Match Review: Petra Kvitova v Kiki Bertens

We were treated to a blockbuster third-round match on the fourth day of the Rogers Cup as the Dutch underdog Kiki Bertens produced a great performance against a patchy eighth seed Petra Kvitova from the Czech Republic to score an emphatic 6-3, 6-2 victory over a two-time slam champion. This was not the best match for Kvitova as after starting strongly with big serves and backhands, there was some shaky baseline play that let the opener slip away from her. It was encouraging to see Kvitova try something different in the second set when she took some pace off her shots but her first serve percentage let her down. This was such an impressive performance for Kiki Bertens as her serving was untouchable in the opener, and once she found her return she bulldozed through the first set, but then she had to overcome some nerves in the second set.

Set 1

The start was very positive for both women as Petra Kvitova held to open the match with two backhand winners and an ace, but then Kiki Bertens matched that with some really solid out-wide serves to level. The next couple of games were quite tight as Bertens was struggling slightly at the baseline with quite a few return errors and then when she was serving, she was relying on the blunt accurate serves because when Kvitova got the return in she was generally forcing a baseline error from Bertens. The Dutchwoman was lucky to be serving so well at the beginning because if she had been even a bit off, Kvitova would have been able to beat her at the baseline. Things changed at 3-3 when Bertens managed to land some returns with different heights and then Kvitova started to panic and threw some wild forehands to give away the break. The serving continued to be impeccable as Bertens backed up the break for 5-3, and then as her confidence started to grow, she really came alive in that final game with an incredible passing shot and great defence before securing the 6-3 set with a forehand down-the-line winner.

Set 2

It was a confident start for Kiki Bertens as she held to love to start and then broke, with Petra Kvitova struggling on serve and Bertens defending to incredibly. The set took an unexpected turn when Bertens played her first shaky service game as she didn’t make all her first serves which let Kvitova go big on the return before Bertens hit a double fault on break point and Kvitova was right back in it at 2-1. It was frustrating for eighth seed as she gave the break up again straightway after Bertens forced some errors with big returns and then there was some great resilience for Bertens to save two break points with some big serves and consolidate the break for 4-1. The match continued to get away from Kvitova at a fast rate as she went down the double break after Bertens was just able to outhit her on the forehand but then when serving for the match, Bertens nerves gave Kvitova some second serves and a way back into the match. The comeback attempt was shortlived as Bertens found the courage for some pace injection into her backhands to break for the 6-3, 6-2 win.

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