Agnieszka Radwanska vs Petra Kvitova, Indian Wells QF Preview

Indian Wells QF #2: (3) Agnieszka Radwanska vs (8) Petra Kvitova

Agnieszka Radwanska and Petra Kvitova will go head-to-head for the first time since last year’s Singapore final when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the BNP Paribas Open on Wednesday. This is always a fascinating match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles between two of the greatest competitors on the WTA tour. Radwanska’s form is undoubtedly better heading into this match, however a rejuvenated Petra Kvitova will be a very dangerous opponent for Aga. 

 

Aga Radwanska survived an opening round scare this week in Indian wells, coming from 2-5 down in a deciding set against Dominika Cibulkova and saving a match point in the process to claim a memorable 6-3 4-6 7-5 victory. The Pole has been relatively untroubled since that scare, recording straight set victories over Monica Niculescu and Jelena Jankovic. Aga displayed a good level in each of her straight set victories, playing with exceptional variety and tactical prowess in both matches. It will be a very different match-up for Aga in the quarter-finals against Kvitova, an opponent that can blast Aga off the court.

Petra Kvitova arrived in Indian Wells with just 2 victories to her name in 2016. The Czech is showing real signs of turning her form around by coming through some tight matches to reach the quarter-final stage at the BNP Paribas Open. Kvitova has come through 3 marathon matches, defeating Danka Kovinic, Johanna Larsson and Nicole Gibbs in a tight third set. Kvitova still hasn’t been playing at her best but importantly she has been showing a great level of determination and fighting spirit which has been enough to carry her through to her first quarter-final of the year. It will be interesting to see if Petra can now play with a bit more freedom.

 

Petra Kvitova holds a 6-3 head-to-head record over Radwanska. Kvitova dominated Radwanska in their early meetings, winning 5 of the first 6 encounters between the pair, however Radwanska has won 2 of their last 3 matches. Radwanska claimed the biggest title of her at the WTA Finals in Singapore last year when she defeated Petra Kvitova 6-2 4-6 6-3 in the final of the event.

This is a tough match to call, obviously Radwanska’s form is better heading into this match having reached at least the semi-final stage in her last 7 events whilst Kvitova has generally struggled lately. However, Kvitova will be feeling much better about her game having reached the quarter-finals this week and will feel like she has nothing to lose from this position. Kvitova generally matches up well against Radwanska and I believe the conditions in Indian Wells favour the Czech in this matchup. The courts are slow and bouncy which means it will be tough for Radwanska to keep the ball out of Kvitova’s strike zone, I think Kvitova can cause an upset here.

Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Agnieszka Radwanska in 3 sets


10 thoughts on “Agnieszka Radwanska vs Petra Kvitova, Indian Wells QF Preview”

  1. Petra will struggle again with her unforced errors today. And aga in 2. I would predict 6:3 6:2. Petra won only against players who are ranked low and always in 3 tight sets. Thats weak.

    1. That doesn’t mean anything… this is a new match. Kvitova is capable regardless of form, she is a proven champion and can easily bat Radwanska.. doesn’t mean she will… we will see

  2. I don’t know if Petra can win but she always on in the QF round. In particular, I believe she will show up when she plays Aga. It is not an easy match-up for Aga. If Petra is on, Aha is impossible to beat her but we are unsure if the real Petra will show up. Please bear in mind that they are playing in afternoon, the court should play faster than the evening which favours Petra.

    However, I do agree with WTAaddict that Petra will win at least one set. If Jankovic could break Aga, it would be easier for Petra. If you are smart, you will not bet on this match. The risk is extremely high.

    1. The court stays the same, rather it is the ball the moves faster through the air during the day, which again helps Kvitova

  3. Aga has won and she will be the next number 2 :). In today’s match she was far better than Petra being as solid as a rock and definitely more consistent. She is also far better than Petra in tactics and anticipation. She deserved this win! 🙂

    1. Yeah great win, I’m very happy for Aga 🙂 Been a good few months

      Kvitova was not even close to her best

    2. Aga got her first serve percentage up today (which she needed to do), it made things much easier for her. She played a good match, and this should help with her confidence going forward. I think this was an important win. Since she was in inform player going in.

      1. Yepp, it was a good win for Aga, she did serve well in this match I agree, very important that she kept a high first serve percentage. Service numbers were up in this match

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