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🇷🇺 (15) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs 🇺🇦 Kateryna Bondarenko
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova laboured through her opening round match in Melbourne, needing three sets to get past Kateryna Kozlova. Pavlyuchenkova will face another Ukrainian in the second round where she comes up against Kateryna Bondarenko. Pavlyuchenkova will be hoping for a more commanding performance here.
Pavlyuchenkova will bring momentum into this second round match having won the final 6 games in her 3-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Kateryna Kozlova in the opening round. Pavlyuchenkova has not made a good start to the season, the Russian lost all 3 of her singles matches the Hopman Cup and was then forced to withdraw from the Sydney International. Pavlyuchenkova reached the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park last year, her current form suggests she will really struggle to emulate that run in 2018.
Kateryna Bondarenko also claimed a hard-fought opening round clash at Melbourne Park. Bondarenko defeated Viktorija Golubic 7-6 4-6 6-2. Bondarenko has already competed in a lot of tough matches this year in Brisbane in Sydney, the 31-year-old is still capable of beating decent opposition on her day.
Pavlyuchenkova holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Bondarenko. Interestingly it was Bondarenko who won the most recent match between the pair, a 6-2 6-7 6-4 victory at Indian Wells in 2016.