Aryna Sabalenka vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, Wuhan R1 Preview

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🇧🇾 Aryna Sabalenka vs. 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

Aryna Sabalenka and Carla Suarez Navarro kick-start their Asian swings with an opening round clash in Wuhan on Monday. The pair squared off last month in the New Haven final, Sabalenka claimed a comfortable victory on that occasion. Can Suarez Navarro avenge that loss in Wuhan?

Arena Sabalenka of Belarus warms up for practice at the 2018 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

It will be interesting to see if Sabalenka can maintain her strong form from the North American hard court swing throughout the remainder of the year. Sabalenka played career best tennis over the last few months, reaching the semi-final in Cincinnati, winning the title in New Haven and reaching the fourth round in New York. The early signs are that she may not be able to continue that form after an opening round loss in Quebec City at the hands of Varvara Lepchenko a few weeks ago. Sabalenka will need to quickly regain her rhythm for a tough opening round clash against Suarez Navarro in Wuhan.

Suarez Navarro also had a great North American hard court swing. Suarez Navarro reached the final in New Haven before claiming some big wins on route to a quarter-final showing at the US Open. Suarez Navarro will enter this match keen for revenge after she was comfortably beaten by Sabalenka in the New Haven final.

Sabalenka smashed Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-4 in their only previous clash last month in New Haven. Suarez Navarro was unable to handle the firepower of a red-hot Sabalenka on that occasion but seemingly have a greater chance heading into this match.

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Madison Keys vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, US OPEN QF Preview

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🇺🇸 (14) Madison Keys vs. 🇪🇸 (30) Carla Suarez Navarro

Madison Keys will be out to maintain her perfect record over Carla Suarez Navarro when the pair meet at the quarter-final stage of the US Open on Wednesday. Keys reached her first and only Grand Slam final in New York 12 months ago, the American has reached the quarter-finals in 3 of Grand Slams in 2018 but claiming that elusive Grand Slam title is now the task for Keys. Suarez Navarro will be no pushover, the Spaniard is fresh off a big upset win over Maria Sharapova and is arguably playing the best tennis of her career right now.

Madison Keys of the United States in action during her fourth-round match at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Madison Keys rocketed into the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows with a commanding 6-1 6-3 win over Dominika Cibulkova. Keys played her greatest match of the tournament thus far as she breezed past the Slovakian. Keys was also untroubled in her first few matches in New York as she beat Pauline Parmentier and Bernarda Pera in straight sets. The American’s biggest test was in the third round where she defeated Aleksandra Krunic from a set down, an important win for Keys.

Carla Suarez Navarro has had a much more difficult route to the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows. Carla required 3 sets to get the better of Nicole Gibbs and Kristina Mladenovic in a pair of scrappy performances to start her campaign. The Spaniard claimed an epic third round win over the 6th seeded Caroline Garcia, outlasting the Frenchwoman to win in a third set tiebreak. Suarez Navarro secured her spot in a 7th Grand Slam quarter-final with a dominant 6-4 6-3 win over a wayward Maria Sharapova. Suarez Navarro has never reached the semi-finals at a Grand Slam having lost all 6 of her previous Grand Slam quarter-finals.

Keys holds a perfect 3-0 record over Suarez Navarro. All 3 of those victories required a third set. The most recent match between the two took place at the Rio Olympics in 2016, Keys won that match 6-3 3-6 6-3.

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Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo, Wimbledon R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R2 Preview
🇪🇸 (27) Carla Suarez Navarro vs. 🇪🇸 Sara Sorribes Tormo

An all-Spanish battle sees the 27th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro take on Sara Sorribes Tormo. Grass is the least preferred surface of both Suarez Navarro and Sorribes Tormo, both will therefore see this match-up as a good opportunity to reach the third round stage at SW19. It is Suarez Navarro who has dominated this match-up in the past and heads into this match as a strong favourite.

Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

Suarez Navarro got her Wimbledon campaign off to a great start as she claimed a comfortable 6-2 6-4 victory over Carina Witthoeft on Tuesday. The Spaniard’s opening round encounter with Witthoeft loomed as a real dangerous match for the 27th seed, it was therefore impressive that she was able to come through the match so comfortably. Wimbledon has been Carla’s least successful Grand Slam event but she has still managed to reach the fourth round stage on two previous occasions.

Sara Sorribes Tormo is already having a great event. Sorribes Tormo made her way through the qualifying draw at Roehampton, beating Badosa Gibert, Bouzkova and Kostyuk on route to the main draw. The 21-year-old claimed her first ever main draw victory at Wimbledon with a 7-6 6-1 triumph over Estonia’s Kaia Kanepi, a significant win for Sorribes Tormo in what should have been a troublesome match-up on this surface.

Suarez Navarro holds a perfect 2-0 head-to-head record over Sorribes Tormo. Suarez Navarro easily won their 2 previous matches, 6-4 6-1 in Linz in 2016 and 6-2 6-0 in Monterrey in 2017. Sorribes Tormo is full of confidence having won 4 matches in a row on grass, perhaps she can make this a much more competitive match?

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Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Danielle Collins, Eastbourne R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R2 Preview
🇪🇸 (16) Carla Suarez Navarro vs. 🇺🇸 Danielle Collins

Carla Suarez Navarro and Danielle Collins will go head-to-head in an interesting second round clash at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. Both Collins and Suarez Navarro arrived in Eastbourne without a win to their name on grass in 2018, in the last tournament before Wimbledon it is critical for both gain some confidence and momentum this week in Eastbourne before heading to SW19.

Danielle Collins of the United States in action at the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

The 16th seeded Suarez Navarro received a bye through the opening round in Eastbourne. The Spaniard has played just one prior tournament on grass this year, in Mallorca last week. Suarez Navarro suffered a disappointing straight set loss in Mallorca, beaten by Lara Arruabarrena.

Danielle Collins also suffered a disappointing loss in Mallorca last week, a straight set loss at the hands of Rebecca Peterson in the opening round. Collins managed to get back to the winners list in Eastbourne with a 6-3 3-6 6-3 opening round win over local wild-card Katie Swan, her first tour level victory on a grass court.

The only previous match between the pair took place earlier this year in Indian Wells, Suarez Navarro claimed a fairly comfortable 6-2 6-4 victory. The conditions in Eastbourne will be very different to those in Indian Wells, Collins seemingly has a greater chance on this quick grass court surface.

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Elina Svitolina vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, Madrid R2 Preview

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🇺🇦 (4) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

One of the standout second round matches at the Mutua Madrid Open sees the 4th seeded Elina Svitolina take on Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. This has historically been a very even match-up, the H2H series between the pair reflects this, a 3-3 H2H record. Svitolina will enter this clash eager for revenge after Suarez Navarro shocked the Ukrainian in their most recent match, a straight set win for the Spaniard at the third round stage at Indian Wells. Can Suarez Navarro cause Svitolina more grief in front of her home fans in the Spanish capital?

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Svitolina and Suarez Navarro both cruised through their opening round matches in Madrid against decent opposition. Svitolina defeated Alize Cornet 6-2 6-2 whilst Suarez Navarro beat Barbora Strycova 6-3 6-3. Cornet and Strycova are both solid opposition meaning both Svitolina and Suarez Navarro have started this tournament in good form. Expect another tough battle between two of the tour’s greatest competitors.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 3 win apiece heading into this match. Surprisingly it is Suarez Navarro who has won 2 of their last 3 matches. In 2018 the pair have met on 2 occasions, a 6-2 6-4 win for Svitolina in Brisbane and more recently a 7-5 6-3 win for Suarez Navarro in Indian wells.

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Venus Williams vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Indian Wells QF Preview

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🇺🇸 (8) Venus Williams vs. 🇪🇸 (27) Carla Suarez Navarro

An interesting quarter-final clash from the Californian desert sees Venus Williams come up against Carla Suarez Navarro. These two opponents are very familiar with each other having played on 8 previous occasions, Venus holds a 5-3 H2H advantage. This is an interesting matchup because of the large contrast in styles between the pair, the powerful game of Venus up against the crafty Spaniard. Both have taken out some big names up until this point and will feel confident heading into this match.

Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in action at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Venus Williams has come through a tough section of the draw to reach the final 8 without dropping a set. Venus started the week with a 6-3 6-4 win over Sorana Cirstea in what was her first regular tour event of the year. Venus then claimed her first victory over Serena in 4 years, a hard-fought 6-3 6-4 win. The 8th seeds toughest match was in the fourth round where she beat Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 6-4. The first set could have gone either way but Venus was more clinical in the important moments and managed to come from a break down in each set to secure a straight set victory.

Suarez Navarro is into her second quarter-final of the year at a big event after reaching the final 8 in Melbourne in January. Suarez Navarro required 3 sets to get past Su-Wei Hsieh in the opening round before producing a vastly improved performance to eliminate the 4th seeded Elina Svitolina 7-5 6-3 in what was one of the Spaniard’s best victories in recent years. The 27th seed confirmed her spot in the quarter-finals with a fairly comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Danielle Collins.

Venus Williams has won the last 3 meetings between the pair and holds a overall 5-3 win/loss record of Suarez Navarro. The last meeting between the pair took place at the U.S Open last year, a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win for the American. Prior to that, Venus defeated Carla 7-6 6-4 at Wimbledon in 2016.

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Elina Svitolina vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Indian Wells R3 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells R3 Preview
🇺🇦 (4) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇪🇸 (27) Carla Suarez Navarro

Elina Svitolina continues her BNP Paribas Open on Monday with a third round clash against Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. Svitolina is one of the hottest players on tour right now. Svitolina won more titles than any other player in 2017 and is already at the top of the standings in 2018 with 2 titles to her name. Suarez Navarro has proven to be a tough match-up for Svitolina, can the Spaniard cause a big upset?

Svitolina has amassed an impressive 15-2 win-loss record in 2018. The Ukrainian kick-started her 2018 BNP Paribas Open campaign with a fairly comfortable 6-4 6-3 victory over Germany’s Mona Barthel. Svitolina arrived in Indian Wells full of confidence after winning the Tie Break Tens competition in New York City and prior to that defending her title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Svitolina looms as one of the toughest players to beat over the next fortnight at the BNP Paribas Open.

Carla Suarez Navarro confirmed her spot in the third round In Indian Wells with a hard-fought 6-4 2-6 6-3 win over Su-Wei Hsieh. Carla was certainly not at her best but was solid enough to get the job done in the final set. Suarez Navarro has had a decent season thus far, her run to the quarter-finals in Melbourne being the highlight. More recently Carla suffered back-to-back second round losses in Doha and Dubai, tough draws against Johanna Konta and Karolina Pliskova contributed to her undoing.

Svitolina holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Suarez Navarro. The most recent match between the pair took place earlier this year in Brisbane where Svitolina won 6-2 6-4 on route to the title. Prior to that match, the last 3 matches between the two went the distance, including a 3 set win for Suarez Navarro in Birmingham in 2016.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Australian Open QF Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 Quarter-Final Preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

Caroline Wozniacki and Carla Suarez Navarro will go head-to-head at the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open at Melbourne Park on Tuesday. Wozniacki is edging closer and closer to a maiden Grand Slam title, the former world number 1 is widely regarded as the best player to never win a Grand Slam and will be desperate to change that over the next week. Suarez Navarro will also have dreams of winning a Grand Slam, the Spaniard has reached the final 8 of a Grand Slam on 5 previous occasions but is still looking to reach her first Grand Slam semi-final. Will Wozniacki’s recent dominance of Carla continue or can the Spaniard extent Wozniacki’s Grand Slam misery?

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Caroline Wozniacki has been ruthless ever since she saved match points in her second round win over Jana Fett. Wozniacki received a lifeline at Melbourne Park after she trailed Jana Fett 1-5 15-40 but survived courtesy of the Croatian tightening up. Wozniacki is seemingly playing with more freedom since that win over Fett. The former world number 1 beat Kiki Bertens 6-4 6-3 before thrashing Magdalena Rybarikova 6-3 6-0 to confirm her spot in the quarter-finals at Melbourne Park for the third time in her career. If ever Wozniacki is going to win a Grand Slam it is now, can the Dane make the most of this opportunity?

Carla Suarez Navarro is into the quarter-final stage at Melbourne Park for the third time in her career, making the Australian Open Carla’s most successful Grand Slam event, which is surprising given clay has always been the Spaniard’s favourite surface. Suarez Navarro arrived in Melbourne in poor form but has displayed her trademark determination to fight through the draw. Suarez Navarro started the event with a tight 2 set win over Magdalena Frech before beating Timea Babos in 3 sets. The world number 40 has come from a set down over a pair of huge hitters to reach the final 8, beating Kaia Kanepi 3-6 6-1 6-3 before beating Anett Kontaveit 4-6 6-4 8-6. Carla Fought from a set and 1-4 down in her win over Kontaveit and came from a break down in the final set, a huge win for Carla.

Wozniacki holds a fairly commanding 5-2 head-to-head record over Suarez Navarro. Wozniacki has won all 3 of the previous matches between the pair but it was Carla who won their most recent match, a 6-4 2-6 6-2 on clay in Madrid last year.

Kaia Kanepi vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Australian Open R3 Preview

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🇪🇪 Kaia Kanepi vs 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

Kaia Kanepi and Carla Suarez Navarro will renew hostilities on Friday when they square off for a place in the round of 16 at the 2018 Australian Open. Kanepi and Suarez Navarro have a long history against each other, the head-to-head record between the pair is split at 4 wins apiece. This match-up features a huge contrast in styles. The extreme power of Kanepi up against the all-court, crafty Spaniard. Who will come out on top?

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Kaia Kanepi has blasted her way into the third round at Melbourne Park. Kanepi started the week by eliminating former finalist Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-2. Kanepi then defeated Monica Puig 6-4 6-3.Two good ins over dangerous opponents. Kanepi has shown that her best tennis is extremely good over the last few weeks. Kanepi bashed her way through the qualifying draw into the quarter-finals in Brisbane in week 1 and is playing at a similarly high level in Melbourne. Kanepi did make a slow start against Puig and looked off when she trailed 1-4 but rebounded nicely to win 11 0f the 14 games and equal her best ever run at the Australian Open by reaching the third round.

Carla Suarez Navarro arrived in Melbourne in poor form and with question marks surrounding her commitment to the tournament. The Spaniard has done well to reach the third round. Carla defeated Magdalena Frech 7-5 6-3 in the opening round. It was in the second round where Suarez Navarro claimed a big win, defeating Timea Babos 6-4 2-6 6-2. Carla’s ability to get past such dangerous opponent will give the former quarter-finalist a big boost of momentum.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 4 wins apiece. It has been a while since they last played, it was Kanepi that won 7-5 6-0 at the US Open in 2014.

Venus Williams vs Carla Suarez Navarro, U.S Open R4 Preview

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(9) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams vs 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

Venus Williams and Carla Suarez Navarro will renew hostilities when they meet at the fourth round stage at Flushing Meadows on Saturday. Venus and Carla have built up a solid, competitive rivalry over the years, this will be their 8th career meeting with Venus currently leading the head-to-head 4-3. This is an enjoyable match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles, the raw power of Williams up against the finesse and consistency of Suarez Navarro. On a hard court, the head-to-head record is split at 2 wins apiece, who will edge ahead with a win in New York and move on to the second week?

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