Brisbane International, Quarter-Final Preview
(7) 🇱🇻 Anastasija Sevastova vs 🇷🇸 Aleksandra Krunic
An in form Anastasija Sevastova comes up against Aleksandra Krunic at the quarter-final stage at the Brisbane International. Sevastova has cruised through her opening couple of matches in Brisbane, dropping a combined 7 games throughout the 2 wins. Sevastova will now take on the unique challenge that is Krunic. The unorthodox Serb has won 3 of the last 4 matches between the pair and will therefore fancy her chances here.
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Anastasija Sevastova has been one of the most impressive players over the first few rounds in Brisbane. Sevastova kick-started her season with a clinical 6-1 6-3 win over Samantha Stosur where she served incredibly well, saving all 5 break points she faced. The Latvian remained in cruise control in her second round match, easily accounting for Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-1.
Aleksandra Krunic showed what she is capable in a gruelling encounter with Garbine Muguruza on Tuesday. Krunic found herself down a set and 3-5 before fighting back and winning the second set tiebreak to push the match to a decider. Early in the third set, Muguruza collapsed to the ground with cramp and was ultimately forced to retire. Krunic claimed a 7-5 7-6 win over Carina Witthoeft in the first round.
The head-to-head history between these two is quite strange. Krunic leads 3-2 and has won 3 of their last 4 matches. In 2016, Sevastova beat Krunic 6-0 6-0 in Istanbul, a week later Krunic beat Sevastova in straight sets in Marrakech. Strange! Who will step up and reach the semi-finals in Brisbane?
Brisbane International, R2 Preview
(1) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs 🇷🇸 Aleksandra Krunic
The top seed at the Brisbane International, Garbine Muguruza will begin her 2108 campaign with a second round clash against Aleksandra Krunic. Muguruza received a bye through the opening round, a much needed bye after arriving late to Brisbane. Muguruza should face a stern test against Krunic, The Serb advanced to the second round with a strong win over Carina Witthoeft on Sunday.
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Garbine Muguruza will be playing in Brisbane for the third consecutive season. The Spaniard has been forced to retire in each of her previous visits to the event. In 2015 she retired in her opening round match against Varvara Lepchenko. In 2016 it was a much more positive event for the world number 2 as she won some great matches before being forced to retire early in her semi-final clash with Alize Cornet.
Muguruza had some troubles getting to Brisbane as her flight from Los Angles to Brisbane was delayed and then forced to turn back mid-flight due to fuel issues. Nevertheless, Muguruza arrived safely in Brisbane and is fresh, positive and ready to start another year.
Aleksandra Krunic got her season off to a good start on Sunday, the Serb won a tight match over Carina Witthoeft, a 7-5 7-6 victory. Krunic has long been an under-achiever, the 24-year-old now has a big opportunity to get a huge confidence boost if she can upset the top seed in Brisbane.
This will be the first career meeting between Muguruza and Krunic.
Western & Southern Open, 🇺🇸🌉 Cincinnati R1 Preview + Prediction
(12) 🇱🇻 Jelena Ostapenko vs (Q) 🇷🇸 Aleksandra Krunic
Jelena Ostapenko made a disappointing start to her U.S Open series campaign last week in Toronto. The reigning Roland Garros champion suffered a shock three set loss to Varvara Lepchenko in the opening round of the Rogers Cup, the Latvian will be keen to have a much better week in Cincinnati. Ostapenko will begin her Western & Southern Open campaign on Tuesday with an opening round clash against Serbian qualifier Aleksandra Krunic.
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