Ashleigh Barty tries in the last match of the group, against Petra Kvitova, to qualify for the semifinals, following a possible victory.
◾️The world leader started in this tournament with a sensational comeback against Belinda Bencic, returning from 0-1 to the sets, but was defeated by Kiki Bertens in the second match, replacing Naomi Osaka.
◾️His game seems to be well accommodated in the hall, the hard surface being his favorite surface, even though he won this year his first Grand Slam tournament on the sling from Roland Garros.
◾️Start the game against Petra Kvitova with a much better morale than his opponent, being in pole position to obtain qualification in the semifinals.
◾️The player from Czech Republic, reached the age of 29, obtained the qualification from the 6th position in the WTA standings.
◾️Petra Kvitova made her strong debut in this tournament, being close to victory against Naomi Osaka in the first match, but failed to maintain a high level of play.
◾️In the second match, against Belindea Bencic, he felt he could return to the match, after winning the second set by 6-1, but decisively gave up the initiative again and lost the match.
▪️The two players have met so far 6 times, the score being 4-2 in favor of Petra Kvitova, but Ashleigh Barty won the last two clashes, the last one a month ago, Beijing, when the Australian won by 2- 01 sets.
Ashleigh Barty: Player form, news and statistics
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◽️Ashleigh (23 years old) will finish 2019 in first place in the WTA, regardless of the results obtained by his rivals until the end of the season.
◽️Australianca was by far the most consistent tennis player in the circuit, throughout this competitive year, winning titles on 3 different surfaces – Miami (hard), Roland Garros (slag) and Birmingham (turf), plus the finals in Sydney, Beijing and other semifinals and quarterfinals at major tournaments.
◽️Here in Shenzhen she started with a decisive set victory against Belinda Bencic, score 5-7 6-1 6-2, but then was surprisingly defeated by the reserve Kiki Bertens, score 6-3 3-6 4-6 .
◽️With the Swiss, it had a 59% frequency at the first service, but with the Dutch it evolved very poorly at this point – only 47%.
Petra Kvitova: Player form, news and statistics
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◽️Petra (29) seems disconnected at the end of the season. She has already reached 3 consecutive defeats, although she did not perform badly with Barty, Osaka and Bencic, leading all these duels to the decisive set.
◽️However, at the concentration level it is not very good, being often the advantage moments that he escaped from the hand against the background of unforced errors.
◽️In the debut of Shenzhen lost 6-7 6-4 4-6 in front of the Japanese, and the Swiss repeated the scenario, after losing the first set returned in the second act and then give in the set 3, score 3 -6 6-1 4-6. There were fierce contractions, of 2 hours 40 with the Asian and 1 hour 47 with Bencic.
◽️In return, on the second service of his opponents, Kvitova was very aggressive, awarding each time over half of points (53% and 57%).
🎾Statistics of the direct matches Ashleigh Barty vs Petra Kvitova
▪️Kvitova leads 4-2 in direct meetings. In 2019 the score of the duels is equal, 2-2, with the victorious Australian on the last 2 occasions, in Miami and Beijing, each time in a decisive set, in the quarter-finals.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Barty vs Kvitova
Being a morale player, Petra Kvitova, after the two defeats in the first 2 games, is very prone to unforced mistakes, and Ashleigh Barty will definitely take advantage of any chance that will come to her. I bet on the Australian player’s victory, thus continuing the series of direct victories against Petra Kvitova and qualifying in the semifinals.
Prediction Today: A. Barty
I go to the hands of the Australians in this last match of the Red Group. Barty managed to find the right solutions against Petra Kvitova, and the key to the last victories was the service. Although small in height, Ash has great variation on the first ball, both in placement and effect. In order to take the initiative, the world leader needs a high frequency, otherwise the Czech Republic is very aggressive in return, on a softer service. In all 4 direct matches this year, played on the hard, Barty surpassed the 58.5% success rate at the first service (59% – Sydney, 78% – Melbourne, 68% – Miami, 65% – Beijing).
Bet Tips: Over (Handicap: +58.5) – Ashleigh Barty – Success at first serve (%)