Two-time Wimbledon champion and 7th-seed Petra Kvitova will have her task cut out when she battles against rising-star Leylah Fernandez in the Round of 32 at the French Open 2020. Fernandez, who has only this month turned 18 has shown a lot of maturity at Roland Garros, claiming the best result of her tender career till now. What makes the match more exciting, though, is the rarity to watch two left-handers play against each other.
Petra Kvitova vs Leylah Fernandez: Preview
Talking about the performance in the tournament so far, Kvitova has been ruthless in her approach. The 30-year old Czech first sailed past home favourite Oceane Dodin 6-3, 7-5 in the opening round and then thrashed Jasmine Paolini in straight sets 6-3, 6-3.
On the other hand, Fernandez has had to battle hard in both the matches. The 18-year old Canadian first stunned 31st-seed Magda Linette 1-6, 6-2, 6-3 in the Round of 128 and then scraped past Polona Hercog 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 in a closely-fought second round contest.
Petra Kvitova vs Leylah Fernandez: Head-to-Head
The two women have never faced each other prior to their meeting in the French capital, so the head-to-head record stands at 0-0.
Petra Kvitova vs Leylah Fernandez: Prediction
If Kvitova plays with the same resilience like she did in previous rounds, it can turn out to be a one-sided affair. Even if the Czech is not at her 100%, expect her to win the match in straight sets. Fernandez on her part can try her best to force the encounte rinto the decider, however, it looks less likely to happen. Nevertheless, it doesn’t take away the fact that the Canadian is the star-in-making.
Match Prediction: Petra Kvitova defeats Leylah Fernandez comfortably in straight sets.