Ahead of the Shiseido WTA Finals Shenzhen Purple Group clash between Petra Kvitova and Ashleigh Barty today, take a look back at their previous meetings in a rivalry that Kvitova leads 4-2 overall.
Petra Kvitova first met Ashleigh Barty in the first round of Roland Garros 2012 and defeated the 16-year-old wildcard 6-1, 6-2 en route to a career-best semifinal showing in Paris (Getty)
Their second meeting was a milestone in two remarkable comebacks: Kvitova won the 2017 Birmingham final 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 for her first title after a knife attack, while for Barty it was a first Premier final after a two-year hiatus from the game (Getty)
Their third meeting came in another final - a late-night thriller in Sydney in 2019 which saw Kvitova essay a thrilling turnaround to beat Barty 1-6, 7-5, 7-6(3) (Getty)
Just over a week later in the 2019 Australian Open quarterfinals, Kvitova beat Barty on her home turf again - 6-1, 6-4 this time - to reach her first major semifinal in five years (Getty)
Having lost the first four matches in a row against Kvitova, Barty began to turn the rivalry around with a 7-6(6), 3-6, 6-2 victory in the 2019 Miami quarterfinals en route to her biggest title to date at the time (Getty)
In their first meeting as two Grand Slam champions, World No.1 Barty posted a second straight win over Kvitova in the Beijing 2019 quarterfinals 4-6, 6-4, 6-3 (Getty)