The eighth seed has a tough test in her first match in Cincinnati.
WTA Staff
August 14, 2018

CINCINNATI, OH, USA - Petra Kvitova is seeded eighth at the Western and Southern Open - but she has the toughest of opponents to get past in the Round of 32.

The Czech faces 23-time singles Grand Slam champion Serena Williams, who holds a 5-1 head-to-head record over her. However, they have not played each other in three years - and Kvitova won that last meeting, on clay in Madrid.

"Serena is a big champion," Kvitova told "She's coming back. I think she's in great form will be a tough match. On the other hand, it will be a great match for both of us to face each other after many years."

Kvitova has enjoyed a successful 2018, winning five titles so far this year.

"Overall I think my consistency is much better. I know how to turn a match around, even though I'm not playing my best," she said. "Everyone can win a match when they're playing amazing, but it's tougher to win a match when you're not playing great."

Check out the video interview!