Palmerbet Sports Team’s Best of the Day preview smashes some tennis tips down the line for Petra Kvitova’s quarter-final clash with Donna Vekic as the WTA tour moves on to Russia.
22:00 (AEDT) @ Silbur Arena, Saint Petersburg
History: Played 1: Kvitova 1 V Vekic 0
Last Meeting: Miami Masters, 2014 (R32): Kvitova d Vekic 6-3 6-4
Final Thoughts: The dust has barely settled on Petra Kvitova’s Australian Open final loss. But the courageous Czech star is already in Russia defending her WTA Saint Petersburg title.
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Her quarter-final opponent is world No.30 Donna Vekic, who has some decent form behind her despite a disappointingly early exit in Melbourne. The 22-year-old reached the semis of the Pan Pacific Open and Brisbane International – losing to Karolina Pliskova on both occasions.
Vekic beat Kristina Mladenovic in the first round of the Australian Open before going down to Aussie Wild Card Kimberley Birrell. She has accounted for Timea Bacsinszky and Veronika Kudermetova so far in this tournament.
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After winning the Sydney International, Kvitova’s Australian Open highlights included a quarter-final demolition of Ash Barty and a straight-sets semi-final win over Danielle Collins.
But she was outlasted by Naomi Osaka in the final – despite saving multiple match points to win the second set. Reaching the final nevertheless capped an astounding 18-month comeback from a home invasion attack that threatened here career.
It also saw Kvitova climb to an equal career-high ranking of No.2 in the world.
The 28-year-old opened her Saint Petersburg title defence with a 6-2 7-6 win over former world No.1 Victoria Azarenka.
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The pair have met just once – way back in 2014 at the Miami Masters. Kvitova carved out a comfortable straight-sets win over a teenaged Vekic.
Kvitova is no doubt still weary from an arduous Australian Open fortnight. But her tenacity – and her residual form and rhythm – should carry her past Vekic.