Petra Kvitova vs Daria Kasatkina WTA Madrid tennis preview, predictions and tips: Kasatkina attempts to end Kvitova's winning streak in quarter-finals

Andrew Hendrie in WTA 10 May 2018
  • Petra Kvitova vs Daria Kasatkina is live from Madrid at 9.30pm local time on Thursday (8.30pm BST)
  • First career meeting between the pair
  • Watch and bet on tennis live from Madrid at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify)
Petra Kvitova (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Prague champion Petra Kvitova puts her eight-match winning streak on the line against rising Russian star Daria Kasatkina in the Mutua Madrid Open quarter-finals on Thursday night.

Watch and bet on Kvitova vs Kasatkina live from Madrid at bet365 > live streaming > tennis (geo restrictions apply; funded account required or to have placed a bet in the last 24 hours to qualify). Their quarter-final clash begins at 9.30pm local time on Thursday (8.30pm BST).

Two-time Mutua Madrid Open champion Petra Kvitova targets a ninth straight win on Thursday night at the Caja Magica when she takes on confident 14th seed Daria Kasatkina. Kvitova has got to be feeling the fatigue of an physically and mentally exhausting last week or so, where she picked up the WTA International title in Prague and then had less than 24 hours to recover before playing her first match in Madrid, but so far the swashbuckling Czech has powered her way into the quarter-finals - can she continue to put fatigue to the side and make the final four? Kasatkina will prove a massive test, with the youngster fresh from claiming her fourth top three win of the season in her previous round. Kvitova and Kasatkina take to court at 9.30pm local time on Thursday (8.30pm BST).

I’m not quite sure how she did it, but Kvitova somehow battled her way to an eighth consecutive victory in Madrid on Wednesday, recovering from an opening set collapse to see off rising star Anett Kontaveit in a gruelling three-set encounter. Kvitova raced to a 5-3 lead in the first set and served for the match, but the Estonian fought her way back and ultimately took the set in a tiebreak - and from there, it was going to be a huge mountain for Kvitova to climb in order to prevail. But the Czech produced a phenomenal effort to come back and win the next two sets 6-3 6-3 to advance to the Mutua Madrid Open quarter-finals for the fourth time.

Kvitova improved her record in Madrid to a superb 25-6 (that’s more than anyone else remaining in the 2018 field) with the victory over Kontaveit. The two-time Wimbledon champion has also won the Mutua Madrid Open on two occasions, first taking home the title in 2011 with victories over No. 2 Vera Zvonareva, an unseeded Dominika Cibulkova, No. 6 Na Li and No. 4 Victoria Azarenka, while she also reigned supreme in 2015, beating Serena Williams and Svetlana Kuznetsova back-to-back to clinch the silverware. Making her first appearance in the Spanish capital since 2016 after recovering from career-threatening hand wounds sustained in a home invasion at the end of that year, Kvitova is riding big wave of momentum as she attempts to win a hat-trick of Madrid crowns.


It’s already been a magnificent season for Kvitova as she continues to build on the gradual gains she made during her comeback in 2018, with the Czech capturing three titles in St. Petersburg, Doha and the J&T Banka Prague Open last week, which was an especially emotional triumph and what makes what she is doing in Madrid with no rest and recovery even more remarkable. Back inside the top 10 and up to No. 3 in the live race for WTA Singapore, Kvitova has proven she’s back to her fearsome best all season long - but how long can she keep going on in Madrid?

Daria Kasatkina (Photo by Denis Doyle/Getty Images)
It represents an excellent opportunity for Daria Kasatkina to claim another huge win on Thursday night as the rising Russian continues to impress in 2018. Kasatkina pulled off yet another upset this season as she conquered reigning Wimbledon champion and home favourite Garbine Muguruza for the second time this year to reach the Madrid quarter-finals for the first time. Having never won a match in two previous visits to the Spanish capital, Kasatkina has returned to her best form in Madrid this week, taking out the Qiang Wang and two-time quarter-finalist Sorana Cirstea before toppling third seed Muguruza by a 6-2 4-6 6-3 scoreline on Wednesday. It was the pair’s third straight three-setter and Kasatkina’s second consecutive win over the Spanish sensation, following on from saving match points on her way to the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships final in February.

"I knew it was going to be a different match completely because she was playing at home, we are playing on the clay," Kasatkina said. "I was not even thinking about Dubai, because it was a completely different story. I was playing against No.3 in the world, and it’s always giving you confidence when you’re beating big players on the big stages.”

Kasatkina has beaten a lot of big players over the last eight months or so, ending 2017 at No. 24 in the world by reaching the fourth round of the U.S. Open (where she defeated French Open champion Jelena Ostapenko), making the Premier Mandatory China Open quarter-finals in Beijing, the Round of 16 in Wuhan (beating Simona Halep) and finishing runner-up at the Kremlin Cup in Moscow. Kasatkina then took her game to new heights this season, toppling Caroline Wozniacki to make the St. Petersburg semi-finals, Johanna Konta, Elena Vesnina and Muguruza to reach the same stage in Dubai and Sloane Stephens, Wozniacki again, Angelique Kerber and Venus Williams to advance into her first Premier Mandatory final in Indian Wells, where she was eventually stopped by fellow rising star Naomi Osaka.

The 20-year-old struggled in her next tournaments, losing in the opening rounds of Miami, Stuttgart and Prague (and the quarter-finals of Charleston), but Kasatkina is back to her best in Madrid and looking capable of going even further at the Premier Mandatory event.

It will be the first career meeting between the pair, and I think Kasatkina will be the one to end Kvitova’s amazing winning streak. The Russian reminds me of what Elina Svitolina did in 2017, adding more aggression to her game and thus gaining the belief that she can consistently beat the very best players in the world. When she gets it right, Kasatkina has an excellent balance of attack and defence, and if she gets into a winning position like Kontaveit did against Kvitova, I don’t think she’ll relinquish it.



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Petra Kvitova vs Daria Kasatkina WTA Madrid tennis preview, predictions and tips: Kasatkina attempts to end Kvitova's winning streak in quarter-finals

Prague champion Petra Kvitova puts her eight-match winning streak on the line against rising Russian star Daria Kasatkina in the Mutua Madrid Open quarter-finals on Thursday night.

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