Finally… Petra v Vika all set in Toronto

Petra KvitovaAfter posting last week about some of my favourite WTA match-ups that i’m desperate to see, I didn’t expect that my number one match would happen in Toronto! On Wednesday at the Rogers Cup, Petra Kvitova will take on Victoria Azarenka… BRING IT ON! At the time of writing I am waiting to see the schedule but I imagine it will be in the night session… please pretty please with a cherry on top be in the day session!

On Tuesday, news broke that Kvitova had been diagnosed with mononucleosis.

Kvitova has been given the all-clear by her doctors to compete but it sounds like the effects of it will still have an impact on her going forward. Fingers crossed this won’t affect Petra’s participation in Toronto because it would just be classic if this Petra-Vika clash was dashed… I’d cry, I really would. Petra had a bye in the first round and was part of the Rogers Cup Ball Hockey game. Jimmie48 has been in Toronto and as always, is producing some superb photography. These pictures of Petra are just perfect…

Azarenka was sharp in her first competitive match since Wimbledon, defeating Elina Svitolina, 6-1 6-4 in 77 minutes. It is these kinds of match-ups why I struggle to get excited about Svitolina’s potential. The first set had a couple of tight games but Azarenka was the more dynamic player. Svitolina, spurred on by her coach’s words, got the early break in the second set. However, Azarenka slowly worked her way back into the set. Although she was unable to serve out the match as Svitolina played some of her best tennis, Azarenka broke to win the match.

Since Miami, Azarenka has only lost to Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova. Her ranking has steadily improved during the year but it’s still not reflecting where she really belongs. Therefore, she is still prone to drawing a top player early on and this time it’s Petra. The pair haven’t played since 2011 at the WTA Championships where Kvitova prevailed in a wild but thoroughly entertaining final in Istanbul, 7-5 4-6 6-3. It’s been a good match-up for Petra and she’s won their last four matches including two at Wimbledon. However, there is some uncertainty around Petra and hard courts will favour Vika. Petra could Petra this (in a good way) but to be honest, I think Azarenka will prevail…

Prediction: Azarenka d. Kvitova in 3 sets

Photo in this post by Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

6 thoughts on “Finally… Petra v Vika all set in Toronto

  1. It didn’t surprise me that Petra was diagnosed with Mono,even at the beginning of the year she stated she felt tired,hopefully she just has a mild case and can get back to her usual playing level,her doctor has cleared her to play.I feel Vika has the edge in this match up,she has already played a match in this tournament.It would not surprise me to see Vika winning in straight sets.

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    • I couldn’t decide between two and three sets, and I was always go the wrong way! I’d be really surprised if Petra wins but I’m sure she wouldn’t play unless she was ready. Hoping for a good match!

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    • Azarenka did win the Aussie open a few months after their meeting at the Championships, which kind of shows that they were pretty much playing at their peak during that time frame. I do think Kvitova’s best trumps Azarenka’s best, however, Vika should be able to beat a rusty Kvitty in Toronto.

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      • Both players games are all about smashing any short balls. I think Vika does it better actually, but Kvitova has a better serve and the lefty advantage.

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  2. So relieved that Ana came through! Horrible serving, struggled to find consistency on her forehand… but surprisingly her backhand was really impressive! She was defending well, putting balls deep and even finishing points on that wing instead of running around it as she usually does! Why hasn’t this happened years ago lol?!

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