Rybarikova vs Kvitova
Final in Birmingham between Petra Kvitova and Magdalena Rybarikova.
I was hoping this one to be the final in Birmingham and it happened. Really enjoy the style Rybarikova has and works for her when she plays on grass with those deadly slices. But the question is- will they work for her against Kvitova who has big groundstrokes from the baseline, excellent moving on the court and especially this week in brilliant on return.. I think the answer goes to NO! Maybe they will help her for extra points, because Kvitova can deal with them every single time, but as fast as she finds the right rhythm against these slices, she will finish her opponent.
Kvitova is brilliant on return as I said, but her serve doesn't work so good during this week, especially the 1st serve. I mean when it goes in the opponent's half, it can be deadly, it's hard to return the ball, because it goes so fast, but the percentage is not so high ( most of the time under 60%) and that's the reason there are a lot of times during this week she went into situations like 0:30/15:30 and in a few times was broken. If I have to be correct- she was broken three times in her four matches. It's not so much, that's the main reason she won all of her matches in straight sets till now!
Rybarikova also makes unbelievable week in Birmingham and she said that the results are over her expectations. I think it's a little bit modest..Come on, she was semi-finalist in Wimbledon during 2017! She eliminated some really talented players on her way to the final like Karolina Pliskova, Kiki Mladenovic and Barbora Strycova, but against a player she is 1:5 H2H and in awesome form. Her chances are not so high for sure.
I don't think H2H is so important here, most of the matches were played a long time ago. Their last one was in New Haven 2014, won by Kvitova in straight sets. Really prefer to look on their performance only in Birmingham on grass courts and Kvitova looks unstoppable here.
I have to say that I was a little bit wrong yesterday. Really thought that Buzarnescu is the only player who is still in the draw and can make Kvitova's day on the court harder. The Romanian made some great things during the match, especially in Kvitova service games, but the Czech just outplayed her on return, that was the big difference between them yesterday. I don't think anything will change against Rybarikova and Kvitova will win the trophy without dropping a set! She is just too good right now and when I see that Kvitova on the court, especially on grass, I have no doubt she will be the winner. Between 2:0 and 2:1 I really prefer the first choice here!
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Rybarikova vs Kvitova prediction
|Kvitova in straight sets||Pinnacle||1.85||10||1-2 LOST (-10 units)|