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Petra Kvitova vs Agnieszka Radwanska WTA Eastbourne Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: In-form Kvitova battles Radwanska for quarter-final berth

Leye Aduloju in WTA Tour 26 Jun 2018
  • Petra Kvitova vs Agnieszka Radwanska is live from Eastourne on Wednesday, 27 June from 12:30pm local time/ BST
  • Kvitova leads 7-5 on head-to-head
Petra Kvitova. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for LTA)

On a six-match winning streak on grass, Petra Kvitova targets a quarter final berth at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne when she takes on former world number one, Caroline Wozniacki. 

Fresh off a title-winning run in Birmingham, where she defeated, among others, Johanna Konta and Julia Goerges, Kvitova took out Kateryna Bondarenko in her Eastbourne opener on Tuesday. She was again too powerful for Bondarenko, firing away 27 winners and committing just 22 errors in the  hour and 18 minutes affair. 

"Obviously, I'm a little bit tired, but I got a hit this morning before the match, a warmup," Kvitova said. "The whole tournament [in Birmingham] was more relaxed for me from my side. It was great that I hopefully will save some energy for the next weeks. I felt good with the body, so that's important."

Kvitova was broken while attempting to serve out the opening set at 5-4, but she regained her break immediately, before serving out the set at the second time of asking. Bondarenko made the early running in the second set, taking a 3-1 lead, but Kvitova was emphatic in her response, winning five straight games to close out the set.

This time last year, Kvitova was still taking the first steps in her comeback to the tour following a knife attack in her home six months earlier, but she is now firmly on the move, lodged in the WTA's top ten, and heading into Wimbledon as one of the top contenders for the title. 

The two-time Wimbledon champion is already up to five titles in a fine campaign, having emerged champion on the hard courts of St. Petersburg and Doha; on the clay of Prague and Madrid; and then on the grass of Birmingham last week. She appears to have hit one of those purple patches, and once she does, she is almost impossible to stop. Agnieszka Radwanska will be the next woman to attempt to halt the Czech when they meet in Eastbourne on Wednesday. 

It's been a tough couple of seasons for Radwanska, who was ranked inside the top three at start of last year, but is now currently just outside the top 30 following a loss of form and her trademark consistency, and battles with injuries.

Agnieszka Radwanska. (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP/Getty Images)
Playing her first tournament in two months, the fit-again Radwanska has scored two contrasting wins at Eastbourne, dismissing Timea Babos 6-3 6-1 in the first round, before outlasting Daria Gavrilova 5-7 7-5 6-0.

The former top-ten mainstay had missed most of the European clay season, including Roland Garros due back and hip injuries, but she is hoping to get her year back on track on grass, where she has enjoyed decent success in the past, most notably, reaching the Wimbledon final in 2012.

The Pole is looking to reach just her third quarter final of the season, and her first since January. The 29-year-old made the last eight in her first two tournaments of the year- in Auckland and Sydney, but it has been a hard toil since then, with her best results after than being third-round runs at the Australian Open and Miami. 

Her season went from bad to worse in her first match on European clay in Istanbul, where she retired hurt against Donna Vekic, citing a back injury, and she would not play again for the rest of the clay-court season. 

The 29-year-old is fit again for grass, where she has already beaten Babos and Gavrilova, saving two match points before getting past the latter. Can she pull off a statement win over the in-form Kvitova just a few days before Wimbledon commences? 

"I don't really have nothing to lose, especially she's having great season and five titles already", Radwanska said. "I think she's really on fire".

"So we played so many matches against each other. I think, you know, I just hope I can really play the same game I was playing today and we'll see. I really gonna enjoy that match. I'm playing against one of the best players in the world, so we'll see."

The head-to-head is tight, with Kvitova edging it 7-5. The Czech also won their only previous meeting on grass, coming from behind to record a 1-6 6-2 7-6 victory in Eastbourne back in 2011. The styles couldn't be more different, with Kvitova looking to power past the Pole, and the crafty Radwanska trying to weave a route around the Czech's imposing game. With her flat groundstrokes, variety with the slice and the drop shots, and excellent hands at the net, Radwanska is just the player to upset Kvitova's rhythm, but this match may have come a bit too early in her comeback. Kvitova is on a roll at the moment, and she should be too powerful for Radwanska in this intriguing Eastbourne meeting. 

Petra Kvitova vs Agnieszka Radwanska is live from Eastourne on Wednesday, 27 June from 12:30pm local time/ BST

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Petra Kvitova vs Agnieszka Radwanska WTA Eastbourne Preview, Predictions and Live Stream: In-form Kvitova battles Radwanska for quarter-final berth

Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska battle for a quarter final berth at Eastbourne on Wednesday. Can Kvitova extend her winning streak? Read our preview, predictions and stream the match live online.

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