With 400.000$ and 470 “road to singapore” points on the line the WTA Dubai attracts some of the biggest name of the WTA and this is a fixture with some recent news in mind seems to be an all out value pick. On the 17th of february Madison Brengle will face Petra Kvitova in the 1/8 finals of the event. Brengle will be looking to show that she can withstand yet another of the world elite left hand players as she comes into this fixture, having lost twice to Angelique Kerber already in this years tour.
Kvitova is currently in a bad state in her career following her great performance at the final event of last years tour when she reached the finals at the Singapore Paribas Open where she fought through 3 sets with Radwanska but was defeated with 6-2 4-6 6-3. To try and mend this she broke of her 7 year old partnership with her coach David Kotyza to “try new things”. Kvitova who also got engaged recently dropped out in the second round of the Australian Open to Daria Gavrilova and things are looking grim, however she said that she have set her sight on yet another title in Dubai.
Petra Kvitova will be coming into this fixture with 4 defeats and 1 victory in her latest 5 games. Petra’s victory was versus the 22 year old rank 147 Luksika Kumkhum. However she has been bested in all games versus more noteworthy opponents such as Simona Halep and Maria Sharapova and it seems that Petra Kvitova is haunted by inconsistency and lack of focus.
Madison Brengle will be coming into this fixture with 3 victories and 2 defeats in her latest 5 games. Madison’s most notable victory was with 6-4 7-5 versus the rank 31 Ekaterina Makarova in the first round of this event. Having been defeated twice on this years tour by a top rank left hand player already Brengle will be looking to prove herself in this fixture and should be coming in with the right motivation to do so.
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Kvitova and Brengle have had one head to head meeting prior to this fixture and it was in the R16 in Stuttgart last year, a match that Brengle secured in straight sets with 6-3 7-6(2). However that was on clay and this match will be played on a hard court, something that will be advantageous to Kvitova and her strong serve.
The viking’s prediction for this fixture is a 2-1 victory for Brengle, normally this would be a clear Kvitova win but with her weak performance and everything that is going on for her the Brengle pick holds some great value. Even though their last meeting might not serve as a great preview for this game seeing how it’s another surface, Brengle will be coming into the fixture knowing that she have managed to beat Kvitova before. However the smart gambler should be treating the world no.7 with the respect she deserves and should be looking at this as a pure value pick and as such it might be smart to consider the handicap and over 20.5 games pick if you’re looking to place a sizeable bet.
Madison Brengle – Petra Kvitova 2-1 @ 7.50
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The vikings picks for this game:
Madison Brengle – Petra Kvitova, Madison Brengle +4.5 @ 1.87
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