Probably the pick of the women’s matches on Manic Monday, two-time champion Petra Kvitova will play Johanna Konta on Centre Court. Konta looks to have regained the confidence and form that saw her make the semi finals here 2 years ago while Kvitova’s injury woes look to be over if her first week is anything to go by.
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There were doubts that Kvitova would even compete at Wimbledon after an arm injury but she looks to have shrugged that off with three dominant wins in week one of the tournament. She beat Ons Jabeur, Kristina Mladenovic and now Magda Linette to make it to the second week for the first time since she won her second title in 2014. “I think I played the best tennis here today. I think that she played great game as well. She was serving much better than I was expecting actually, so it was really difficult,” Kvitova said. “I think I played pretty aggressive. It was kind of the key of it. I moved pretty well, as well. From the first point, I felt great.”
Konta came from a set down to beat Sloane Stephens, carrying on her strong run of form over the past few months. Her performance in the 3-6 6-4 6-1 wasn’t the best for large parts but was rarely troubled late on, easing through in the deciding set.
Kvitova’s performances over the last few years have shown a much improved level of consistency in WTA Tour events, although that hasn’t quite converted to slams until recently. She was a finalist in Australia and has a great chance to repeat that here. After this match, it’s a very winnable clash against either Barbora Strycova or Elise Mertens before a possible blockbuster with Ashleigh Barty or Serena Williams. “It’s great to play just two sets, for sure, for my arm. It’s the best I can have, but you really never know what is coming next,” Kvitova said. “With the strokes which I play today, even from the returns already was the key of it. I going to try my best to continue in this kind of performance.”
Prediction – Petra Kvitova in three sets