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Cincinnati 2022: Petra Kvitova vs Sorana Cirstea preview, head-to-head, prediction, odds and pick | Western & Southern Open

Kvitova and Cirstea will clash in the second round in Cincinnati
Kvitova and Cirstea will clash in the second round in Cincinnati

Match Details

Fixture: Petra Kvitova vs Sorana Cirstea

Date: August 17, 2022

Tournament: Cincinnati Open 2022

Round: Second round (Round of 32)

Venue: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States

Category: WTA 1000

Surface: Hard

Prize money: $2,527,250

Live telecast: USA - Tennis Channel | Canada - Rogers Sportsnet, TSN | UK - Amazon Prime Video


Petra Kvitova vs Sorana Cirstea preview

Petra Kvitova and Sorana Cirstea came through similarly hard-fought opening matches to set up an exciting second-round showdown at the 2022 Western & Southern Open on Wednesday.

First through to the second round, Kvitova had to overcome stern defending from Jil Teichmann and a match point in her two-hour-and-47-minute contest. The Czech, who started out slow, eventually found her attacking groove โ€” firing 47 winners in comparison to 40 unforced errors.

Kvitova, a former champion here in Cincinnati, will now be looking to carry the winning momentum deeper into the tournament.

Cirstea upset Belinda Bencic in her opening match
Cirstea upset Belinda Bencic in her opening match

Cirstea, meanwhile, scored an upset win over Belinda Bencic in her opening match. The Romanian fended off a comeback bid from her more fancied opponent, prevailing 6-2, 6-7(3), 6-4 to book her spot in the last 32.

Having already beaten Kvitova earlier this year โ€” in a rather comfortable contest at the Australian Open โ€” Cirstea will be sensing another big opportunity here.


Petra Kvitova vs Sorana Cirstea head-to-head

Petra Kvitova leads Sorana Cirstea in their current head-to-head 5-4, but the Romanian has taken the duo's last two encounters โ€” at the last two editions of the Australian Open.


Petra Kvitova vs Sorana Cirstea odds

PlayerMoneylineHandicap BetsTotal Matches (Over and Under)
Petra Kvitova---
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(Odds sourced from BetMGM) (to be updated)


Petra Kvitova vs Sorana Cirstea prediction

Kvitova will look to avenge her Australian Open loss
Kvitova will look to avenge her Australian Open loss

Having avenged her loss to Teichmann from earlier in the year, Kvitova will now be looking to do the same against her Australian Open conqueror Sorana Cirstea.

Cirstea made a strong start to the year, but results have dried up since the start of the clay season. Kvitova, on the other hand, has shown improvement since lifting the title at Eastbourne in June.

The Czech will still need to be wary of Cirstea, who enjoys playing against big-hitting players. The Romanian is a master at using her opponent's pace against them and the onus of having to come up with a different strategy will rest on Kvitova's shoulder.

The former champion was a lot more patient with her rally construction towards the back end of her contest against Teichmann and that is exactly what she will need to do against Cirstea. If she can keep a tab on the unforced errors, Kvitova should be able to come out on top.

Pick: Kvitova to win in two tight sets

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