US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 QF Preview + Prediction:
(9) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams vs (13) 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova
A blockbuster quarter-final from Flushing Meadows on Tuesday sees Venus Williams take on Petra Kvitova. At the age of 37, Venus Williams has been the most consistent performer at the Grand Slam level in 2017 having already made it to the final at the Australian Open and Wimbledon as well as a fourth round appearance at Roland Garros.
Petra Kvitova is in the midst of her own special season. After being attacked in the off season and spending half the year on the side-lines, it is incredible to see Kvitova playing so well as she has reached the quarter-final stage at the U.S Open for just the second time in her career. This is going to be an exciting contest between two of the move loved and respected players on tour, Kvitova holds a 4-1 edge in the head-to-head but Venus Williams has been superb at the later stage of Grand Slam events this year and fancy her chances here.
Venus Williams has displayed her incredible longevity throughout 2017 and now has her third major chance to win her first Grand Slam title since Wimbledon 2008. Again it must be said that Venus has had a fairly favourable draw but again she has taken advantage of it. Venus started the event with a surprisingly tough three set win over Viktoria Kuzmova. After that, Venus fended off Oceane Dodin and Maria Sakkari in straight sets. The 9th seed’s toughest test came at the fourth round stage where she saved her best tennis of the tournament for the deciding set to beat Carla Suarez Navarro 6-3 3-6 6-1. Venus is super determined to win that elusive Grand Slam title in 2017, she now has one last chance in New York.
Petra Kvitova has stormed into the quarter-finals in New York without dropping a set, a very impressive effort given her poor form heading into the event. Kvitova’s route to the final 8 has been a tough a one. Petra started the event with a 7-5 7-5 win over Jelena Jankovic before thrashing Alize Cornet 6-1 6-2. Kvitova has stepped up her level in the last couple of matches, starting with a 6-0 6-4 win over Caroline Garcia and then her most impressive result of the tournament as she eliminated the third seeded Garbine Muguruza 7-6 6-3. Kvitova’s run to the quarter-finals in New York is already one of the feel good stories of the year, Petra has nothing to lose now and is always extremely dangerous this late in a major.
Petra Kvitova holds a 4-1 head-to-head record over Venus Williams, Petra has won the last three matches between the pair, including an epic 5-7 7-6 7-5 win at Wimbledon in 2014 in what was their most recent encounter. It has been over three years since this these two have come face-to-face, it will be interesting to see how this match pans out.
I’m going to give the edge to the evergreen Venus Williams here. I think Venus is mentally tougher and is the more match hardened heading into this match, especially in big matches. Venus has been so consistent this year and whilst Petra has been playing well this week it feels like a bad performance is just around the corner for Petra. Venus is so determined right now and she know how to deal with big hitters, she has shown this over and over again throughout 2017. I’d say Venus will be tougher when it matters most and sneak through this one with her greater consistency.