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Kenin and Kvitova, the two heads that stick out

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 7, 2020

In a women’s table filled with surprises since the start of the fortnight, it is almost an anomaly to find a semi-final between the seeds n ° 4 and 7 while in the other part of the table, a player from the qualifying, Nadia Podoroska, takes on 19-year-old Iga Swiatek. Petra Kvitova and Sofia Kenin took advantage of this clear table with no seed faced so far to climb into the last four. For the Czech, this is the second time in her career that she has reached this stage of the competition, after 2012 when she was beaten by Maria Sharapova, the future winner of the tournament. “Given what has happened in recent years (in reference to his assault by a burglar in 2016, editor’s note), this semi-final is even more important for me than at the time because there are a few years, I could not have imagined it would come to this. It’s a truly miracle ”, savors Kvitova who has not always been very consistent in Grand Slam since the start of her career.

Only three-set wins for Kenin

Already victorious at the Australian Open at the start of the year, Kenin was not necessarily scheduled to end up at this stage of the competition. Before this Roland Garros, the American had never reached a quarterfinal in a clay court tournament. Despite tight matches, all won in three sets, the 21-year-old seems to gain confidence as the rounds pass: “Physically and mentally, I’m well prepared. I have the feeling that I always make a good start to the game. I try to set the tone from the start, to put a lot of pressure on my opponent, and I play a lot better than before. I try, suddenly, to give them the message that I am the boss in the field from the start. “

Advantage Kvitova in their clashes

The two players have already crossed paths twice on the circuit for as many victories for Kvitova. The world number 11 was notably victorious (6-1, 6-4) from their only clash on clay last year in Madrid. “She’s powerful. She has powerful serve. She has a good raise. I will try to find a good balance. I will try above all to vary my game, I am delighted to play this semi-final against her, ”explains Kenin before this confrontation. One thing is certain, the winner of this confrontation will start with the favorite bib next Saturday in the final.

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