Caroline Wozniacki vs. Alison Van Uytvanck, Australian Open R1 Preview

🇦🇺 Australian Open, R1 Preview
🇩🇰 (3) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇧🇪 Alison Van Uytvanck

Caroline Wozniacki begins her title defense at the Australian Open with an opening round clash against Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck on Monday. Wozniacki finally claimed an elusive Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park 12 months ago, can she challenge for a second slam in 2019? It seems the defending champion will have her work cut over the next fortnight.

Wozniacki made an unimpressive start to her 2019 campaign. The Dane was eliminated at the second round stage in Auckland, the top seed was upset by Bianca Andreescu in straight sets. The pressure is on Wozniacki this week, it is the first time she has been in the situation of defending a Grand Slam title, it will be interesting to see how she handles the occasion.

Alison Van Uytvanck has also made an unimpressive start to her 2019 campaign. Van Uytvanck was forced to retire in her first match of the season in Auckland and was beaten in the second round last week in Hobart, a straight set loss to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Van Uytvanck has never won a main draw match at the Australian Open, having suffered 4 first round exits in the past.

The only previous match between the pair took place in Rome last year, Wozniacki won that match 6-1 6-4.

Will Wozniacki have any trouble kick-starting her title defense?

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Alison Van Uytvanck, Wimbledon R4 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R4 Preview
🇷🇺 (14) Daria Kasatkina vs. 🇧🇪 Alison Van Uytvanck

Daria Kasatkina and Alison Van Uytvanck have both broken new ground at SW19, both will be competing in the second week for first time at Wimbledon. This is an interesting battle because of the extreme contrast in styles, the speed and all-court game of Kasatkina up against the powerful Belgian. It was Kasatkina who got the better of Van Uytvanck when they met a few weeks ago, but the Belgian will fancy her chances of an upset after a great week.

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action during the third round at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Daria Kasatkina has made her way through to the round of 16 at Wimbledon without dropping a set. Kasatkina eased through a fairly favourable early draw, beating Jana Fett and Yulia Putintseva. It was at the third round stage where Kasatkina overcame her greatest challenge, the Russian eliminated the 17th seeded Ashleigh Barty 7-5 6-3, a great victory for Kasatkina over an opponent that is far more comfortable on this surface.

Alison Van Uytvanck was one of the great surprises through the first week at Wimbledon. The Belgian started the event with an easy straight set win over Polona Hercog before causing a huge upset as she came from a set down to defeat defending champion: Garbine Muguruza. Van Uytvanck back-up the biggest win of her career impressively well as she defeated the 28th seeded Anett Kontaveit 6-2 6-3 to reach the second week of a major for the second time.

The only previous match between the pair took place on the grass of Eastbourne a few weeks ago, Kasatkina claimed a 5-7 6-4 6-1 win on that occasion.

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Yulia Putintseva vs Alison Van Uytvanck, Indian Wells R1 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells R1 Preview
🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva vs 🇧🇪 Alison Van Uytvanck

An interesting opening round clash in the Californian desert sees Yulia Putintseva take on Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck. Putintseva and Van Uytvanck have vastly contrasting styles and both have had contrasting results of late. Van Uytvanck arrives in Indian Wells full of confidence after winning the title in Budapest a few weeks ago whilst Putintseva has generally struggled in 2018. Nevertheless, it is Putintseva who has won both of the previous matches between the pair.

Putintseva has steadily dropped down the rankings in recent times, there have been little signs of improvement for Putintseva since her stunning run to the Roland Garros quarter-finals in 2016. Putintseva has had some disappointing losses in 2018, most notably a 3 set loss to Ana Bogdan at the Australian Open, a match she led by a set and a break. Most recently, Putintseva was thrashed by Marketa Voundrosova in the opening round in Doha. The good news for Putintseva is that the Indian Wells surface suits the Kazakh’s game nicely, she will be hopeful that she can turn her fortunes around at the BNP Paribas Open.

Alison Van Uytvanck will be making her first appearance since claiming her second career title in Budapest a few weeks ago. It was an amazing week for Van Uytvanck who stormed into the final without dropping a set. Van Uytvanck overcome quality opposition in the final, navigating her way past Dominika Cibulkova in a tight three set match, the biggest win of the Belgian’s career. It will be interesting to see if Van Uytvanck bring her good form to Indian Wells.

Putintseva has won both of the previous matches between the pair, both were on clay, both were comfortable straight set wins for Putintseva, dropping a combined 4 games across those two matches. Most recently Putintseva won 6-2 6-1 at an ITF event in 2015. Can an in form Van Uytvanck turn those results around?

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Alison Van Uytvanck, Roland Garros R2 Preview

Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R2 Preview + Prediction
(9) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs (Q) 🇧🇪 Alison Van Uytvanck

Agnieszka Radwanska made a positive return to court as she breezed through her opening round clash at Roland Garros. Radwanska dropped just two games against local French wild card Fiona Ferro in her first match since Stuttgart as she moved into the second round at Roland Garros. The world number 8 has never been at her best on clay and as such Roland Garros has easily been her least successful Grand Slam, Aga will look to change that in 2017 in what is a very open field, Radwanska will face Alison Van Uytvanck in the second round on Thursday, a potentially dangerous match-up on the red dirt.

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