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Petra Kvitova vs Sloane Stephens WTA Toronto live stream: Kvitova and Stephens continue respective comebacks at Rogers Cup

Brendan O'Neill 9 Aug 2017
  • Petra Kvitova vs Sloane Stephens is live from Toronto around 6.30pm local time on Wednesday (11.30pm BST)
  • First meeting between the pair
Sloane Stephens (Photo by Keith Allison)

Former Rogers Cup champion Petra Kvitova continues her Toronto campaign on Wednesday night against returning American Sloane Stephens.

Watch and bet on Kvitova vs Stephens live from Toronto at bet365 > sports > live streaming tennis. Their second round encounter begins around 6.30pm local time on Wednesday (11.30pm BST).

Petra Kvitova, a Rogers Cup champion in Montreal in 2012 and seeded 14th for Toronto this week, looks to rebound from a heavy quarter-final loss in Stanford last week when she takes on Sloane Stephens in the second round on Wednesday. After a great initial return to the sport, highlighted by winning the Premier title in Birmingham, Kvitova has found the going quite tough on tour - can she turn things around in Toronto? Stephens, like Kvitova, was forced to watch from the sidelines for most of this season after undergoing ankle and foot surgery last year, making her return at Wimbledon and winning her first match since the All England Club in 2016 in Toronto. Kvitova and Stephens take to court around 6.30pm local time on Wednesday (11.30pm BST).

If there’s one thing that Kvitova and Stephens have in common, it’s enduring an extended break from the tour and being forced to undergo surgery in order to rebuild their careers. We all know Kvitova’s inspiring story, with the Czech making a successful return to tennis at the French Open in May after she was the victim of a terrifying home invasion - an attack that resulted in her going under the knife to repair her right hand. Kvitova was out of action for around six months, but Stephens - a former World No. 11 -has been on the sidelines for longer, undergoing ankle and foot surgery after the Rio Olympics in 2016, making her comeback at Wimbledon last month.

Currently ranked 937 in the world as a result of her inactivity over the last 12 months, Stephens suffered her injuries at a very inopportune time, with the American starting to deliver on her untapped potential during the first half of 2016. After winning her maiden WTA title in Washington D.C. in 2015 - defeating Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sam Stosur and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova along the way - Stephens continued her upward trajectory by adding another three trophies to her cabinet in the early stages of 2017, winning titles in Auckland, Acapulco and Charleston.

However her promising season was cut short by the aforementioned surgeries, with Stephens now having to start from scratch as she aims to return to the sort of level she was pre-injury and also back in 2013, where she initially burst onto the scene by beating Serena Williams on her way to the Australian Open semi-finals - the same season she also defeated Maria Sharapova in Cincinnati.

Registering her first win since Wimbledon last year and first top 50 triumph since April 2016 by toppling Yulia Putintseva 6-7(4) 6-0 6-4 in her Rogers Cup opener on Tuesday, is Stephens ready to take down two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova on Wednesday night?

Kvitova in a way is also still well and truly on the comeback trail from her horrific ordeal towards the end of last season. Kvitova’s return to tennis at the French Open will remain the feel-good story of the year, but the popular Czech signalled her intention to immediately regain her status as one of the best players in the world after quickly transitioning onto grass, surging to the Premier-level title in Birmingham, defeating Ashleigh Barty in the final.

It appeared as if Kvitova was primed for a deep and successful run at Wimbledon, but she couldn’t maintain her momentum, falling to Madison Brengle - the only player to beat Serena Williams in 2017 - in the second round at SW19, cutting short what was looking like a big tournament. Kvitova returned strongly in her first tournament of the US Open Series in Stanford last week, easing past Kateryna Bondarenko 6-2 6-2, but she suffered another setback in the quarter-finals, going down in a crushing 6-2 6-0 loss to rising star CiCi Bellis.

Kvitova has already moved on from that loss however, coming through a challenging opening round contest in Toronto against Carla Suarez Navarro, recovering from 1-4 down in the second set to emerge a 6-1 7-6(5) winner. After conquering the likes of Marion Bartoli, Caroline Wozniacki and Li Na to win the 2012 Rogers Cup title in Montreal, can Kvitova go on a similar run in Toronto this week?

This will be the first meeting between the pair. It’s great to see both back on tour, and whoever wins this clash will have thoroughly deserved it. Kvitova is a little more advance in her comeback and has experienced more match practice - especially back-to-back - than Stephens, who will be playing two matches in a row for the first time since Wimbledon last year, while she was also on court for a long time during her three-set win on Tuesday. Kvitova looks set to advance into the third round.

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Petra Kvitova vs Sloane Stephens WTA Toronto live stream: Kvitova and Stephens continue respective comebacks at Rogers Cup

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