US Open Day 10, Quarter-Final Preview: Petra Kvitova v Flavia Pennetta


Flavia Pennetta maintained both her superb record against Sam Stosur and at the US Open to reach a sixth quarter-final in seven years in New York. Pennetta won her seventh consecutive match against Stosur, winning, 6-4 6-4 with one break of serve in each set. Of all the players on tour, Stosur has to be one of the most match-up dependent player. She owns some players (6-1 H2H against Na Li) but against others, it’s not soo good! Pennetta played an excellent match, minimising Stosur’s weapons, dictating with her backhand and serving exceptionally well, dropping just five points on her first serve. Stosur carved open some opportunities but just couldn’t do anything with them as Pennetta won most of the big points.

Flavia was quite excited by the win…

Pennetta plays Petra Kvitova in the quarters who by contrast, has reached her first ever US Open quarter-final, completing the quartet of Grand Slam quarters. Kvitova snapped the 16 match winning streak of Johanna Konta, coming through, 6-3 7-5 in 88 minutes. There were just two breaks of serve in the whole match with Konta dropping two service games on double faults. There are only positives to take away from this tournament for Konta who won’t be qualifying for any Grand Slams for a while with her ranking set to soar into the world’s top 60. I really hope she can use this as a springboard to even better success in the future.

We’ve yet to see P3tra this tournament who has had a routine run through the draw. The scheduling has favoured her with two night matches and not having to play in the full heat of the day. Against Pennetta, a player who has had her best results in New York, she’ll face her toughest test yet. Kvitova and Pennetta are tied at 3-3 in their head-to-head although they haven’t played since 2012. Kvitova has won their last three matches including a three set win in their only encounter at a Grand Slam at the Australian Open.

I really like Pennetta’s chances in this match. She has the kind of game that when it’s on, serve and backhand firing, can cause a player like Kvitova to make errors. While Pennetta has struggled this year in match-ups where you’d expect her to win, she has still produced some superb wins on the hard courts over Maria Sharapova (Indian Wells) and Victoria Azarenka (Miami),

Going in Kvitova’s favour is that she is the type of player who locks down at the ends of tournament once she’s into her groove. Further to her four wins in New York, Kvitova is on a eight match winning streak after winning New Haven ten days ago. Despite not being able to practice as much due to her recent announcement that she has Mononucleosis, Kvitova is marching her way through the draw with minimum fuss.

This is a tough pick… I’m going, justtttt, for Petra.

Prediction: Kvitova d. Pennetta in 3 sets

12 thoughts on “US Open Day 10, Quarter-Final Preview: Petra Kvitova v Flavia Pennetta

    • Yes Agha I have to agree with you regarding this being a day match for Petra,another concern for me in her previous match against Konta she had her thigh heavily bandaged,her movement at times was restricted,though she will have a day off.Flavia is a good mover on these courts and has a good solid bhand and can volley well,Petra in 3 sets though I would not be surprised if Flavia causes an upset.


      • The only positive that i’m taking away from the strapped thigh is the fact that she had it strapped in a similar fashion when she won Wimbledon last year! Call me superstitious, but I think she just might make a run to the title here! With that being said, I agree with you; Flavia is a very solid player, who could trouble a more streaky player like Petra, specially in the heat and humidity of the day.


      • I hope you know Petra isn’t going to make it to a final. I hope you know Halep or Vika going to the final. This match is about rankings and money cause they both ain’t going to be in the final. Petra had an easy draw so you can’t tell if she is playing good or bad. Petra and Halep the draw God was kind to them.


    • I hope you know Petra isn’t going to make it to a final. I hope you know Halep or Vika going to the final. This match is about rankings and money cause they both ain’t going to be in the final.


      • As if! Peak Petra can EASILY trash Peak Vika. If she loses to either of the 3 in the coming days, its because her illness is holding her back.
        P.s. She only played top 20 players in New Haven, and played the likes of Schmiedlova, and Konta at the Open; solid, in-form players Petra can lose to VERY easily. The fact that she has been able to reach the QF’s after facing a season hindering disease, speaks volumes about her natural talent.


    • I think Petra will win the first set actually. She is much better player, but I am not sure she will be ready for three set battle. Still I think Petra is going to be the winner.


      • Kvitova is a much better player if she shows up. She looked tired in her last match playing Konta. If Kvitova’s serve is not working (Shitra shows up) and Flavia’s return is clicking. It will be a very close match and Flavia may prevail if they play three sets. Please do not write Flavia off before the match. She has luck in USO for the past few years.


      • Penetta has more than luck. She stats against Stosur were VERY impressive. She’s able to live with big hitters on the baseline and she throws in verrry awkward balls. If this were a night match I’d go with Kvitova, but my instincts are telling me Flavia will make the semi finals.


      • I am not sure if you watch her 3rd round match with Petra Cetkovska when Flavia has an awful post match stats. Statisticians must be amazed by analyzing performance of a player based on one match result.

        Frankly speaking, Kvitova should have won the match. She has mono disease. She can’t sustain under very hot weather. I don’t deny that Flavia played very well in the 3rd set but basically Kvitova couldn’t move her feet under the brutal hot sun. I was in the stadium a few hours ago watching live there. Kvitova would win easily if it was a night match. It was luck!


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