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Kvitova vs Bertens tennis live streaming, preview and predictions – Madrid final rematch for Kvitova as she tries to make first Rogers Cup quarterfinal in five years

Hannah Wilks in WTA Tour 9 Aug 2018
  • Petra Kvitova faces Kiki Bertens for a place in the quarterfinals at the Rogers Cup on Thursday
  • Kvitova vs Bertens is live from Montreal on Thursday at 4.30pm local/9.30pm BST
Petra Kvitova (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)

Kiki Bertens looks to be bringing the best season of her career to hard courts, but will it be enough to defeat former champion Petra Kvitova and make the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal?

In a rematch of a memorable Madrid final, Petra Kvitova takes on Kiki Bertens for a place in the quarterfinals in Montreal on Thursday as the former champion tries to make her way back to the last eight at the Rogers Cup for the first time in five years.

Kvitova with the Rogers Cup trophy in 2012  (Photo by Robert Laberge/Getty Images)
With the exception of the Connecticut Open in New Haven, which Kvitova has won three times, North American hard courts have never been a particularly fruitful surface for the Czech. The two-time Wimbledon champion has never won a Premier Mandatory title on the surface, or been past the quarterfinals at the US Open. In this regard, the title Kvitova won at the Rogers Cup in Montreal in 2012 was a bit of an anomaly – but then so, to be honest, was the tournament, with the field impacted by the fact that it was an Olympics year (and that said Olympics were being held on grass courts). 

Kvitova beat Caroline Wozniacki, Marion Bartoli and Li Na to claim that 2012 Rogers Cup title, but she has not had much success at the tournament since then: She made the quarterfinals in 2013, but lost to the unseeded Sorana Cirstea, and since then her record in Montreal/Toronto has been 4-5 (although it’s some excellent players that Kvitova has lost to – the likes of Victoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens, Ekaterina Makarova). 

With 39 wins and just eight defeats under her belt already for 2018, however, Kvitova is having a superb season when it comes to regular WTA Tour events. Success at Grand Slam level is eluding her – she lost in the first rounds of the Australian Open and, much more painfully, Wimbledon, where she was the overwhelming favourite – but the Czech has no fewer than five titles, across all surfaces, to her credit so far in 2018 and not at small events, either: One International title (Prague), two Premier (St Petersburg and Birmingham), one Premier-5 (Doha) and one Premier Mandatory (Madrid).

Defying at least some expectations, Kvitova opened her Rogers Cup campaign with an excellent win over Anett Kontaveit, who has been a tough opponent for her in the past – most notably knocking her out of Roland Garros in straight sets. Kontaveit played well, but Kvitova was on both seemingly relaxed and formidable form, smiling frequently throughout the 6-3, 6-4 victory over the Estonian.

‘We play always pretty tough matches,’ Kvitova said afterwards. ‘I lost to her in Roland Garros. It was a nice revenge today. I'm happy with my performance. I think from the beginning of the match I felt good on the court. I really enjoyed the stadium, which I do have the best memories in Montreal. It was great to be back and play.’

It only gets tougher from here, however, because in Kiki Bertens, Kvitova has an opponent who – as the Czech herself pointed out in press – is playing the best tennis of her career.

Bertens and Kvitova after the Madrid Open final (JAVIER SORIANO/AFP/Getty Images)
The Netherlands’ Bertens has always been a superb player on natural surfaces, especially clay, with five titles to her credit on that surface as well as a semifinal run at the French Open in 2016. And it was on clay again that Bertens initially shone this year, winning the biggest title of her career in Charleston and finishing runner-up to Kvitova herself in Madrid, after scoring wins over Maria Sharapova, Caroline Wozniacki and Caroline Garcia. For the first time, however, success on grass followed for the Dutch player with her run to the quarterfinals of Wimbledon, where she eliminated Venus Williams and Karolina Pliskova before losing to Julia Goerges.

Now up to world no. 18, Bertens also shows signs of succeeding for the first time on American hard courts. After winning just one US Open Series match in the past two years, she has already doubled that haul just in Montreal this week, first beating wildcard Carol Zhao 6-1, 6-2, then scoring the first top-10 win of her career on hard courts over former US Open runner-up and ninth seed Pliskova, 6-2, 6-2 – breaking the Czech’s serve seven times.

Pliskova didn’t serve well – she had eight double faults and zero aces – but Bertens’s returning was a definite part of that equation and the Dutch player looks energized and in fine form, which could be ominous for Kvitova.

Bertens got just one game the first time she and Kvitova faced off, at Wimbledon in 2015, but their second and much more pertinent meeting in Madrid was a much closer affair, with a fatigued but on-fire Kvitova battling to a 7-6(6), 4-6, 6-3 victory. Hard courts should be more in Kvitova’s favour than Bertens, but with the kind of confidence with which the Dutch woman is currently playing, all bets are off. One suspects it will take quite an effort from Kvitova to stop Bertens from making her first Rogers Cup quarterfinal.

Kvitova vs Bertens third-round tennis is live from Montreal on Thursday at 4.30pm local/9.30pm BST

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