Fixture: (14) Petra Kvitova vs (15) Beatriz Haddad Maia
Date: 25 June 2022
Tournament: Rothesay International Eastbourne 2022
Venue: Eastbourne, United Kingdom
Category: WTA 500
Prize money: $757,900
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Petra Kvitova vs Beatriz Haddad Maia preview
Petra Kvitova will take on Beatriz Haddad Maia in the semifinals of the 2022 Rothesay Eastbourne International. This will be their second meeting on grass this season.
Kvitova has managed to steady the ship over the last week after enduring a rough start to her grasscourt campaign — having lost to Haddad Maia in her opening match at Birmingham. The Czech has scored three solid wins here in Eastbourne and looked close to her best in her 6-3, 6-4 dismissal of Harriet Dart.
A former finalist here in Eastbourne, Kvitova will now be eyeing nothing short of a title finish at the last stop before Wimbledon.
Haddad Maia, meanwhile, will look to continue her hot streak heading into the business end of another grasscourt tournament. The Brazilian has already captured back-to-back trophies in Nottingham and Birmingham, having beaten the likes of Kvitova, Simona Halep, Maria Sakkari and Camila Giorgi en-route.
Here in Eastbourne, Haddad Maia survived a three-set battle against Kaia Kanepi before cruising past Jodie Burrage. She received a walkover in her quarterfinal against Lesia Tsurneko.
Petra Kvitova vs Beatriz Haddad Maia head-to-head
Beatriz Haddad Maia leads Petra Kvitova in their current head-to-head 1-0, having taken the win at Birmingham a couple of weeks ago.
Petra Kvitova vs Beatriz Haddad Maia odds
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Petra Kvitova vs Beatriz Haddad Maia prediction
Petra Kvitova finally looks to have left her serving woes behind her. Barring the opening set stumble against Katie Boulter in the third round, the Czech has been emphatic in the department. She faced only one break point in the entirety of her quarterfinal contest.
It is in stark contrast to her performance at Birmingham, where she served seven double faults and dropped her serve on four occasions against Haddad Maia — who capitalised on the free points by staying solid behind her own delivery to eke out a close win.
The Brazilian, however, will have a hard time making inroads into Kvitova's service games if the latter can maintain the level that she has shown this week. Kvitova also possesses more firepower off the ground than her opponent and a lot will depend on her execution.
Haddad Maia has found answers to everything that her opponents have thrown at her over the last fortnight, but with Kvitova beginning to improve her level, the Brazilian will need to have a slightly different gameplan than last time. Unless Haddad Maia can step in and take the ball early and keep her opponent off balance, she risks being blown away by her fellow southpaw's firepower.
Pick: Kvitova to win in two tight sets