Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Kateryna Bondarenko, Australian Open R2 Preview

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πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί (15) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¦ 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.

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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.

Anastasia PAvlyuchenkova vs Belinda Bencic, Hopman Cup Preview

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πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­ Belinda Bencic

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will take on Belinda Bencic on Tuesday evening at the Hopman Cup. Pavlyuchenkova and Bencic had contrasting starts to the season, Pavlyuchenkova was beaten by Vandeweghe in straight sets whilst Bencic defeated Osaka in straight sets. This should be a quality encounters between two fairly evenly matches players.

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Pavlyuchenkova was no match for Vandeweghe in her Hopman Cup debut. Pavlyuchenkova was beaten 3-6 3-6, another straight set loss to the American on a hard court. Pavlyuchenkova is making a trend of struggling against players that can better her power as it exposes her weaknesses: her movement and poor defense.

Belinda Bencic is on a 16-match winning streak at all level. After ending the 2017 season with 3 titles in a row (2 WTA 125K titles and an ITF 100K title), Bencic kept her winning momentum going in Perth. Bencic claimed an impressive 7-5 6-3 win over Naomi Osaka in what was a high quality encounter.

Bencic holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Pavlyuchenkova. Most recently Bencic won 6-7 6-4 6-2 at the quarter-final stage in St. Petersburg in 2016.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs CoCo Vandeweghe, Hopman Cup Preview

Hopman Cup, Russia vs USA

πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vsΒ πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ 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.

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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.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Ashleigh Barty, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(4) πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs (9) πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Ashleigh Barty

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova kickstarted her 2017 Zhuhai campaign off in style when she defeated Angelique Kerber in three sets on Tuesday evening. Pavlyuchenkova can confirm her progression into the semi-finals when she comes up against Ashleigh Barty on Wednesday at the WTA Elite Trophy. The Russian has won the two previous matches between the pair but Barty has improved greatly since their most recent match and the Aussie will looking to make a strong start in her Zhuhai debut.

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Angelique Kerber, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(4) πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs (8) πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Angelique Kerber

The best match is saved until last on Tuesday in Zhuhai as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Angelique Kerber resume hostilities to draw out the singles action on day 1 of the Elite Trophy. Pavlyuchenkova and Kerber have built up a very competitive rivalry over the years, the head-to-head record between the pair is currently split at 5 wins apiece. Pavlyuchenkova has won their only two matches in 2017 and has generally been in much better form than the German in recent times. However, Kerber will be keen to end what has been a disappointing season on a high and is easily the most accomplished player in the draw this week in Zhuhai. It will be interesting to see how this match pans out on Tuesday evening.

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Naomi Osaka, Hong Kong QF Preview

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QF: (6) πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs πŸ‡―πŸ‡΅ Naomi Osaka

A Fascinating quarter-final at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open on Friday sees the 6th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Japan’s Naomi Osaka go head-to-head for the first time. Naomi Osaka will enter this exciting match full of confidence after she eliminated Venus Williams in straight sets on Wednesday evening. Pavlyuchenkova also enters this match in good form and has been one of the most consistent players on tour in 2017, especially on a hard court. It will be interesting to see how this match-up unfolds.

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Timea Babos, Hong Kong R1 Preview

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R1: (6) πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs πŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί Timea Babos

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will look to rebound from a couple of early round exits in Wuhan and Beijing with a strong showing at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open. Pavlyuchenkova will begin her Hong Kong campaign with a first round clash against Timea Babos, a potentially dangerous opponent for the Russian.

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs CoCo Vandeweghe, Stanford QF Preview

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(4) πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs (6) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ CoCo Vandeweghe

The second quarter-final of the day at the Bank of the West Classic on Friday sees the 4th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova come up against the 6th seeded CoCo Vandeweghe. Pavlyuchenkova and Vandeweghe both breezed into the final 8 with convincing second round wins on Thursday in Stanford, both will enter the quarter-final stage full of confidence. The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece heading into this match, it seems hard to split these two heading into what should be a very even, hard-fought clash.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia in action during her her second round match at the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Alison Riske, Stanford R2 Preview

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(4) πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Alison Riske

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will begin her U.S Open series campaign on Wednesday when she comes up against Alison Riske in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. As the fourth seed, Pavlyuchenkova received a byeΒ through to the second round whilst Alison Riske progressed to the second round courtesy of a comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Magda Linette. Surprisingly, it is Alison Riske who has had the edge in this match-up, the American holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over the Russian.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during the All Access Hour at the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Heather Watson, Eastbourne R3 Preview

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(14) πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs (wc) πŸ‡¬πŸ‡§ Heather Watson

An intriguing third round clash at the Aegon International in Eastbourne sees the 14th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova take on Heather Watson and the British crowd. Watson has been in inspired form in front of her home crowd this week, the Brit has already claimed upset wins over Lesia Tsurenko and Dominika Cibulkova and will hoping to make Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova her third victim when they go head-to-head on Wednesday.

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