Barbora Strycova vs. Alize Cornet, Wuhan R1 Preview

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🇨🇿 Barbora Strycova vs. 🇫🇷 Alize Cornet

Two of the tour’s most entertaining players will go head-to-head at the opening round stage in Wuhan as Barbora Strycova takes on Alize Cornet. Interestingly it is Cornet who has been fairly dominant in this match-up in the past, Cornet holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over Strycova but heads into this match as the slight underdog.

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic in action during her third-round match at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

The pair bring fairly contrasting form into this opening round match in Wuhan. Strycova was in action last week in Tokyo where she played two tough matches, she beat Anett Kontaveit in an epic 3 set encounter before being beaten by Naomi Osaka in straight sets in what was a pretty competitive match. Conversely, Cornet has not won a match since Cincinnati and suffered a strangely one sided first round loss at the hands of Jennifer Brady in Guangzhou last week.

It was Alize Cornet who won the first 5 career meetings between the two, Strycova has won 2 of their last 3 matches. Overall it is Cornet with al 6-2 head-to-head advantage. Their most recent clash was at Roland Garros last year, Cornet claimed a comfortable 6-4 6-1 victory. Strycova has won the last 2 matches between the pair on a hard court.

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Barbora Strycova vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova, Wimbledon R1 Preview

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🇨🇿 (23) Barbora Strycova vs. 🇷🇺 Svetlana Kuznetsova

A tough opening round match-up sees the 23rd seeded Barbora Strycova take on Russia’s Svetlana Kuznetsova. Kuznetsova loomed as one of the most dangerous unseeded players heading into the draw ceremony, the veteran’s ranking has dropped significantly of late but she is always dangerous in these big events and has a good record against Strycova.

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic in action during her third round match at the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Barbora Strycova’s recent form has been good. Strycova played a couple of events on grass before Wimbledon, a semi-final showing in Birmingham followed by a third round exit in Eastbourne where she was beaten by Karolina Pliskova. Wimbledon was the scene of Strycova’s greatest result at a Grand Slam, a quarter-final showing in 2014. Grass is arguably Strycova’s best surface.

Kuznetsova’s form in the lead-up to Wimbledon has been far less impressive. Kuznetsova was comfortably beaten in Mallorca and Eastbourne, a straight less loss to Sevastova in the opening round in Mallorca and a thrashing at the hands of Elise Mertens in the second round at Eastbourne. Grass may typically be considered Kuznetsova’s worst surface but she has a good recent record at Wimbledon and made it all the way to the quarter-finals last year.

Kuznetsova holds a perfect 2-0 H2H record over Strycova. The most recent match between the pair took place at Indian Wells in 2014, a 6-3 6-3 win for Kuznetsova.

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Barbora Strycova vs. Donna Vekic, Eastbourne R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R2 Preview
🇨🇿 (14) Barbora Strycova vs. 🇭🇷 Donna Vekic

Barbora Strycova and Donna Vekic will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the opening round stage of the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. This is an interesting match-up because of the great contrast in styles between the pair. Vekic has a powerful game whilst Strycova has great touch and variety. What they have in common is that they both play their best tennis on a grass court.

Donna Vekic of Croatia in action at the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Strycova and Vekic have both had decent results on grass in the last few weeks. Strycova made it to the semi-finals in Birmingham last week whilst Vekic made it to the semi-finals in Nottingham the week prior to Birmingham. Vekic may have suffered an opening round exit in Birmingham last week but it wasn’t a terrible result as she did push Elina Svitolina to 3 sets in a gallant defeat.

It is rare that two players have completely different game styles but both excel on the same surface, that is the case here. The aggressive, flat groundstrokes of Vekic are very dangerous when she finds her range on grass, she also has decent touch which helps on this surface. Conversely, Strycova’s exceptional backhand slice and ability at the net make her very dangerous on this surface.

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Barbora Strycova vs. Magdalena Rybarikova, Birmingham SF Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham SF Preview
🇨🇿 Barbora Strycova vs. 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova

Saturday’s first semi-final at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham features an interesting battle between Barbora Strycova and Magdalena Rybarikova, a match-up between two players that excel on grass. This is a vintage match-up between two versatile players that are very competent at the net and have deadly slice backhands, a grass court classic. The pair will both be aiming to reach a maiden final in 2018, who will rise to the occasion and book their spot in the final?

Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia in action during the quarter-finals at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Barbora Strycova will be seeking a spot in a third final in Birmingham on Saturday. The Czech received an early lifeline in the tournament when she came back from the brink of defeat against Jennifer Brady in the first round, twice fighting from a set and a break down to claim a gutsy 3-6 7-5 6-3 victory. Strycova claimed a big upset in the second round as she fairly comfortably eliminated the top seeded Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-4 in what was one of her better performances of the season thus far. The 32-year-old led Lesia Tsurenko 7-5 3-0 in their quarter-final clash before the Ukrainian retired injured to hand Strycova a place in her first semi-final of 2018.

Magdalena Rybarikova’s recent record on grass is as good as most. The Slovakian famously reached the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year and is again showing her grass court prowess in Birmingham this week. Rybarikova started the week with a superb 6-2 6-3 win over Karolina Pliskova before battling past Kristina Mladenovic 3-6 6-2 6-1. The 29-year-old secured her spot in her first semi-final of the 2018 with a fairly comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Slovenian qualifier Dalila Jakupovic.

Strycova holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Rybarikova. Strycova has won all 3 of their previous matches at the tour level. The pair met on 2 occasions last year, both ended in straight set wins for Strycova, 7-6 7-6 in Tokyo and 6-1 6-4 in the Linz final in what was their recent match.

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Barbora Strycova vs. Lesia Tsurenko, Birmingham QF Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham QF Preview
🇨🇿 Barbora Strycova vs. 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Barbora Strycova and Lesia Tsurenko will do battle in an unexpected quarter-final match-up in Birmingham. Strycova and Tsurenko both secured their places in the final 8 at the Nature Valley Classic with upset victories over seeded opponents, the pair will head into this match with confidence, both will see this as a winnable match. Who will prevail?

Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine in action at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Lesia Tsurenko is into a third quarter-final in 2018. The Ukrainian has advanced to the final 8 in Birmingham thanks to a couple of solid victories, a 7-6 7-5 win over Heather Watson followed by a 1-6 6-3 6-3 defeat of the 6th seeded Daria Kasatkina. Once Tsurenko gets on a roll she can be dangerous, perhaps she can get on a roll in Birmingham.

Barbora Strycova secured her spot in the quarter-finals in Birmingham with yet another victory over Garbine Muguruza in what was her first top 10 victory of the season. Strycova was too solid for the top seeded Spaniard as she claimed a fairly comfortable 6-2 6-4 victory, her third consecutive win over reigning Wimbledon champion. In the opening round Strycova came from a set and a break down to defeat Jennifer Brady 3-6 7-5 6-3.

Surprisingly these two have only gone head-to-head on 1 previous occasion, Tsurenko won that match 6-3 6-0 in New Haven in 2015.

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Garbine Muguruza vs. Barbora Strycova, Birmingham R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham R2 Preview
🇪🇸 (1) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇨🇿 Barbora Strycova

Garbine Muguruza and Barbora Strycova will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham on Thursday. Muguruza and Strycova had very contrasting opening round victories, Muguruza crushed Pavlyuchenkova whilst Strycova battled past Brady. Interestingly, Strycova has won the last two matches between the pair, can Strycova claim a third consecutive win over the Spaniard?

Garbine Muguruza of Spain in action at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Garbine Muguruza kickstarted her 2018 grass court campaign in style. The reigning Wimbledon champion thumped Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1 6-2 in just under hour. Muguruza did not face a break point throughout the match, a clinical serving performance from the top seed.

Barbora Strycova advanced to the second round in Birmingham with a typically dramatic 3-6 7-5 6-3 win over Jennifer Brady. Strycova looked down and out on a couple of occasions, twice down a break in the second set and down a break early in the decider, Strycova’s trademark determination eventually got the better of the American to secure a showdown with the top seed.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 3 wins apiece. Strycova has proven to be a very difficult opponent for Muguruza in recent times having won 3 of their last 4 matches. Their most recent completed match and only previous match on grass was in Eastbourne last year, an easy 6-1 6-0 victory for Strycova.

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Barbora Strycova vs. Ekaterina Makarova, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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🇨🇿 (26) Barbora Strycova vs. 🇷🇺 Ekaterina Makarova

Barbora Strycova and Ekaterina Makarova will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage at Roland Garros on Wednesday. This looms as a fascinating encounter between two very experienced and accomplished opponents, both have struggled for the majority of 2018 and will see this a big opportunity to gain some much needed confidence.

Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Barbora Strycova arrived in Paris having lost 8 consecutive matches, a rare losing streak for the usually very consistent player. Strycova was seemingly heading for a 9th consecutive loss when she comfortably dropped the opening set of her first round match in Paris to Kurumi Nara but Strycova responded to claim a much needed 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

Like Strycova, Ekaterina Makarova brings poor form into the second Grand Slam of the year having not won a match on clay in 2018 at the tour level. However, the Russian was untroubled in her opening round match in Paris, comfortably beating the potentially dangerous Saisai Zheng 6-4 6-1.

It is Strycova who holds a 4-3 head-to-head record over Makarova. The most recent match between the pair took place earlier this year in Sydney, Strycova won easily 6-4 6-1.

Roland Garros has been the least successful Grand Slam for both Strycova and Makarova, clay is the least preferred surface for both. It will be interesting to see who steps up and takes control of this match.

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Barbora Strycova vs. Camila Giorgi, Prague R1 Preview

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🇨🇿 (5) Barbora Strycova vs. 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

An interesting opening round match-up in Prague on Tuesday sees the 5th seeded Barbora Strycova come up against big-hitting Italian Camila Giorgi. Strycova arrives in Prague in desperate need of momentum boost having not won a match since Doha. Perhaps Prague is the perfect location for Strycova to turn her fortunes around with the home crowd support she has reached at least the quarter-final stage at this event in the last 3 years and made it to the final 4 last year.

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Strycova arrives in Prague having lost 6 matches in a row on the WTA tour, an unprecedented losing streak for Strycova in recent times. The 32-year-old started her clay court season last week in Stuttgart where she was eliminated In the opening round by Laura Siegemund, a straight set loss, her fourth consecutive straight set loss. What is in Strycova’s favour is the fact that she has never lost to Giorgi and her good recent record in Prague.

Giorgi hasn’t exactly been in great form herself heading into Prague. Giorgi has generally struggled in 2018 after her great run to the semi-finals in Sydney to start the year. Giorgi has had a few decent weeks to start her clay court season, a couple of wins in Charleston and a quarter-final appearance in Lugano. Giorgi is the type of player that can catch form at any stage, Giorgi has shown that she is very capable on a clay court.

It is Strycova who holds a perfect 2-0 H2H record over Giorgi. Strycova beat Giorgi 6-1 6-3 in Charleston in 2012 and more recently a 6-2 7-5 win in Cincinnati. Perhaps it will be third time lucky for Giorgi as she runs into an out of form Strycova in Prague.

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Barbora Strycova vs Ashleigh Barty, Sydney QF Preview

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🇨🇿 Barbora Strycova vs 🇦🇺 Ashleigh Barty

An interesting quarter-final match-up at the Sydney International sees Barbora Strycova take on Ashleigh Barty. Strycova and Barty have had contrasting pathways through to the final 8 in Sydney. Strycova has had a tough draw, defeating Kasatkina and Makarova whilst Barty has had a very favourable draw having beaten Cepede Royg and Perez on route to the quarter-finals. The head-to-head record is split at 1 win apiece, who will edge ahead and reach the semi-finals in Sydney?

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Barbora Strycova has made a decent start to the 2018 season, reaching back-to-back quarter-finals in Auckland and Sydney. Strycova started her Sydney campaign with a difficult 3 set victory over Daria Kasatkina, a 7-5 1-6 6-4 victory. The 31-year-old was more comfortable in her second round match, beating Ekaterina Makarova surprisingly comfortably 6-4 6-1. Strycova will be keen to replicate her run to the semi-finals in Sydney last year.

Ashleigh Barty has started to gain some much needed momentum at the Sydney International. Barty started her 2018 season with a shocking opening round to Lesia Tsurenko last week in Brisbane and arrived in Sydney under great pressure to get some victories under her belt. Barty has not been at her best this week in Sydney but she has competed well enough to claim straight set wins over Veronica Cepede Royg and Ellen Perez. Barty was fortunate enough to receive a relatively easy draw this week, her toughest test thus far will come on Thursday against Strycova.

The head-to-head between these two is split at 1 win apiece. The most recent match between the pair took place on grass in Birmingham last year, Barty claimed a 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory. Strycova won their only previous match on a hard court, 6-1 6-3 at the US Open in 2014.

Sloane Stephens vs Barbora Strycova, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

WTA Elite Trophy, 🇨🇳🌹🐉 Zhuhai RR Preview + Prediction
(3) 🇺🇸 Sloane Stephens vs (11) 🇨🇿 Barbora Strycova

The final group stage match at the 2017 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai will see reigning U.S Open champion Sloane Stephens take on Barbora Strycova. Stephens and Strycova both proved to be no match for Anastasija Sevastova in their opening matches from the camellia group, both were defeated by the Latvian in straight sets ensuring it would be Sevastova would progresses through to the semi-finals. Stephens holds a 2-1 H2h advantage over Strycova and has won their last two matches, however, Stephens has not won a match since her historic U.S Open triumph. Can the American end a career changing season with a victory on Friday night with a victory over Barbora Strycova?

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