Hopman Cup, Russia vs USA
🇷🇺 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe
Russia and the USA will go head-to-head in the first rubber of the 2018 Hopman Cup in Perth on Saturday. Russia’s Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take on the USA’s CoCo Vandeweghe in the first match of the day. This should be a very competitive encounter between two players looking to have a big 2018 season. It will be important for both players to make a positive start to the season at the Hopman Cup, gaining momentum before heading to the first Grand Slam of the year in Melbourne.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will be competing in Perth at the Hopman Cup for the first time. The Russian team was initially going to be represented by Svetlana Kuznetsova but the veteran had to pull out due to injury, opening the door for Pavlyuchenkova. Conversely, Vandeweghe is no stranger to the Hopman Cup format having played at the event last year. Vandeweghe saves her best tennis for when she plays for her country. Vandeweghe spearheaded the USA’s winning Fed Cup campaign in 2017, Vandeweghe was involved in all 3 victories in the USA’s 3-2 win over Belarus in the final which was also the case in their semi-final over the Czech Republic.
This is a big year for both Pavlyuchenkova and Vandeweghe, both are at similar positions in their careers, looking to consolidate a spot in the top 10 by seasons end. Both Pavlyuchenkova and Vandeweghe had positive Australian summers in 2017, Pavlyuchenkova made the Australian Open quarter-final whilst Vandeweghe made it to the semi-finals in Melbourne. Both will look to replicate those results in 2018, a strong Hopman Cup will be important for both.
CoCo Vandeweghe leads the head-to-head between the pair, 2-1. The most recent match came towards the end of 2017 where Vandeweghe destroyed Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-3.