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Kvitova vs Minnen WTA Stuttgart live streaming, preview and tips - Kvitova begins Stuttgart title quest against rising qualifier

Andrew Hendrie in WTA Tour 24 Apr 2019
  • Petra Kvitova vs Greet Minnen is live from Stuttgart around 8.00pm local time on Wednesday (7.00pm BST)
  • It's the first career meeting between the pair
Petra Kvitova (PA Images)

Two-time Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semi-finalist Petra Kvitova launches her title quest in Stuttgart on Wednesday night against Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen.

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Australian Open runner-up and World No. 3 Petra Kvitova looks to get off to a winning start in Stuttgart on Wednesday when she takes on 21-year-old qualifier Greet Minnen, who is playing in her first WTA Premier-level tournament.

Kvitova is competing in Stuttgart for the seventh time and will be targeting a first final at the tournament after two previous semi-final finishes in 2012 and 2016, while she was also a quarter-finalist in 2013 and lost in the opening round last season in a tough match-up with Angelique Kerber. Despite that first round exit, Kvitova would go on one of the best runs of the season after departing Stuttgart, winning 13 matches in a row, including picking up two WTA titles in her native Prague and the Premier Mandatory Mutua Madrid Open, but she couldn’t build on that winning momentum when it mattered most, going down in the third round of Roland Garros to Anett Kontaveit.

Unfortunately, Kvitova struggled at the slams in 2018, while she also ended the year on a four-match losing streak, but the Czech has been in sensational form to kick off 2019, winning the Sydney International title, beating Kerber and Ash Barty along the way, while she also defeated Barty on her way to the Australian Open final later in January, where she was thwarted by Naomi Osaka in a three-set thriller. Kvitova went on to finish runner-up in Dubai to Belinda Bencic, but she would have been disappointed in an opening round exit in Indian Wells and a quarter-final elimination to Barty in Miami, although she’s never played her best tennis at that juncture of the season.

Back on European clay, where she achieved some of her finest results last season, can Kvitova - currently ranked No. 3 in the world - make up some ground in her pursuit of the No. 1 ranking and go deep in Stuttgart this week?


She will be the overwhelming favourite in her opening match against Greet Minnen. The 21-year-old has already won four matches on her WTA Premier tournament debut in Stuttgart over the last few days, beating Liudmila Samsonova, Anna Blinkova and Giulia Gatto-Monticone in qualifying before claiming the biggest win of her career so far, taking out former World No. 4 and Australian Open runner-up Dominika Cibulkova 7-5 6-3 to set up a second round showdown with another Australian Open runner-up.

Minnen has put together a meteoric rise over the last 16 months, starting 2018 unranked and coming into Stuttgart at No. 195. The Belgian won her first ITF title as a No. 1,090-ranked outsider in Solariono, Italy in March of last year and would go on to win three more and finish runner-up at another, ending the season at No. 316 in the world. Minnen would also make her WTA main draw debut in doubles in Luxembourg, where she partnered up with her girlfriend and fellow tennis pro Alison Van Uytvanck to win the title. Minnen has improved her year-end ranking from 2018 over 100 spots so far in 2019, qualifying and making the quarter-finals in Hobart as she won her first WTA main draw singles wins over Kateryna Kozlova and Magda Linette, while she also won another ITF title in Yokohama to ultimately break into the world’s top 200 before arriving in Stuttgart.

It’s clear Minnen is a player on the rise - you don’t climb from unranked into the top 200 in the space of 16 months if you don’t have some serious talent. But taking out the World No. 3 will probably prove a step too far at this stage of her career. Minnen has already enjoyed a great tournament, but if Kvitova doesn’t dish up a shocker, it will likely come to an end on Wednesday night.


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Kvitova vs Minnen WTA Stuttgart live streaming, preview and tips - Kvitova begins Stuttgart title quest against rising qualifier

Two-time Porsche Tennis Grand Prix semi-finalist Petra Kvitova launches her title quest in Stuttgart on Wednesday night against Belgian qualifier Greet Minnen.

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