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Fans are in for a treat as Petra Kvitova squares off against Jelena Ostapenko in the opening round of the Eastbourne International. Kvitova is no stranger to success on this surface but will be wary of Ostapenko’s raw power and aggressive style. Get the latest tennis betting tips and predictions here.
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Petra Kvitova vs Jelena Ostapenko – Match Predictions
Petra Kvitova to Win
With title triumphs in their last outings, it is difficult to count against Kvitova or Ostapenko. While the Latvian ace has put in hours on the court with five of her last six outings being three-set affairs. On the other hand, Kvitova will be relatively fresh with five successive straight-set wins. Given the Czech ace’s 6-4 positive H2H result against Ostapenka, we are backing her to add to the win column.
2-1 to Petra Kvitova
For all her flaws, Jelena’s relentlessness cannot be counted against her. Despite not playing at her best, the Latvian ace forced the issue time and time again. Six of her last seven outings on the court have been three-set affairs and more is on the cards in this duel. Kvitova’s triumphed over Ostapenko in last Eastbourne’s last edition and her most recent triumph against the Latvian needed a deciding set in Indian Wells three months back. Based on this, are backing a 2-1 set score in favour of a Kvitova victory.
Petra Kvitova vs Jelena Ostapenko Preview
Our predictions for this match have now been established, let’s see how these players have fared so far in the Eastbourne International.
Petra Kvitova had a tough time on clay courts recently, losing early in Madrid and Roland-Garros. However, she bounced back in Berlin with a flawless performance. Winning all her matches in straight sets, including a few close tiebreaks, Petra clinched her 31st career title and sixth on grass courts. Now, she’s ready to defend her title in Eastbourne, a tournament she has been playing in for 12 years.
The Latvian ace showcased her impressive skills in Birmingham last week. She fought through four intense three-set matches. In the final, she defeated Barbora Krejcikova to claim her first trophy since 2022 Dubai and her second on the grass courts. Not only excelling in singles, Jelena also reached the doubles semifinals in Birmingham. Despite playing nine matches in just seven days, she enters this match without having lost an opening-round match since Adelaide.
Petra Kvitova vs Jelena Ostapenko Head to Head
Kvitova and Ostapenko’s rivalry goes back to February 2016, when they first came face to face in Doha. The Latvian ace triumphed in a three-set affair and has since played with Kvitova nine more times. Ostapenka trails her Czech rival 4-6, with Kvitova triumphing in their latest meeting at Indian Wells.
Petra Kvitova vs Jelena Ostapenko Match Details
- When will this match start? This match starts at 12:30 GMT on 27 June.
- What is the prize money for Eastbourne International in 2023? The 2023 Eastbourne International prize money is €723,655 for men and $780,637 for women.
- Who is the top seed of the Eastbourne International? Elena Rybakina from Kazakhstan is the WTA top seed while Taylor Fritz has top billing in the ATP event at Eastbourne International.
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