Angelique Kerber and Petra Kvitova will resume their compelling rivalry in the quarterfinals of the Sydney International.
The German and the Czech headline the night session at Ken Rosewall Arena on Thursday, a court that will also feature four Aussies in action.
Kerber, the second seed, got past Camila Giorgi in straight sets in her opening match after a first-round bye, while Kvitova, the No.5 seed, followed up her defeat of Aryna Sabalenka with another straight-sets win late on Wednesday night, this time over Hsieh Su-Wei.
Getting the better of Hsieh 7-6(2), 6-2! pic.twitter.com/RD2mcew0CF
— WTA (@WTA) January 9, 2019
In 12 meetings on tour, Kerber and Kvitova have won six each. They split their two meetings in 2018, with Kerber winning their most recent battle in the first round of the WTA clay-court event in Stuttgart in April.
First up at Ken Rosewall Arena will be men’s No.1 seed Stefanos Tsitsipas, who takes on eighth seed Andreas Seppi after opening his Sydney campaign with a second-round win on Wednesday.
Following him onto court is 2018 finalist Ash Barty, who will look to back up her stunning upset of world No.1 Simona Halep on Wednesday when she takes on 10th seed Elise Mertens.
After that is an all-Aussie affair between Alex De Minaur and Jordan Thompson, a re-match of their second-round meeting in Brisbane last week and guaranteeing at least one Australian semifinalist.
Closing out the night’s play at KRA will be John Millman, who battles No.4 seed Gilles Simon.
Three singles matches will feature on Show Court 1, with No.3 seed Diego Schwartzman and seventh seed Kiki Bertens the highest-ranked players in action.
Doubles action will also take place on Show Court 1 as well as Court 3, with the wildcard pairing of Thompson and Lleyton Hewitt sure to generate plenty of interest when they face Martin Klizan and Nicholas Monroe.