🇨🇦 Rogers Cup, Montreal R2 Preview 🇪🇸 (7) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇱🇻 Anastasija Sevastova
Garbine Muguruza opens her Rogers Cup campaign with a tough test against Anastasija Sevastova on Wednesday. Muguruza received a bye through the first round in Montreal whilst Sevastova crushed Aleksandra Krunic. This has been a troublesome match-up for Muguruza in the past, expect the Latvian to again prove troublesome for the Spaniard here, can Sevastova pull off the upset?
Garbine Muguruza will be kick-starting her U.S hard court swing this week in Montreal. The Spaniard was scheduled to play in San Jose last week but was forced to withdraw with an arm injury. It’s always hard to know what to expect from Muguruza when she starts a new period of the season so it will be interesting to see how she handles herself in a tough early test in Montreal.
Anastasija Sevastova is also starting her U.S hard court swing this week. Sevastova went back to clay after Wimbledon, winning the title in Bucharest and reaching the quarter-finals in Moscow. The Latvian made light work of the transition back to the hard courts, making a clinical start in Montreal by thrashing Aleksandra Krunic 6-1 6-0.
Muguruza holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Sevastova. Sevastova caused a huge upset when she beat Muguruza at the US Open in 2016, since then Muguruza has won their two latest clashes, most recently a 6-2 6-4 victory at the Australian Open last year.
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Anastasija Sevastova and Camila Giorgi will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the opening round stage at Wimbledon on Monday. This is an interesting match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles, the versatile, all-court game of Sevastova against the aggressive, powerful game of Giorgi. Who will prevail?
Sevastova and Giorgi both played a couple of events on grass in the lead-up to Wimbledon. Sevastova failed to defend her title in Mallorca but did manage to reach the final where her tournament ended in a disappointing straight set loss at the hands of Tatjana Maria. The Latvian then went on to suffer a third round in Eastbourne, beaten by Daria Kasatkina in straight sets.
Camila Giorgi was unable to gain any momentum in her first couple of tournaments on grass. Giorgi failed to get through the qualifying draw in Birmingham, beaten by Oceane Dodin in 3 sets and was comfortably beaten by Caroline Wozniacki at the second round stage in Eastbourne.
It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out, will consistency or power prevail?
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BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells R2 Preview 🇱🇻 (21) Anastasija Sevastova vs 🇵🇷 Monica Puig
Anastasija Sevastova and Monica Puig will meet for the first time when they go head-to-head at the second round stage of the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. The 21st seeded Sevastova received a bye into the second round whilst Puig earned her spot in the second round with a hard-fought straight set win over Beatriz Haddad Maia. This should be a fairly close match between two contrasting styles of tennis.
Sevastova arrives in Indian Wells in average form. Sevastova’s results have not been great ever since her devastating quarter-final loss to Sloane Stephens at the U.S Open last year, a modest 8-9 win/loss record since that match. Sevastova’s middle eastern swing did not go to plan, her most recent result was an opening round loss to Ekaterina Makarova in Dubai. Sevastova led that match by a set and a break in that match, another tough loss for the Latvian.
Monica Puig is yet to find her range in 2018. The Puerto Rican has not won back-to-back main draw matches in 2018, something she will be keen to achieve in this second round match in Indian Wells. Puig progressed to the second round with a gutsy 6-3 7-6 win over Beatriz Haddad Maia, one of Puig’s better performances of the season thus far. Puig trailed 0-4 in the second set but did very well to stay composed and ultimately close out the match in straight sets.
It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out in the first career meeting between the pair, the crafty, consistent Sevastova against the dynamic, powerful Puig.
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Australian Open 🇦🇺 R2 Preview
🇱🇻 (14) Anastasija Sevastova vs 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova
A blockbuster second round clash in Melbourne sees the 14th seeded Anastasija Sevastova renew hostilities with Maria Sharapova. Sevastova and Sharapova played out a couple of epic encounters towards the end of the 2017 season, expect another close battle on Thursday. Sevastova defeated Sharapova at the fourth round stage of the U.S Open whilst the Russian got the better of Sevastova in a 3 set marathon at the China Open a few months later. The contrast in styles between these two makes for a fascinating contest.
Anastasija Sevastova made a shaky start to her 2018 Australian Open campaign. Sevastova found herself down a set to Varvara Lepchenko but regained her composure nicely to claim a 3-6 6-3 6-2 win over the American. Sevastova has generally been in good form during the Australian summer, most notably in her run to the semi-finals at the Brisbane International. Sevastova’s serve has notably improved in 2018, the Latvian is serving a lot more aces and having more success behind her first serve in general, making her a more complete, dangerous player.
Maria Sharapova reached the second round with a routine 6-1 6-4 victory over Germany’s Tatjana Maria, Sharapova’s first round victory was her first victory at Melbourne Park since her infamous failed drug test at the event in 2016. Sharapova did what she had to do but was far from her best. It is worth noting that Sharapova was quite tentative to come forward to the net throughout the match, a sign that Sharapova is still low on confidence. Sharapova will need to be more brave against Sevastova or she will be punished.
The head-to-head record is split at 1 win apiece, both matches were late last year. Sevastova defeated Sharapova 5-7 6-4 6-2 at the U.S Open whilst Sharapova beat Sevastova 7-6 5-7 7-6 at the China Open. Clearly this is a tight match-up, expect another close match in Melbourne.
Australian Open 🇦🇺 R1 Preview
(14) 🇱🇻 Anastasija Sevastova vs 🇺🇸 Varvara Lepchenko
Anastasija Sevastova will head into the 2018 Australian Open with the highest seeding just has had at a Grand Slam event. The 14th seeded Latvian will begin her campaign at Melbourne Park with a potentially dangerous opening round clash against Varvara Lepchenko. The head-to-head record between the pair heading into this clash is split at 1 win apiece.
Anastasija Sevastova made a very positive start to the season in Brisbane. The Latvian made it to the semi-final stage without dropping a set, claiming wins over Samantha Stosur, Sorana Cirstea and Aleksandra Krunic. Unfortunately for Sevastova she surprisingly beaten by Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the semi-finals. Sevastova then travelled to Sydney where she was comfortably beaten by Dominika Cibulkova in the opening round.
Varvara Lepchenko was eliminated in the second round in both of her events in the lead up to the Australian Open. Lepchenko beat Mona Barthel in both Auckland and Hobart. However, Lepchenko was beaten in straight sets in the second round on both occasions, beaten by Sofia Kenin in Auckland and Monica Niculescu in Hobart.
The only completed match between the pair took place on grass in Mallorca last year, it was Sevastova that won 6-7 6-1 6-3. Sevastova will hoping for a more comfortable victory this time around.
Sydney International, R1 Preview
(8) 🇱🇻 Anastasija Sevastova vs 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova
Dominika Cibulkova will begin her 2018 season with a difficult test against the 8th seeded Anastasija Sevastova. This is an important match for Cibulkova, she will want to get a few matches under her belt before heading to the Australian Open next week. Sevastova arrives in Sydney in good form having reached the semi-finals at the Brisbane International last week. This is a tough first round match-up between two top 30 players.
Anastasija Sevastova had a good week in Brisbane but ultimately ended in disappointing fashion. Sevastova cruised through to the semi-finals with straight set wins over Sam Stosur, Sorana Cirstea and Aleksandra Krunic before suffering an upset loss to Aliaksandra Sasnovich in the semi-finals.
Dominika Cibulkova’s 2017 season was disappointing. The Slovakian will be hoping for a lot better in 2018, the former Australian finalist usually plays good tennis at the start of the year, Cibulkova will need to start strong in Sydney or she will be facing an immediate exit.
The only previous match between the pair took place way back in 2010. A 2-6 6-1 6-2 win for Sevastova in Beijing in 2010. This is an interesting match-up between the crafty, consistent Latvian and the hard-hitting Slovakian. Who will prevail?
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.
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?
The 7th seeded Anastasija Sevastova will continue her 2018 campaign on Tuesday when she comes up against Sorana Cirstea in what should a strong challenge for the Latvian. Sevastova started the year in brilliant fashion with a straight set demolition of Samantha Stosur, the world number 16 will need to bring a similar level to the court against Cirstea as it is the Romanian who has won their two previous matches.
Anastasija Sevastova started her season with a near-flawless performance, cruising past Samantha Stosur 6-1 6-3. Sevastova’s serve and clutch play under pressure were the standout aspects of her win. Sevastova saved all 5 break points she faced throughout the match, served 8 aces and won 82% of points behind her first serve.
Sorana Cirstea set up a second round clash with the 7th seeded Sevastova courtesy of a 7-6 6-1 win over Jennifer Brady. After a tight first set which featured no breaks of serve, Cirstea ran away with the match by winning 6 games in a row. Cirstea also put in a strong serving performance, the Romanian was broken once, hitting 6 aces and winning 82% of points behind her first serve.
Cirstea won the only two previous match between the pair, a 7-6 3-6 6-3 victory in Miami last year and a 6-3 6-0 win in Pattaya in 2013. Given Sevastova’s recent form she will be confident that she can turn those results around.
WTA Elite Trophy, 🇨🇳🌹🐉 Zhuhai RR Preview + Prediction SF #1: (5) 🇱🇻 Anastasija Sevastova vs (7) 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges
Saturday’s first semi-final at the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai sees Anastasija Sevastova come up against Julia Goerges. Both Sevastova and Goerges progressed through the group stage with a perfect record, winning both of their group matches in straight sets to set up an exciting semi-final clash. The head-to-head record between these is split at 2 wins apiece heading into Saturday’s semi-final. It was Sevastova who won their most recent match, a 3 set win in the Mallorca final on grass earlier this year. Can an in-form Goerges reverse the result of their previous match and claim the first spot in Sunday’s final in Zhuhai?
WTA Elite Trophy, 🇨🇳🌹🐉 Zhuhai RR Preview + Prediction (5) 🇱🇻 Anastasija Sevastova vs (11) 🇨🇿 Barbora Strycova
Anastasija Sevastova is in prime position in the camellia group after she defeated Sloane Stephens in straight sets on Wednesday night. The Latvian can book her spot in the semi-finals when she comes up against Barbora Strycova on day 3 of the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai. An in-form Barbora Strycova will have other ideas, the Czech is one of few players competing at the event in back-to-back seasons and will be looking to make a strong start to the tournament. This is a match-up that will feature a heap of variety, a close contest is likely, who will come out on top in this crucial clash in the camellia group?