Daria Kasatkina vs Petra Kvitova Tennis Prediction
Kasatkina has proven that she is not deterred from taking on big names. If the Czech has enough gas left in the tank after playing eight matches in the last ten days in two different cities, she can certainly handle the tenacious Russian as they meet for the first time.
Petra Kvitova News
Petra Kvitova wins her eighth match in a row after overcoming Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit in a physically-demanding third round match to move into Madrid quarterfinal (6-7 6-3 6-3). Kvitova leads the tour in most three-setter played (13) and won (11) in 2018.
After claiming St. Petersburg and Doha, Kvitova stumbled at the start of the clay season, losing early at Charleston (l. Kr. Pliskova) and Stuttgart (l. Kerber). However, she resumed her deadly form at Prague last week, claiming her first WTA title on home soil.
Kvitova is a two-time Madrid champion, winning the Premier Mandatory in 2011 (d. Azarenka) and 2015 (d. Kuznetsova). Prior to her triumph at Prague, this (Madrid) was her only career clay title.
Kvitova is having her career’s best start to a season, both in terms of match wins (27) and titles (3). Even in her breakthrough year of 2011, when she won Wimbledon, WTA Finals, and Madrid, she had to wait till the French Open to secure her 27th tour-level win.
Daria Kasatkina News
Daria Kasatkina secures her sixth top 10 win of the season (11th in career) by knocking out the home favorite and two-time slam champion Garbine Muguruza, 6-2 4-6 6-3. In fact, a third of total matches she has won in 2018 have come against top 10 players.
Kasatkina arrived at the Spanish capital after losing the first rounds of Stuttgart (Rybarikova) and Prague (Paolini). Moreover, in her previous Madrid appearances, she faced first-round exits as well, to Patricia Maria Tig (2016) and Vinci (2017).
The world #15 started her third campaign at Madrid with straight-set wins over Wang and Cirstea. She has a 3-0 record in 2018 quarterfinals, at Indian Wells (final, l. to Osaka), Dubai (final, l. to Svitolina) and St. Petersburg (semifinal, l. to Mladenovic).
Tennis Prediction: Petra Kvitova