Simona Halep vs. Angelique Kerber, Roland Garros QF Preview

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🇷🇴 (1) Simona Halep vs. 🇩🇪 (12) Angelique Kerber

The pick of the quarter-final match-ups at Roland Garros in 2018 sees the top seeded Simona Halep in search of a maiden Grand Slam title take on 2-time former Grand Slam champion Angelique Kerber. Once again it is Halep who is the strong favourite to win the title heading into the later stages at Roland Garros, will it be third time lucky for Halep in 2018 or will the tournament end in bitter disappointment once again?

Angelique Kerber of Germany celebrates reaching the quarter-final stage of the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Whether she admits it or not, the pressure is on Simona Halep, more pressure than anyone else in the draw. Halep is the greatest player left on tour to have not won a Grand Slam, a two-time finalist in Paris, the world number 1 is again in a great position to break her grand Slam duck. Can she do it? Halep made a slow start to the tournament with a 3 set win over Alison Riske but has been untroubled since then in straight set wins over Taylor Townsend, Andrea Petkovic and Elise Mertens. Halep will face a greater test in the quarter-finals against a red-hot Angelique Kerber.

Angelique Kerber has surprised many to reach the quarter-finals in Paris without dropping a set. Kerber lost in the opening round In Paris in her two previous attempts but has finally found her groove on the Parisian clay in 2018. Kerber started the event with easy wins over Mona Barthel and Ana Bogdan before claiming upset victories over Kiki Bertens and Caroline Garcia. Kerber’s 6-2 6-3 demolition of Garcia in the fourth round was particularly impressive.

Halep holds a 5-4 head-to-head record over Kerber. The most recent match between the pair was an epic at the Australian Open earlier this year, a 6-3 4-6 9-7 victory for the Romanian in what arguably remains the match of the year to this date. The only previous match between the pair on clay was in a Fed Cup tie a few years ago and Kerber won that match in straight sets. Expect this to be another tough battle.

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Caroline Garcia vs. Angelique Kerber, Roland Garros R4 Preview

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🇫🇷 (7) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇩🇪 (12) Angelique Kerber

A Fascinating fourth round clash at Roland Garros on Monday sees the 7th seeded Caroline Garcia take on the 12th seeded Angelique Kerber. Caroline Garcia is the last French player left in the singles draw across the men’s and women’s draws. Garcia had a big breakthrough in Paris last year where she reached the quarter-finals and will be keen to emulate that result in 2018. Kerber has the better of the H2H but Garcia is better suited to the clay.

Caroline Garcia of France in action during her second round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Caroline Garcia has not been at her best in Paris but she has been good enough to get the job done. Garcia started the week with a straightforward demolition of Ying-Ying Duan before requiring 3 sets to get past Shuai Peng. Garcia produced her best performance in the third round where she defeated Irina-Camelia Begu 6-1 6-3. It has been a fairly favourable draw for Garcia, her first big test will come against Kerber.

Angelique Kerber has moved into the second week in Paris without dropping a set. A great result for the German who had suffered back-to-back opening round exits at Roland Garros in the last 2 years. Kerber started the event with a couple of easy wins over Mona Barthel and Ana Bogdan. Kerber faced a real test in the third round where she played Kiki Bertens, a tough 7-6 7-6 victory. Kerber was clutch under pressure and came out on top in the important moments.

Kerber holds a 4-2 H2H advantage over Garcia. Kerber has won 4 of the last 5 matches between the pair, most recently a comfortable 6-1 6-1 victory in Indian Wells earlier this year.

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Angelique Kerber vs. Kiki Bertens, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇩🇪 (12) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇳🇱 (18) Kiki Bertens

A Fascinating third round clash in Paris sees the 12th seeded Angelique Kerber take on the 18th seeded Kiki Bertens. Kerber is flying under the radar in Paris, after a couple of first round exits at Roland Garros in the past few year’s little was expected of Kerber this year. Nevertheless, Kerber has moved into the third round without dropping a set, the 2-time Grand Slam champion will face a huge test against former semi-finalist Kiki Bertens, will she rise to the occasion?

Angelique Kerber of Germany in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Angelique Kerber has cruised into the third round in Paris for the first time since 2015. The German easily disposed of two potentially problematic opponents, the 12th seed started the week with a 6-2 6-3 win over Mona Barthel followed by a 6-2 6-3 win over Ana Bogdan.

Kiki Bertens has also been untroubled on route to the third round in Paris. Bertens crushed a pair of Belarusian opponents to reach the third round, starting with a 6-2 6-1 win over Aryna Sabalenka before defeating Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-4 6-2. Bertens had a big breakthrough in 2016 in Paris where she reached the semi-finals and she looms as a genuine contender at this year’s event.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. The only completed match between the pair took place at the opening round stage at Roland Garros in 2016 where Bertens defeated the then reigning Australian Open champion 6-2 3-6 6-3.

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Angelique Kerber vs. Mona Barthel, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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🇩🇪 (12) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇩🇪 Mona Barthel

The 12th seeded Angelique Kerber comes up against compatriot Mona Barthel in the opening round of Roland Garros. Kerber’s recent record at Roland Garros has been horrible, consecutive opening round losses for Kerber in Paris means that she heads into this year’s event with nothing to lose. Clay is Barthel’s best surface and she has beaten Kerber a few times before, an upset seems plausible here.

Angelique Kerber of Germany practices at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Kerber has been extremely consistent in 2018, arguably the most consistent player on tour. Kerber has already reached 7 quarter-finals in 2018, including a solid quarter-final showing in Rome prior to arriving in Paris. Kerber claimed wins over Diyas, Begu and Sakkari in Rome before succumbing to eventual champion Elina Svitolina in straight sets.

Mona Barthel’s form heading into Roland Garros is far less impressive. Barthel was unable to get through the qualifying draw in both Madrid and Rome. Most recently Barthel actually put in great performance in Nuremburg where she was defeated by Kiki Bertens in 3 tough sets at the second round stage after beating Witthoeft in the opening round.

Kerber holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Barthel. It is Kerber has won the last two matches between the pair, 7-6 6-2 win at Roland Garros in 2013, more recently it was a 6-4 6-3 win for Kerber in Dubai last year. Barthel has beaten Kerber on two previous occasions, can she do it again here?

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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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Angelique Kerber vs Daria Kasatkina, Indian Wells QF Preview

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🇩🇪 (10) Angelique Kerber vs. 🇷🇺 (20) Daria Kasatkina

Angelique Kerber and Daria Kasatkina will renew hostilities when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the 2018 BNP Paribas Open. Kerber and Kasatkina both bring scintillating form into this final 8 clash in Indian Wells, whilst the head-to-head record between the pair is tied at 2-2. All signs point to a very close, competitive clash between two of the best movers on the tour.

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Kerber has rocketed through to the final 8 in Indian Wells after a slow start to the event. Kerber was in trouble in her opening round match as she trailed Ekaterina Markova by a set but the German responded strongly in a rain interrupted clash, winning 3-6 6-4 6-2. Kerber then overcame another troublesome start to defeat defending champion Elena Vesnina 7-5 6-2. There was no such slow start for Kerber in the fourth round where she thrashed Caroline Garcia 6-1 6-1 in what was a near-flawless performance by the 2-time major winner.

Daria Kasatkina is in some of the best form of her young career. Kasatkina ignited her reason last month with a semi-final showing in St. Petersburg and a run to the final in Dubai where she took out several big names such as Johanna Konta and Garbine Muguruza. Kasatkina has not dropped a set on route to the final 8 in Indian Wells. The 20th seed secured her spot in the quarter-finals by beating the two most recent Grand Slam champions, a 6-4 6-3 win over Sloane Stephens and a 6-4 7-5 win over Caroline Wozniacki. Kasatkina’s second win over Wozniacki in as many months was particularly impressive, not many players are able to outsmart Wozniacki but the Russian is making a habit out of doing just that.

This has proven to be a very close matchup. The head-to-head record between the two is split at 2 wins apiece. Their most recent match took place in Tokyo last year where Kerber won 7-6 6-3. The pair met on two other occasions in 2017, Kasatkina won 6-4 0-6 6-4 in Doha and 7-6 6-2 in Sydney.

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Angelique Kerber vs Ekaterina Makarova, Indian Wells R2 Preview

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🇩🇪 (10) Angelique Kerber vs 🇷🇺 Ekaterina Makarova

Angelique Kerber will begin her 2018 BNP Paribas Open campaign with a difficult second round clash against Russia’s Ekaterina Makarova. This has proven to be a troublesome match-up for Kerber in recent times as Makarova won both of the matches between the pair in 2017. Kerber is back to her best in 2018 and will have revenge on her mind as she enters this match in Indian Wells.

Angelique Kerber has been one of, if not the most consistent player on tour in 2018. Kerber has amasses an impressive 19/3 win/loss record across all competitions in 2018. Kerber arrives in Indian Wells on the back of a solid Middle Eastern swing, the 2-time Grand Slam champion reached the quarter-finals in Doha and the semi-finals in Dubai. The one disappointment for Kerber has been the similarities in all 3 of her losses this year, defeated by Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina, all very similar types of opponents, players Kerber would like her chances against.

Makarova got off to a slow start in 2018 but is slowly building some nice momentum. Makarova progressed to the second round at the BNP Paribas Open with a comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Kirsten Flipkens. The problem for Makarova is that she has not been able to win back-to-back matches in 2018, inconsistency is her biggest problem right now. The Russian will however head into this match fairly confident given her recent success over the German.

These two are no strangers to each other. The pair have met on 13 previous occasions, Kerber holds a slender 7-6 H2H advantage. Makarova has won the two most recent matches between the pair, both in 2017. A 6-2 6-2 at Roland Garros and an epic 6-4 1-6 7-6 win in Cincinnati. On hard courts, the H2H record is split at 3 wins apiece.

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Elina Svitolina vs Angelique Kerber, Dubai SF Preview

🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, SF Preview
🇺🇦 (1) Elina Svitolina vs 🇩🇪 (6) Angelique Kerber

A blockbuster semi-final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships sees the top seed and defending champion: Elina Svitolina, take on the in-form player on the tour right now: Angelique Kerber. This will be the second time in as many years these two have gone head-to-head at the semi-final stage in Dubai. This has been a very successful match-up for Svitolina in recent times, the Ukrainian has won the last 4 matches between the pair, 3 of those victories were in straight sets. Nevertheless, it is Kerber who has been more impressive in 2018, can the resurgent German avenge her recent defeats at the hands of Svitolina?

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine in action at the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships WTA Premier tennis tournament

Whilst Svitolina has not necessarily been at her best in 2018, she still has a very positive 12/2 win/loss record thus far. Svitolina started her title defense in Dubai with a scrappy 3 set victory over Qiang Wang after receiving a bye through the opening round. The top seed confirmed her spot in the semi-finals by navigating her way past the dangerous Naomi Osaka 6-2 6-4. Svitolina’s consistency was too much for a wayward Osaka to handle, Svitolina will face a much tougher test in the next round as she takes on a red-hot Angelique Kerber, the German will not give Svitolina gifts like Osaka did in the previous round.

Angelique Kerber has won more matches than any other player in 2018, amassing a very impressive 19/2 win/loss record. Kerber has breezed through to the semi-finals in Dubai without dropping a set, claiming victories over Barbora Strycova, Sara Errani and Karolina Pliskova. Kerber confirmed her spot in the semi-finals with a 6-4 6-3 demolition of Karolina Pliskova. It was a near-flawless performance by Kerber who did not face 1 break point all match.

It is Svitolina who heads into this match with a 6-5 head-to-head record over the German. Svitolina has won the last 4 matches between the two and 6 of the last 9. The pair met on 3 occasions last year, Svitolina beat Kerber in 3 sets in Brisbane, straight sets in Dubai and 6-4 6-2 on clay in a Fed Cup tie in what was their most recent encounter.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Angelique Kerber, Dubai QF Preview

🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, QF Preview
🇨🇿 (3) Karolina Pliskova vs 🇩🇪 (6) Angelique Kerber

Karolina Pliskova and Angelique Kerber will renew hostilities when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the 2018 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Thursday. It is Kerber who has had the better of this match-up in recent times and the German is seemingly in much better form heading into this match. Nevertheless, matches between these two have traditionally been very close, the contrast in styles between the two often brings out the best in each other.

Pliskova arrived in Dubai fresh off a very disappointing early round exit in Doha last week. Pliskova failed to come close to defending her title in Doha, losing in the third round to Catherine Bellis, one of Pliskova’s most disappointing defeats in recent times. The third seed seemed to be heading for a similar fate in Dubai when she dropped the opening set in her first round match against Carla Suarez Navarro, Pliskova managed to steady and claim an important 5-7 6-2 6-4 victory over the Spaniard.

Angelique Kerber has been the most consistent player in 2018 and arguably the most impressive. Kerber has amassed an 18/2 win/loss record across all competitions in 2018, the German was in a winning position in both of the matches she has lost this year: against Halep at the semi-final stage of the Australian Open and against Wozniacki at the quarter-final stage in Doha last week. The 6th seed has progressed to the quarter-finals in Dubai thanks to a couple of fairly comfortable straight set wins over Barbora Strycova and Sara Errani.

Kerber holds a 6-3 head-to-head record over Pliskova and has won 4 of the last 5 matches between the pair. The most recent match between the two took place in Tokyo last year where Kerber won 7-6 7-5. Can Kerber continue her recent dominance over Pliskova?

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Angelique Kerber vs Sara Errani, Dubai R2 Preview

🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, R2 Preview
🇩🇪 (6) Angelique Kerber vs 🇮🇹 (Q) Sara Errani

Angelique Kerber and Sara Errani will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage of the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Wednesday. This will be an interesting battle between two of the toughest competitors on tour. On paper this looks like huge mismatch as Kerber ranked over 100 places above Errani. However, Errani is a former champion in Dubai, has already won 4 matches this week having come through the qualifying draw and holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over the German.

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Angelique Kerber rolled through her opening round match in Dubai, beating Barbora Strycova 6-2 6-1 in a little under an hour. Kerber has been extremely consistent in 2018, amassing an impressive 17/2 win/loss record across all competitions, the best start to a season Kerber has ever made in terms of win/loss records up until this stage of the year. Kerber is certainly the player to beat this week in Dubai, the German looks extremely motivated right now and her form speaks for itself.

Sara Errani is having another good week in Dubai. The 2016 champion made her way through the qualifying draw, winning 3 matches to secure her spot in the main draw. Errani notably came from 1-4 down in the deciding set against Aryna Sabalenka to secure her spot in the main draw. Errani confirmed her place in the second with a 6-4 6-3 over fellow qualifier Lesia Tsurenko, a good win for the Italian.

It is Sara Errani who holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Kerber. The pair have not met since 2012 when they were both in the top 10, Errani upset Kerber at the U.S Open 7-6 6-3 and also beat the German earlier in the year in straight sets at Roland Garros. Much has changed since then, Kerber has improved dramatically whilst Errani now find herself out of the top 100. Will this shift show in their Dubai encounter?