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Petra Kvitova vs Liudmila Samsonova: China Open 2023 Preview

After her surprising loss to 19-year-old Diana Shnaider in Ningbo, Petra Kvitova landed in Beijing. Her first-round match against local favorite Wang Xiyu was a grueling battle, lasting three hours, but she managed to secure a 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory. Kvitova’s season has been marked by inconsistency, despite winning titles in Miami and Berlin. She is eager to put together back-to-back wins for the first time since the grass swing season ended. Beijing offers her a chance to turn her season around, especially since she has reached the quarterfinals or better in five of her last ten visits to the city. This tournament could be a turning point for the Czech player as she looks to regain her form.

Liudmila Samsonova, competing in her debut tournament in China, encountered some frustration in her opening match. Despite being the superior player, she had to battle through seven match points to overcome Alycia Parks with a score of 6-4, 7-6, even saving three set points on her own serve. Samsonova’s previous tournament in Tokyo ended in disappointment as she failed to defend her title, falling to fellow Russian Ekaterina Alexandrova in the second round. However, she has maintained a high level of play, evidenced by her appearance in the WTA 1000 final in Montreal and a semifinal in DC. Last season, she secured three titles towards the end, showcasing her tennis prowess, which continues to shine through despite the occasional setback.

Match facts

Petra Kvitova vs Liudmila Samsonova Details
Date October 2, 2023
Surface Hard
Tournament China Open
Stage Round of 32
Time (India) 3:00 pm

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Form Guide

Petra Kvitova

Opponent Score
Xiyu Wang 6-7, 7-5, 6-3 (W)
Diana Shnaider 1-6, 6-4, 3-6 (L)
Yulia Putintseva (walkover) (W)
Anna-Lena Friedsam 7-6, 6-1 (W)
Caroline Wozniacki 5-7, 6-7 (L)

Liudmila Samsonova

Opponent Score
Alycia Parks 6-4, 7-6 (W)
Ekaterina Alexandrova 4-6, 2-6 (L)
Tatjana Maria 6-0, 6-2 (W)
Madison Keys 7-5, 2-6, 2-6 (L)
Tamara Korpatsch 6-3, 6-3 (W)

Head to head

In their only prior meeting, Petra Kvitova leads 1-0 in head-to-head matches. They played in the second round of Brisbane a few weeks before the pandemic, where Liudmila Samsonova, then a 129th-ranked qualifier, lost to Kvitova 6-3, 6-2, in just 60 minutes. This time around, Samsonova is determined to put up a stronger fight and achieve a closer scoreline against the veteran player.

Petra Kvitova vs Liudmila Samsonova date

The round of 32 match of China Open 2023 between Petra Kvitova and Liudmila Samsonova will take place on October 2.


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