Jelena Ostapenko vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Wimbledon R4 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R4 Preview
🇱🇻 (12) Jelena Ostapenko vs. 🇧🇾 Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Jelena Ostapenko will be out to maintain her perfect record over Aliaksandra Sasnovich and reach the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon In back-to-back visits when she meets the Belarussian on Manic Monday. Ostapenko went under the radar through week one, the 21-year-old did not drop a set through her first 3 matches and is one of only 3 former Grand Slam champions left in the draw heading into the round of 16. The Latvian now looms as a genuine contender but Sasnovich has defied the odds already at SW19 and will fancy her chances of an upset here.

Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in action during the third round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

After Ostapenko won Roland Garros last year it would be easy to forget that grass is actually her most dangerous surface and her favourite surface. Ostapenko eased through the first week, taking full advantage of a favourable draw, claiming straight set wins over Katie Dunne, Kirsten Flipkens and Vitalia Diatchenko. It was just 4 years ago that Ostapenko won the junior Wimbledon title, she reached the quarter-finals at Wimbledon last year and is clearly very confident on this surface.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich is having the best year of her career and is now through to the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time in her career. Sasnovich stared her campaign with a huge upset, defeating tournament favourite Petra Kvitova 6-4 4-6 6-0 in what was the biggest win of her career. Sasnovich has back-up that victory impressively well by claiming straight set wins over Taylor Townsend and the 26th seeded Daria Gavrilova, dropping just 4 games in each of those matches.

Ostapenko holds a 2-0 record over Sasnovich. Both of the previous matches went the distance, most recently the pair met at Wimbledon 12 months ago, the Latvian claimed a typically topsy-turvy 6-0 1-6 6-3 victory.

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Elina Svitolina vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Brisbane Final Preview

Brisbane International, Final Preview
(3) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs (Q) 🇧🇾 Aliaksandra Sasnovich

The first premier level final of the 2018 season will take place on Saturday night at the Brisbane International where Elina Svitolina comes up against Aliaksandra Sasnovich. Elina Svitolina will head into this final as a strong favourite. Svitolina won 5 titles in 2017, more than any other player on tour, conversely Sasnovich is yet to win a title and has only ever played in 1 final. Svitolina is clearly the more established player but Sasnovich has defied the odds all week, can the Belarusian defy the odds one last time and complete here fairy tale run in Brisbane?

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Elina Svitolina produced a superb performance to confirm her spot in Saturday’s final at the Brisbane International. Svitolina ended the run of defending champion Karolina Pliskova with a hard-fought 7-5 7-5 victory. The world number 6 entered the match with a 1-5 head-to-head record against Pliskova and quickly found herself down 0-4. From there, it was all Svitolina. The Ukrainian displayed her improved attacking game whilst also showing her trademark speed and determination. Svitolina out-aced Pliskova and was all over the Czech’s serve, breaking Pliskova 6 times. Svitolina also claimed wins over Carla Suarez Navarro, Ana Konjuh and Johanna Konta on route to the final.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich has had the best week of her career. The 23-year-old Belarussian has won 7 matches in Brisbane having started the week battling her way through the qualifying draw. Sasnovich has done things the hard way winning 4 consecutive matches from a set down between her last qualifying match and the quarter-finals. Sasnovich produced her most consistent performance in Friday’s semi-final to claim an upset 7-6 6-4 win over an in-form Anastasija Sevastova. Sasnovich has never reached a premier level final, having only ever competed in 1 final. Clearly, Saturday’s match is by the far the biggest of Sasnovich’s career.

This will be the first career meeting between Svitolina and Sasnovich. Two 23-year-old’s but with vastly different levels of experience on the big stage.

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Alize Cornet vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Brisbane QF Preview

Brisbane International, Quarter-Final Preview
🇫🇷 Alize Cornet vs 🇧🇾 (Q) Aliaksandra Sasnovich

A huge opportunity presents itself to Alize Cornet and Aliaksandra Sasnovich when the pair collide at the quarter-final stage of the Brisbane International. The pair have had contrasting pathways through to the final. Cornet has not had to work too hard, winning a couple of quick matches. Conversely, Sasnovich has already won 5 matches this week having come through the qualifying draw, the last 3 victories were all from a set down.

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Alize Cornet would have arrived in Brisbane hopeful of replicating her 2017 run to the final but would have considered herself a big underdog to do so. Suddenly the Frenchwoman is into the quarter-finals and the draw is open for Alize to again push toward the title at the Brisbane International. Cornet started the event with a win over Caroline Garcia who retired injured after losing the second set. Cornet booked her spot in the semi-finals with a 6-1 7-5 victory over Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich has made a brilliant start to the year. Sasnovich would not have expected to be playing in the quarter-finals in Brisbane. The Belarussian won 3 matches in a tough qualifying draw before coming from a set down to beat Kristina Mladenovic and Anett Kontaveit to reach the final 8 at the first premier level event of the year. Sasnovich ended 2017 in exciting fashion at the Fed Cup final with a win over Sloane Stephens, the signs are there that the world number 88 will be a player on the rise in 2018.

It was Aliaksandra Sasnovich who won the only previous meeting between the pair, a 6-4 1-6 6-4 victory in Miami last year. Can the Belarusian get the Cornet of Cornet again on Thursday to reach one of the biggest semi-final of her career?

Anett Kontaveit vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Brisbane R2 Preview

Brisbane International, R2 Preview
🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit vs (Q) 🇧🇾 Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Aliaksandra Sasnovich is one of two qualifiers to advance to the second round at the Brisbane International. Sasnovich has shown good fighting qualities to reach this stage, coming form behind in her two recent matches. The Belarussian will continue her campaign in Brisbane on Wednesday when she comes up against the big-hitting Estonian Anett Kontaveit. Sasnovich’s biggest test of the tournament thus far.

Anett Kontaveit made a very positive start to her 2018 campaign with a dominant 6-0 6-3 victory over Heather Watson. Kontaveit was originally scheduled to play Petra Kvitova, but the Czech star was forced to withdraw from the event due to a viral illness. Kontaveit put on a serving clinic, winning 83% of behinds behind her first serve and did not face a break point all match.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich has already won 4 matches in Brisbane having come through the qualifying draw. Sasnovich cruised through her opening two matches in the qualifying draw against Boserup and Wallace. Sasnovich came from a set down against Monova to secure her spot in the main draw. The 23-year-old secured her spot in the second round with a 1-6 6-3 7-5 win over Kristina Mladenovic. Sasnovich condemned Mladenovic to her 13th consecutive loss, it was a diligent performance by Sasnovich who improved as the match wore on.

Anett Kontaveit holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Sasnovich and has won their two most recent matches on a hard court including a tight 3 set win at the semi-final stage in Biel last year.

Ashleigh Barty vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich, U.S Open R2 Preview

US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R2 Preview + Prediction
🇦🇺 Ashleigh Barty vs 🇧🇾 Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Ashleigh Barty made an impressive start to her 2017 U.S Open campaign on Monday, Barty came from a set down to defeat the 21st seeded Ana Konjuh 4-6 6-0 6-1. Barty has been in great form over the last couple of months claiming wins over the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams. Barty will be back in action at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday evening where she takes on Belarus’s Aliaksandra Sasnovich. This section of the draw is very open after the elimination of Johanna Konta in the first round, there is a good opportunity for Barty to go on a deep run in New York.

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