Anett Kontaveit vs. Karolina Muchova, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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🇪🇪 (17) Anett Kontaveit vs. 🇨🇿 Karolina Muchova

One of the more intriguing opening round match-ups at Roland Garros sees the 17th seeded Anett Kontaveit take on the in form Karolina Muchova. Kontaveit and Muchova both showed what they are capable of on the clay prior to arriving in Paris. Kontaveit made the final in Stuttgart whilst Muchova made the final in Prague, this is a tough opening round match-up for both.

Anett Kontaveit of Estonia during practice at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Kontaveit enters Roland Garros as the 17th seed, the highest she has been seeded at a Grand Slam, with that comes greater expectations. Kontaveit has slowly but consistently moved up the rankings over the last few years but is yet to have a huge breakthrough at a major, a couple of fourth round showings being her best result thus far at the Grand Slam level, including Paris last year. Kontaveit’s form since making the final in Stuttgart has been poor and she arrives in Paris on the back of a disappointing straight set loss to Maria Sakkari In the second round in Rome.

Karolina Muchova played just the one tournament on clay before Roland Garros, Muchova produced her greatest result on a the main tour as she reached her first WTA level final in Prague. Unfortunately for Muchova she did lose in the final to Jill Teichmann in 3 sets, a match she would have expected to win. Muchova has not played since the Prague final, so it will be interesting to see what level she can produce in her first match in about a month.

This will be the first carer meeting between Kontaveit and Muchova, two players who have steadily risen up the rankings in recent times, who will prevail?

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Ashleigh Barty vs. Anett Kontaveit, Miami SF Preview

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🇦🇺 (12) Ashleigh Barty vs. 🇪🇪 (21) Anett Kontaveit

Ashleigh Barty and Anett Kontaveit will both be playing to reach the biggest final of their careers when they do battle at the semi-final stage of the 2019 Miami Open. Barty and Kontaveit both came through tough quarter-final matches and are seemingly both in great shape heading into this match, expect a close one between two players on the rise.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia in action during her quarter-final match at the 2019 Miami Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

The knock on Ash Barty heading into 2019 was that she didn’t play her best tennis on the biggest stages, that is starting to change for Barty and she is now within touching distance of the biggest title of her career in Miami. Barty cruised through her first couple of matches in Miami with straight set wins over Dayana Yastremska and Sam Stosur. Things got much tougher for Barty in her last couple of matches as she fought past Kiki Bertens and Petra Kvitova in 3 sets. Barty’s 7-6 3-6 6-2 win over Kvitova to book her place in the final 4 was particularly impressive, her first win over Kvitova in 5 attempts.

Anett Kontaveit is having her best tournament of the season thus far as she is through to her first semi-final of the year and the biggest of her career. Kontaveit started her Miami campaign with back-to-back 3 set wins, the Estonian defeated Amanda Anisimova 6-3 1-6 6-4 before battling past Ajla Tomljanovic 7-6 2-6 7-6. Kontaveit benefited from the retirement of Bianca Andreescu in the fourth round and went on to secure her spot in the final 4 with an impressive 3-6 6-2 7-5 win over Su-Wei Hsieh. Kontaveit was in real trouble against Hsieh when she trailed 0-4 in the deciding set but picked her game to storm to victory with 7 of the last 8 games.

The only previous match between the pair took place back in 2014 at the final qualifying round of Wimbledon, it was Kontaveit who won a tight one, 6-7 6-3 6-4. The pair have both improved dramatically since their last meeting, it will be interesting to see how the match-ups pans out this time around.

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Karolina Pliskova vs. Anett Kontaveit, Indian Wells R4 Preview

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🇨🇿 (5) Karolina Pliskova vs. 🇪🇪 (21) Anett Kontaveit

A hard-hitting fourth round battle from the BNP Paribas Open sees the 5th seeded Karolina Pliskova take on the 21st seeded Anett Kontaveit. Pliskova rightfully heads into this clash as the favourite given her far greater form of late and her superior consistency. However, Kontaveit is a threat and should have her chances in this match.

Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in action during her third-round match at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Karolina Pliskova laboured her way through her opening round match in Indian Wells after receiving a bye through the first round. Pliskova was surprisingly forced to come from a set down to get past Misaki Doi, Pliskova eventually prevailed 6-7 6-1 6-1. Pliskova produced an improved performance in the third round where she beat Ysaline Bonaventure 6-3 6-2. Pliskova is likely to face her first real test in the next round against Kontaveit.

Anett Kontaveit has not had to play much tennis to make her way through to the fourth round in Indian Wells. Kontaveit received a bye through the first round before beating Monica Puig 6-3 7-6. Kontaveit received a lucky break in the third round as she was handed victory by an injured Anastasija Sevastova as the Estonian led the first set 5-0. Kontaveit has generally had a lacklustre season thus far and seemingly needs a big win such as a win over Pliskova to ignite her season.

It was Pliskova who won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-4 6-2 in Stuttgart last year.

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Julia Goerges vs. Anett Kontaveit, Zhuhai RR Preview

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🇩🇪 (5) Julia Goerges vs. 🇪🇪 (10) Anett Kontaveit

Julia Goerges begins her title defense in Zhuhai on Wednesday where she takes on Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. Goerges reignited her career this time last year and is seemingly peaking at the later stage of the season once again having won the title in Luxembourg a few weeks ago. Conversely, Kontaveit was extremely poor in her first match of the week and may find it tough to respond here.

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Julia Goerges arrives in Zhuhai full of confidence as she looks to defend her title. 12 months ago, Goerges arrived in Zhuhai fresh from winning the title in Moscow, this year she arrives fresh from winning the title in Luxembourg. The German’s title run in Luxembourg was much needed because her form prior to that had been pretty poor. Goerges’ triumph in Zhuhai 12 months ago was the biggest title of her career, it will be interesting to see how she handles the pressure of the defending the title this week.

Anett Kontaveit made a very lackluster start to her Zhuhai campaign, she was thrashed by Elise Mertens 3-6 1-6. Kontaveit was extremely impatient, hitting far too many unforced errors from the baseline. Kontaveit’s first-up horror show in Zhuhai means she is basically eliminated from the tournament. Kontaveit will need to drastically raise her level if she is to even be competitive against the defending champion.

The only previous match between the pair took place in Budapest last year, Goerges won 6-7 6-3 6-4.

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Elise Mertens vs. Anett Kontaveit, Zhuhai RR Preview

WTA Elite Trophy, Group Stage: 🇧🇪 (4) Elise Mertens vs. 🇪🇪 (10) Anett Kontaveit

A pair of Zhuhai debutants will go head-to-head when Elise Mertens takes on Anett Kontaveit on Tuesday. Mertens and Kontaveit are at similar stages in their careers right now, both have had career best seasons and both will be keen to end fantastic seasons on a high. This should be an entertaining battle between two young stars on the rise.

Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in action during her third-round match at the 2018 China Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Elise Mertens has had an outstanding season but her singles form has deteriorated over the last couple of months. Mertens arrives in Zhuhai having lost 4 of her last 6 matches in singles. On the doubles court, Mertens is still going strong having won the title in Wuhan alongside Demi Schuur, the pair competed at the WTA Finals in Singapore last week where they lost their opening round match. Mertens has recently announced that she has split with her former coach, she will now be working with David Taylor, a very, very experienced coach. It will be interesting to see what impact that has on Mertens in her Zhuhai debut.

Anett Kontaveit is battle hardened heading into her first Zhuhai campaign. Kontaveit had a long Asian swing which was highlighted by a run to the final in Wuhan. Most recently the Estonian reached the quarter-finals in Moscow. It has been a career best season for Kontaveit and she gets one last chance to impressive in Zhuhai. Kontaveit has generally done pretty well at big events in 2018 so she is one to watch out for this week, if she plays her best she can be very dangerous to any opponent.

The only previous match between the pair to place in Biel last year, Kontaveit claimed a 7-6 6-7 6-1 victory.

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Petra Kvitova vs. Anett Kontaveit, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇨🇿 (8) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇪🇪 (25) Anett Kontaveit

The pick of the third round matches on Friday at Roland Garros sees the 8th seeded Petra Kvitova take on the 25th seeded Anett Kontaveit in what should be an exciting encounter. Petra Kvitova is the form player on tour having now won 14 matches in a row after winning back-to-back titles in Prague and Madrid prior to arriving in Paris. Nevertheless, Kvitova will face a huge test against an in-form Kontaveit who has the weapons to trouble Petra.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Kvitova made a slow start to her Roland Garros campaign, the two-time Wimbledon champion was forced to come from a set down to defeat Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg, eventually claiming a 3-6 6-1 7-5 victory. The Czech was much more convincing in her second round victory as she stormed to a 6-1 6-4 victory over Lara Arruabarrena. Overall, it has been a good start for Petra as she has worked hard for victories over two very competent players on this surface.

Recent signs suggest that Kontaveit is ready to take the next step, this third round clash with Kvitova is the perfect chance for Kontaveit to take that next step and reach the third round in Paris for the first time. Kontaveit arrived in Paris on the back of an impressive run to the semi-finals in Rome but has had to dig deep in her first few matches at Roland Garros against far inferior opponents, a 6-1 4-6 6-2 win over Madison Brengle followed by a 7-5 6-2 win over Alexandra Dulgheru.

Kvitova holds a perfect 2-0 H2H record over Kontaveit, however, both of those matches were very close. The pair most recently met last month where Kvitova claimed a hard-fought 6-7 6-3 6-3 victory.

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Karolina Pliskova vs. Anett Kontaveit, Stuttgart SF Preview

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🇨🇿 (5) Karolina Pliskova vs. 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit

Karolina Pliskova and Anett Kontaveit will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet in Saturday’s second semi-final for the Porsche Arena in Stuttgart. Pliskova and Kontaveit both booked their spot in the semi-finals with hard-fought 3 set victories, both are match-hardened and full of confidence heading into this match. This looks like a great opportunity for both to reach their first final of 2018, both will see this as a winnable match, who will step up and grab this opportunity?

Karolina Pliskova of the Czech Republic in action in her quarter-final match at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Karolina Pliskova has continued her incredibly consistent start to the season this week in Stuttgart. Pliskova has reached at least the quarter-final stage at 6 of the 7 events she has competed in this year, however she is yet to make it all the way to a final. Pliskova started her Stuttgart campaign with an impressive 6-2 6-2 demolition of Kiki Bertens before hitting 15 aces on route to a 7-6 6-3 win over Veronika Kudermetova. Pliskova booked her spot in the final 4 with a gutsy 5-7 7-5 6-4 win over Jelena Ostapenko. It is clear that Pliskova has improved her game on clay, especially her movement and ability to defend.

Anett Kontaveit arrived in Stuttgart with 4 consecutive losses to her name and seemingly very little confidence. The Estonian has been able to get over the line in a couple of tough matches this week and had a little fortune along the way to reach her first semi-final of the year. Kontaveit started the week with a 5-7 7-6 7-6 win over Kristina Mladenovic before benefiting from the retirement of Angelique Kerber it the second round. Kontaveit booked her spot in the final 4 via a marathon 3-hour 7-5 6-7 6-3 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Kontaveit has done well to get through 2 very tight matches this week.

It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out in what will be the first career meeting between the pair.

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Anett Kontaveit vs. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Stuttgart QF Preview

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🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit vs. 🇷🇺 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

A huge opportunity presents itself to Anett Kontaveit and Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix on Friday. This is an interesting encounter between two players that have struggled in recent times, suddenly they find themselves with an opportunity to reach the semi-final stage of a big premier level event. Who will step up and make the most this opportunity?

Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in action at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Both Kontaveit and Pavlyuchenkova received a stroke of luck in their second round matches in Stuttgart yesterday as both benefited from the retirement of their more fancied opposition. Kontaveit raced to a 6-0 2-0 lead before Angelique Kerber was forced to retire whilst Pavlyuchenkova won a right opening set 7-5 over Garbine Muguruza before the Spaniard retired.

Both claimed meaningful victories in the opening round. Kontaveit snapped a 4-match losing streak to beat Kristina Mladenovic 5-7 7-6 7-6 whilst Pavlyuchenkova claimed her biggest win of the year as she beat Madison Keys 7-6 5-7 6-4.

The H2H record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Kontaveit upset Pavlyuchenkova at the second round stage of the U.S Open in 2015, a 7-5 6-4 win. More recently it was Pavlyuchenkova who beat the Estonian 6-4 6-4 at Indian Wells last year.

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Angelique Kerber vs. Anett Kontaveit, Stuttgart R2 Preview

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🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber vs. 🇪🇪 Anett Kontaveit

Angelique Kerber continues her Stuttgart campaign on Thursday evening with a second round clash against Estonia’s Annett Kontaveit. Kerber kick-started her Stuttgart campaign with an impressive straight set win over Petra Kvitova, avenging her loss to the Czech star just a few days ago at the Fed Cup semi-final stage. The 2016 Stuttgart champion will look to build momentum and push towards another title with a victory over Kontaveit.

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Kerber produced a near-flawless performance in the opening round as she cruised past Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-2. It was a big win for Kerber who would have been bitterly disappointed with her efforts on the weekend as she was beaten by Karolina Pliskova and Kvitova in straight sets as Germany lost to the Czech Republic in the Fed Cup semi-final. As expected Kerber came out breathing fire against Kvitova, clearly she was desperate for revenge and she got just that, in commanding fashion.

Anett Kontaveit was less convincing in her opening round win but her victory was extremely important. Kontaveit claimed a hard-fought 5-7 7-6 7-6 win over Kristina Mladenovic to snap a 4-match losing streak. It was a match that lasted over 3 hours, a dramatic, topsy-turvy encounter between two players that have not been in good form of late. It was a match full of errors and missed chances but to Kontaveit’s credit, it was the Estonian who was slightly tougher in the critical moments.

Interestingly it was Kontaveit who won the only previous match between the pair. A 6-4 6-0 demolition in Rome last year. At that time it was Kontaveit who was in career best form whilst Kerber was in a slump, heading into their Stuttgart clash it is Kerber who is in great form and Kontaveit who is in a slump.

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Petra Kvitova vs Anett Kontaveit, Dubai R1 Preview

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🇪🇪 Annett Kontaveit vs 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova

Petra Kvitova enters the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Championships as the form player in the draw. Kvitova will begin her Dubai campaign on Tuesday with an opening round clash against Estonia’s Anett Kontaveit. Kvitova is on a 13-match winning streak having won back-to-back titles in St. Petersburg and Doha. Kvitova has beaten 5 top 10 players in the last couple of weeks. It will be interesting to see if Kvitova can carry that from into Dubai or will she run out of steam?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic poses with the winners trophy at the 2018 Qatar Total Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Annett Kontaveit arrives in Dubai in totally contrasting form to Kvitova. Kontaveit was thrashed by Alize Cornet in the opening round in Doha last week, beaten 2-6 1-6. Prior to that Kontaveit was involved in Estonia’s unsuccessful bid to reach the Fed Cup world group 2 playoffs. A disappointing few weeks for Kontaveit after a positive round of 16 result at the Australian Open last month.

Petra Kvitova is back to her best. The former Dubai champion is on a 13-match winning streak after displaying blistering tennis to win the Qatar Total Open last week. Kvitova came through an extremely tough draw to win her 22nd career title. Kvitova’s route to the title included wins over Radwanska, Svitolina, Goerges, Wozniacki and Muguruza. Petra came from a set down on 3 occasions, against Radwanska in the second round where she was down a set and a break and the same scenario against Wozniacki in the semi-final. Kvitova clinched the title with a hard-fought 3-6 6-3 6-4 win over Garbine Muguruza.

It was Kvitova who won the only previous match between the pair, a 1-6 7-6 6-3 victory

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