets.
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