Yarra Valley Classic 2021: Venus Williams vs Petra Kvitova Preview, Head-to-Head & Prediction

Published 02/01/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Venus Williams of the United States celebrates after winning match point in her first round match against Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania during day two of the 2019 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 15, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)


Former World No. 1 Venus Williams moved into the Round of 32 at the WTA Yarra Valley Classic event. It is the first edition, and the American will look forward to beginning the season on a positive note. She will be facing two-time Grand Slam winner Petra Kvitova in her next match.

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In the previous season, Petra failed to win a title on Tour. However, she reached the semi-final at Roland Garros, matching her best performance at the event. She will look to brush aside her performances of the previous season and begin on a brighter note at the WTA Yarra Valley Classic. 

Venus Williams of the United States celebrates defeating Laura Siegemund of Germany during her third round Women’s Singles match on Day Six of the 2016 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 3, 2016 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Venus Williams vs Petra Kvitova: Head-to-Head

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Venus Williams and Petra Kvitova have played against each other seven times, with the Czech leading 4-3. The first time they played was in 2008 and Petra won the match in three sets. All of their matches have gone the distance into three sets, which indicates to expect a thriller in their upcoming match. 

The last time they met was at the Indian Wells Masters in 2019. The American got the better of the Czech after recovering from a set and a double break down to win the match 4-6 7-5 6-4. 

Williams vs Kvitova: Prediction

Looking back at the performances in the previous season, both players faired below par as compared to their results over the years. Many might feel the Czech can beat the American, after losing in their last two meetings. Venus lost in the first round of the three Grand Slams played last year. 

The WTA Yarra Valley Classic event is held in Melbourne Park, where the Australian Open is played. Both players have been a finalist at the Australian Open. It’ll be a tight contest and Kvitova might get the edge over Williams as she had a better season last year. 

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Prediction: Petra Kvitova to win in three sets. 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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