IGA SWIATEK vs BARBORA KREJCIKOVA

Iga Swiatek vs Barbora Krejcikova – WTA Ostrava final. We are hoping this one defies the odds, and we want to share it with everyone! 

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IGA SWIATEK vs BARBORA KREJCIKOVA

WTA OSTRAVA

Iga Świątek is number one for a good reason, and being competitive she will want to win this final. However, if we are being analytical, there are enough reasons to oppose her with Barbora Krejcikova.

Foremost, for Swiatek playing Ostrava is nothing more than a tick-over tournament. The plan for the 21-year-old will be to arrive in Fort Worth (WTA finals) in top shape. Since that tournament starts on the 31st of October, she needs to stay match-fit!

If we look at Swiatek’s progress this week, we have other reasons for opposing the top seed. In her first match, Ajla Tomljanovic was going toe-to-toe with the Polish player before getting injured. In the QF, Caty McNally, a player ranked 151 made her fight for a 6/4 6/4 victory. Lastly, yesterday’s 3-set win over Ekaterina Alexandrova took 2:39, and the two sets she won were tight. Moreover, if Alexandrova had more self-belief, she would have won the match.

For the record, Swiatek was able to skip the first round, she’s made heavy weather of reaching the final. To make a long story short, she’s playing at 80% and not the 100% needed!

For Barbora Krejcikova, winning this home tournament would be a big thing. After missing part of the season with niggling injuries, the 26-year-old is trying to make up for the lost time.

At this time last year, the Czech player was ranked at 3. She had won a minor tournament in Strasbourg before taking the French Grand Slam. While 2021 was Krejcikova’s big breakthrough, she reached her career-high rank of 2 in May (2022). 

As it stands, Barbora is back up at rank 18, and a win today would take her to rank 14. Krejcikova won last week’s tournament in Tallinn by beating Anett Kontaveit in the final. 

Wins this week against Shelby Rogers and Alicia Parks proved she had recovered And, yesterday’s semi-final win over Elena Rybakina was her best performance this year!

In conclusion, Krejcikova knows how to win back-to-back tournaments. Furthermore, her target is to win Ostrava, whereas Swiatek will have half an eye on the finals. Recent wins over Haddad Maia, Bencic, Kontaveit and Rybakina can only give Barbora confidence. Finally, we know who the crowd will be supporting, and in a game of fine margins, every bit helps.

BET: BARBORA KREJCIKOVA

Odds: 2.9