One of the more intriguing match-up to take place on Wednesday afternoon in the second round of the Qatar Total Open 2015 is the berth between Petra Kvitova and Jelena Jankovic. As it stands, the pair have a tied head-to-head series with two wins a piece. The former Serbian No. 1 won their two most recent encounters in 2013-14 and will look to maintain that streak on Tuesday. Check out the Kvitova v Jankovic Head to Head.
Petra Kvitova began her season in sublime fashion, as she worked her way through the Sydney draw to lift the title with a win over rising star Karolina Pliskova. Unfortunately, she followed up with a third round exit in Melbourne to Madison Keys, and then a second round exit in Dubai to Carla Suarez Navarro. She will now look to rebound with a successful showing this week in Doha.
While she only had one pro win under her belt so far in 2015, Jelena Jankovic stormed past Saisai Zeng 6-0, 6-2 to reach the second round in Doha. She managed 72% of her first service points, and saved four break points en route to the victory in 1 hour and 36 minutes. Jankovic has been unable to get past the second round of any tournament on the WTA tour this season, and currently holds a 2-3 win-loss record this year.
This marks the fifth time that these two competitors will meet on the WTA Tour, with the series tied at 2-wins each. Kvitova won their first two meetings (Fed Cup, Linz) while Jankovic rallied to level the series with consecutive wins in Beijing and Doha. While the series momentum favours the Serb, Jankovic has been far from her best so far this season and will be hard pressed to defeat the resurgent Kvitova on Tuesday.
Prediction: Petra Kvitova in Straight Sets