Australian Open 🇦🇺 R3 Preview
🇱🇻 (7) Jelena Ostapenko vs 🇪🇪 (32) Anett Kontaveit
A blockbuster third round match-up at Melbourne Park on Friday sees the 7th seeded Jelena Ostapenko take on the 32nd seeded Anett Kontaveit. Ostapenko and Kontaveit will both be aiming to reach the second week at the Australian Open for the first time. These two know each other well, the pair grew up on the junior circuit together and actually played doubles together at the ITF level years back. This will be the first tour level meeting between the pair of big hitters. Who will prevail?
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Jelena Ostapenko cruised through her opening round match in Melbourne, defeating Francesca Schiavone 6-1 6-4 in what was the first match played on Rod Laver Arena at this year’s event. The reigning Roland Garros champion was forced to work much harder for her second round win, fighting her way past Ying-Ying Duan with a 6-3 3-6 6-4 win. Ostapenko blasted 35 winners past Duan which included 10 aces. Ostapenko’s composure under pressure was the difference, especially at the end of the third set where she served very well.
Anett Kontaveit arrived in Melbourne in poor form but has done very well to reach the third round stage at Melbourne Park for the first time. Kontaveit had not previously won a main draw match at Melbourne Park. The Estonian started the event with a hard-fought 6-4 7-5 win over an in-form Aleksandra Krunic before securing her spot in the third round with a 6-3 4-6 6-3 win over Barthel. Kontaveit was quite streaky in both matches but she played enough good tennis to get through on each occasion.
This will be the first tour level meeting between the pair.
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.
Ladies Championship, Gstaad, 🇨🇭🏔️🏆 Final Preview
(2) 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens vs (3) 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit
Sunday’s final at the Ladies Championship, Gstaad presented by IXION Services promises to be a thriller when 2016 runner-up Kiki Bertens takes on a red-hot Anett Kontaveit. Kiki Bertens has been one of the most consistent performers on a clay court on the WTA tour over the last few years, Bertens has amassed a 47/11 win/loss record on the surface since the start of last year and will be eager to go one step better in Gstaad and win the title on Sunday. In her way is Anett Kontaveit, the Estonian is in the form of her career as she enters Sunday’s final having won 17 of her last 20 matches. Both players have some impressive numbers by their name heading into what should be an extremely close final in Gstaad, it looks very difficult to separate the pair heading into this match.
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Ladies Championship, Gstaad, 🇨🇭🏔️ Semi-Final Preview
SF #1: (3) 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit vs 🇨🇿 Tereza Martincova
Anett Kontaveit has continued her winning ways in Gstaad. Kontaveit is in the best form of her career having won 16 of her last 19 matches. Kontaveit won her first title in s-Hertogenbosch last month and will now have career title number 2 in her sight. Kontaveit will be a strong favourite heading into her semi-final clash against young Czech Tereza Martincova on Saturday. Martincova will be aiming to reach her first WTA tour level final.
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Ladies Championship, Gstaad, 🇨🇭🏔️ Quarter-final Preview
(3) 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit vs (6) 🇩🇪 Carina Witthoeft
Anett Kontaveit and Carina Witthoeft will go head-to-head in an interesting quarter-final clash in Gstaad between two of the tours exciting young prospects. Kontaveit and Witthoeft have both shown glimpses of what they are capable of throughout 2017, particularly Kontaveit who has been in superb form over the last couple of months. The Estonian has won both of the previous matches between the pair and her recent form suggests she should be able to maintain her perfect record over the German on Friday in Gstaad.
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Porsche Tennis GP, 🇩🇪🏎️ Stuttgart QF Preview
(wc) 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova vs (Q) 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit
Maria Sharapova has made an impressive return to the WTA tour in Stuttgart. The 3-time former champion has advanced to the quarter-final stage courtesy of a couple of gritty straight set victories. Sharapova comes up against Annett Kontaveit in the first quarter-final of the day in Stuttgart, Kontaveit is on a 5-game winning streak having come through the qualifying draw so she will enter this match with confidence.
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Porsche Tennis GP, 🇩🇪🏎️ Stuttgart R2 Preview
(5) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (Q) 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit
2016 Roland Garros champion Garbine Muguruza will be back on the red dirt as she gets her 2017 clay court season underway with a second round match-up against an in form Annett Kontaveit at the second round stage in Stuttgart. Muguruza is undoubtedly one of the best performers on a clay court on the WTA tour, if not the very best heading into the 2017 clay swing given the absence of Serena Williams. It will be interesting to see how many titles Muguruza can pick up over the next couple of months, the opportunity is there for Muguruza to be dominant.
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U.S Open R4: (23) Venus Williams vs Anett Kontaveit
Venus Williams is just one win away from a potential quarter-final clash with Serena Williams at Flushing Meadows. The two-time former champion is into the second week in New York for the first time since 2010 and will fancy her chances on Sunday when she comes up against the unheralded Anett Kontaveit for a place in the quarter-finals.
Venus Williams played unspectacular tennis in her first two matches in New York, needing three sets to get past Monica Puig and Irina Falconi. Venus really stepped up her game in the third round where she produced a powerful performance to defeat Belinda Bencic 6-3 6-4. Venus blasted 31 winners past Bencic whilst hitting just 15 unforced errors, one of the American’s best matches of the year.
Anett Kontaveit is making a name for herself this week at Flushing meadows. The Estonian arrived in New York without a Grand Slam main draw victory to her name, making her run to the fourth round a remarkable achievement. Kontaveit battled through the qualifying draw before picking up three upset victories in a row. The Estonian defeated Casey Dellacqua and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova In straight sets before defeating Madison Brengle 6-2 3-6 6-0 to advance to the second week.
This will be the first career meeting between the pair. This is a fascinating match-up between two ladies at the opposite ends of their careers. Kontaveit will be no pushover, the Estonian can certainly play. However Venus should ultimately be too strong, the extreme gap in experience will be one of the biggest factors here.
Prediction: Venus Williams to defeat Anett Kontaveit in 3 sets