While the WTA season is officially over, several of the tour’s top players will clash in the final of the Fed Cup – a tie contested between Czech Republic and Germany in Prague. Up first, a compelling match-up between two players with relatively successful 2014 seasons: Petra Kvitova and Andrea Petkovic. The two have crossed on seven separate occasions, with the German No. 2 leading the head to head series 4-3.
After successfully earning her second Grand Slam title at the Wimbledon Championships in July, Petra Kvitova translated her grass court efforts to more success on hard courts. The Czech No. 1 lifted titles in New Haven and Wuhan before having her streak broken in Beijing with a loss to Maria Sharapova in the final. She would fail to end her WTA season in style, as she crashed out of the year-end championships in the round robin stage following consecutive losses to Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki.
“It’s been a long time since we played each other,” Kvitova said of her upcoming opponent. “She’s been in good form. I know a little bit how she’s playing, and we’re gonna talk about the tactics for tomorrow. I need really to focus on myself, not really on her.”
Following a tempestuous autumn on the tour, where she went through undisclosed personal issues, and suffered consecutive first round losses in Linz and Luxembourg, Andrea Petkovic snapped a four-match losing streak in Sofia en route to the winning the Tournament of Champions. She defeated Dominika Cibulkova, Tsvetana Pironkova, Garbiñe Muguruza and Flavia Pennetta consecutively to lift the crown – a string of wins that undoubtedly boosted her morale and confidence heading into the nerve wrecking final.
“We are nervous, definitely,” Petkovic said. “We’re trying to transform it into good energy and into positive emotions. “Petra’s such a great player. She’s probably a little more experienced but we had a great preparation week. I’m ready for everything.”
This marks the eighth time that Kvitova and Petkovic will cross paths, and could arguably be their most important meeting to date. While the German holds the overall lead in the series, they have not met in over three years, which complicates the predictability of the outcome on Saturday.
Prediction: Petra Kvitova in Three Sets