Petra was peaking in this match. I honestly don't even think Caro was that bad overall, except for not getting enough first serves in - her second serves were being slaughtered by Petra which may have added to the pressure. But in any case she wasn't really allowed to play her game.
Kvitova's serve, especially her ROS, and also her ground game looked deadly. By her standards she was barely missing. Obviously she's one of the streakiest players so who knows if she'll be able to take it into the next round, but if so it's gonna be hard for poor Barty who has already lost to her twice this year.
Whenever these two play off grass , more often than not, the result depends on how well Garcia returns Kvitova's serve. This match is no exception. Whenever Petra gets some cheap points on serve regularly, other parts of her game automatically work.
Barty next. H2H suggests that she is a pigeon but Barty is due for a win over Petra at some point. If she can't beat Petra in not so great form at her worst tournament ever, then I am afraid she won't ever have another good opportunity.
Petra looks great. Can't see her having problems with Ash next round given that she has beaten her quite a few times now, even on an off day like back in the Sydney final. Get that #1 ranking, she really deserves it after her great 2019. Her improved footwork makes her game so much better!
I know my fellow Serena stans are not rooting for Osaka in the final... this little girl that hired Sascha and got him to teach her all of Serena’s trade secrets. The girl that played the victim card way up after the USO and caused even more backlash to Serena. The girl that prevented Serena from getting to 24 and tying the record... Kvitova is an angel in my book and has never beaten Serena at anything major. She can stay, and she will have my full support on Friday because I am a true Serena fan and I do not support people who oppose the Queens crown.