Petra Kvitova will take on Maria Sakkari in the Second-round of the Stuttgart Open 2021. Kvitova is currently the World no.10 on the WTA rankings and Sakkari is the World no.19.
- Tournament: Stuttgart Open 2021
- Match: Petra Kvitova vs Maria Sakkari
- Round: Second-round
- Date: 21th April, 2021
- Prize Money: $ 9,815
- Venue: Stuttgart, Germany
- Surface: Clay Court
Petra Kvitova vs Maria Sakkari: Match Preview
Kvitova, the defending champion here, is seeded seventh in the tournament. Kvitova who won the Dubai Open last month, had not started the clay court season that well.
At the Charleston Open she lost in the round of sixteen to the world no.63 Danka Kovinic and in the first round here she was scheduled to face the Australian Open runners up Jennifer Brady. But Kvitova put all doubts about her form and fitness to rest by securing a 6-4, 6-3 victory against Brady. Kvitova hit 27 winners and sealed the match in just 92 minutes.
Her second round is Maria Sakkari. Sakkari, semifinalist at the Miami Open, did not waste too much switching to clay and won her opening round match here in Stuttgart with ease. She beat Andrea Petkovic 6-2, 6-2 in just an hour and seven minutes.
Petra Kvitova vs Maria Sakkari: Head-to-Head
These two players have met four times on the tour before, and both have recorded two wins a piece. So the head to head stands at 2-2. The last encounter between these two players was in the Australian Open 2020, which Kvitova won in three sets 6-7 6-3 6-2.
Petra Kvitova vs Maria Sakkari: Prediction
This is the match of the tournament so far. Kvitova has got a lot of firepower but her inconsistency remains a problem. Sakkari is a fantastic mover on clay and her defensive game is very good. This will be a test of skill and nerve for both players. This match can go either way, but the defending champion Kvitova holds a slight edge.
Match Prediction: Petra Kvitova will beat Maria Sakkari in three sets.