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Kvitova vs Rybarikova Australian Open R1 predictions & betting tips

Hannah Wilks 12 Jan 2019
  • Eighth seed Petra Kvitova faces Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round of the Australian Open
  • Kvitova lost in the first round of two of the four majors in 2018
  • Kvitova vs Rybarikova live stream available – watch and bet on Australian Open tennis live at bet365

Petra Kvitova vs Magdalena Rybarikova Australian Open 2019 first round match preview, predictions and betting tips here – Is an exhausted Kvitova heading for another first-round exit from Melbourne?


Date: Monday 14 January 2019
Start time: Not before 7pm local/8am GMT
Court:  Melbourne Arena

Kvitova vs Rybarikova predictions

Two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova has won no fewer than six WTA Tour titles over the previous 12 months and is due to be ranked world no. 6 on Monday after winning the Apia International Sydney – but that doesn’t mean she’s not in danger of a first-round exit from the Australian Open at the hands of Magdalena Rybarikova.

Kvitova has often struggled at the Australian Open, making her lone semifinal appearance in 2012 and failing to get past the third round in subsequent years. In 2018, she lost 8-10 in the third to Andrea Petkovic in the first round after imperfect preparation – part of a pattern of early losses at Grand Slams which has only intensified even while her ranking and her results at regular WTA events have rebounded after suffering that traumatic knife attack in 2016. A victory for Kvitova is currently priced at 1/8 @ Ladbrokes.

Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova is not exactly a household name but she’s a classy player who was in the top 20 last year after making the Wimbledon semifinals in 2017 and reached the round of 16 at the Australian Open 12 months ago. The odds of a Rybarikova win are 5/1 @ William Hill.

In addition to Grand Slam nerves and a tricky opponent, Kvitova also looked to be physically struggling during Saturday’s Sydney final against Ashleigh Barty, eventually winning it after more than two grueling hours which may have cost her her chance at a deep run in Melbourne – or any run at all. 

Kvitova vs Rybarikova match stats

Kvitova leads the head-to-head 6-1 (but they have only played twice in the past seven years)
The Czech has twice lost in the first round in her past four Australian Open appearances
Rybarikova is 10-26 against top-10 players

Kvitova vs Rybarikova betting tips

The head-to-head may be crushingly in favour of Kvitova at 6-1, but it’s also misleading – the two have only played twice since 2011. Kvitova’s physical condition is suspect after a grueling Sydney final, and she also has a problem with nerves at Grand Slams. Rybarikova can force Kvitova to run a lot and break up her rhythm with crafty slice and drop shots. A Rybarikova win is priced at 5/1 @ William Hill.

Kvitova vs Rybarikova odds

Kvitova to win – 2/13 @ BetVictor
Rybarikova to win – 5/1 @ William Hill
Rybarikova to lose set 1 and win – 20/1 @ William Hill

Kvitova vs Rybarikova recommended bet

Rybarikova to win at 5/1 @ William Hill

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