Caroline Wozniacki vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Australian Open QF Preview

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๐Ÿ‡ฉ๐Ÿ‡ฐ (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ 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 Wozniackiโ€™s recent dominance of Carla continue or can the Spaniard extent Wozniackiโ€™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 Carlaโ€™s most successful Grand Slam event, which is surprising given clay has always been the Spaniardโ€™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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๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ช Kaia Kanepi vs ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ 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. Carlaโ€™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) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Venus Williams vs ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ 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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Ekaterina Makarova vs Carla Suarez Navarro, U.S Open R3 Preview

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๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡บ Ekaterina Makarova vs ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Carla Suarez Navarro

Ekaterina Makarova finally claimed her first career victory over Caroline Wozniacki to move into the third round in New York where she will face Carla Suarez Navarro. Makarova was seemingly on route to a straight set win over Wozniacki but was dragged into a third set where she regrouped to secure a 6-2 6-7 6-1 win. Makarova had a 0-7 head-to-head record heading into her match with Wozniacki and will need to overcome another very negative head-to-head record if she is progress any further in New York. Suarez Navarro holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over Makarova and easily accounted for the Russian earlier this year in Eastbourne. Makarova is in much better form heading into this match and despite the negative record, she does have the game to really trouble the Spaniard.

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Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Cincinnati R1 Preview

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๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Carla Suarez Navarro

Mirjana Lucic-Baroniโ€™s form has severely dropped away towards the second half of the year after a brilliant start to the year that saw her make history by reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Lucic-Baroni has lost 7 of her last 9 matches and will be looking to reignite her season in Cincinnati, starting with a difficult first round clash against Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard has won both of the previous matches between the pair and will like her chances of continuing her unbeaten record over the Croatian.

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Carla Suarez Navarro vs Eugenie Bouchard, Wimbledon R1 Preview

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(25) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Carla Suarez Navarro vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Eugenie Bouchard

The pick of the opening round clashes as SW19 on day 1 sees Carla Suarez Navarro come up against Eugenie Bouchard. This match-up, on this surface should suite the Canadian, however Bouchardโ€™s form has been extremely erratic in recent times whilst Suarez Navarro is one of the most consistent players on tour. Suarez Navarro holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Bouchard and won their previous match on a grass court. This looms as a close match, it will be interesting to see which Bouchard shows up for this one.

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Jelena Ostapenko vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Eastbourne R2 Preview

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(10) ๐Ÿ‡ฑ๐Ÿ‡ป Jelena Ostapenko vs ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Carla Suarez Navarro

Reigning Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko will return to competitive action for the first time since her unbelievable achievement in Paris when she takes on Carla Suarez Navarro In the second round at the Aegon International in Eastbourne. The eyes of the tennis world will be on Ostapenko to see how she deals with the pressure of being a Grand Slam champion, an unexpected one. Grass is probably Ostapenkoโ€™s most dangerous surface, so if she can replicate her Roland Garros form over the coming weeks she will again cause a lot of damage. Nevertheless, Suarez Navarro looms as a tough opponent for Ostapenko in Eastbourne.

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Simona Halep vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Roland Garros R4 Preview

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(3) ๐Ÿ‡ท๐Ÿ‡ด Simona Halep vs (21) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Carla Suarez Navarro

Simona Halep continues her quest for her first Grand Slam title when she comes up against clay court specialist Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth round at Roland Garros. Both Halep and Suarez Navarro have reached the final 16 in Paris without dropping a set, both will therefore be full of confidence heading into this intriguing clash. Halep holds a 6-5 record over Suarez Navarro, interestingly it is Suarez Navarro that has won all 4 of their previous matches on a clay court.

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Madison Keys vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Rio Olympics R3 Preview

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(7) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Madison Keys vs (9) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Carla Suarez Navarro

One of the toughest third round matches in Rio sees the seventh seeded Madison Keys come up against the ninth seeded Carla Suarez Navarro. This match-up features an extreme contrast in styles making it a particularly interesting clash, will the powerful American prevail or the consistent Spaniard?

 

Madison Keys made a powerful start to her Olympic campaign with a convincing 6-3 6-3 win over Danka Kovinic but was forced to work much harder for her second round win over Kristina Mladenovic. Madison needed well over three hours to confirm her spot in the third round as she claimed a gruelling 7-5 6-7 7-6 win over Kristina Mladenovic. It was a big win for the American but it was certainly an energy sapping win which may come back to haunt her.

Suarez Navarro was dealt a very dangerous first round opponent in the form of Ana Ivanovic but weathered the storm in that match claim a 2-6 6-1 6-2 win. The Spaniard confirmed her spot in the third round in Rio with a 7-6 6-3 win over Ana Konjuh. Carla will face her toughest challenge in the third round when she comes up against Madison Keys.

 

Madison Keys holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over Carla Suarez Navarro. The first win was a three set win on the hard courts of Tokyo in 2013, more recently Keys claimed a hard-fought 3-6 6-3 7-6 win over the Spaniard on the grass courts of Birmingham a couple of months ago.

The result in this match-up will always be very dependent on Madisonโ€™s level of play given the American is the far more powerful player and will decide most of the points. The good news for Carla is that the courts in Rio are very slow meaning she will have more chances to engage Madison in extended rallies. I think Carla has a good chance to overcome Keys on this occasion, it will be tough for Keys to back up after her physical win over Mladenovic, especially given she will have less than 24 hours to recover as this match is the first match scheduled on Centre Court. Carla came very close to beating Madison in conditions that were perfect for the American a few months ago, on this occasion the conditions and circumstances favour Carla so that suggests she can win this.

Prediction: Carla Suarez Navarro to defeat Madison Keys in 3 sets

Venus Williams vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Wimbledon R4 Preview

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(8) ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ Venus Williams vs (12) ๐Ÿ‡ช๐Ÿ‡ธ Carla Suarez Navarro

Venus Williams will be aiming to reach her twelfth Quarter-Final at Wimbledon when she comes up against Carla Suarez Navarro at the fourth round stage at SW19 on Monday. Conversely, Carla Suarez Navarro will be aiming to reach the Quarter-Finals at Wimbledon for the very first time in her career. Venus and Carla have built up a competitive rivalry over the years, this should be another close match between the pair.

Venus Williams has been involved in a couple of epic battles on route to the fourth round stage at this yearโ€™s championships. The American started the week with a hard-fought straight set win over Donna Vekic before being pushed to three sets by Maria Sakkari where Venus prevailed 7-5 4-6 6-3. Things got even tougher for Venus at the third round stage. The 5-time former Champion endured several rain delays and overcame a gutsy performance by Daria Kasatkina to claim an epic 7-5 4-6 10-8 victory. Venus has shown over her last couple of matches that she is still one of the toughest competitors on tour, particularly in close matches.

 

Carla Suarez Navarro has never been too comfortable on a grass court but has shown some signs of improvement over the last couple of weeks. The Spaniard arrived at Wimbledon with a renowned sense of confidence on the surface after reaching the semi-final stage at Birmingham. Carla has also come through some tough matches on route to he fourth round. Carla was pushed to three sets by Shuai Zhang and Denisa Allertova in her opening couple of matches before claiming a comfortable 6-2 6-2 win over Marina Erakovic to set up a fourth round showdown with Venus Williams.

The head-to-head record between Venus Williams and Carla Suarez Navarro is split at three wins apiece. The pair have traded victories ever since the Spaniard shocked Venus at the 2009 Australian Open. Their most recent clash took place at Wuhan last year, Venus claimed a comfortable 6-3 6-4 victory. Their only previous match on a grass court was at Wimbledon in 2009, Venus won that match 6-0 6-4.

A grass court surface undoubtedly heavily favors Venus Williams in this match-up. Grass has always been the Americanโ€™s best surface whilst grass has always been Carla's worst surface. Venus has been playing well enough over her last couple of matches to suggest that she will be good enough to claim victory in this match. Venus has all the weapons to blow Carla off the court (particularly on this surface) the result depends on whether Venus will execute on the day.

Prediction: Venus Williams to defeat Carla Suarez Navarro in 3 sets