Caroline Garcia vs. Victoria Azarenka, Miami R2 Preview

🇺🇸🐬 Miami Open, R2 Preview
🇫🇷 (19) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇧🇾 Victoria Azarenka

Victoria Azarenka continues her Miami Open campaign with a second round match-up against the 19th seeded Caroline Garcia on Thursday. Azarenka is starting to build some momentum in season 2019, the former Miami champion started the tournament with a gutsy 3 set win over Dominika Cibulkova and will fancy her chances against the out of form Frenchwoman.

Garcia has generally made a very poor start to the season and is in desperate need of a big win. Garcia has only won 3 tour level matches this year, only one of those was against an opponent in the top 100. Garcia has already lost to Jennifer Brady on 3 occasions this year, including in her opening round match-up with the American in Indian Wells a few weeks ago, simply not good enough given Garcia’s potential.

Azarenka is on the rise. The Belarusian has had a good couple of weeks and is seemingly on the verge of going on a deep run at a big tournament, perhaps here in Miami. Azarenka showed glimpses of her best in her last few events in Acapulco and Indian Wells, especially in her epic contest with Serena Williams in Indian Wells. The former number 1 was forced to dig deep in a rough opening round match-up with Dominika Cibulkova in Miami, Azarenka eventually came out on top 6-2 3-6 6-4.

It was Garcia who won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-4 7-5 victory in Cincinnati last year.

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Caroline Garcia vs. Danielle Collins, Australian Open R3 Preview

Australian Open, R3 Preview
🇫🇷 (19) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇺🇸 Danielle Collins

The 19th seeded Caroline Garcia and America’s Danielle Collins will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the third round stage of the Australian Open on Friday. Garcia heads into this clash as a strong favourite, Garcia is the far more established player, especially at this level but Collins has made a habit of defying the odds and will fancy her chances here.

Caroline Garcia of France in action during her second-round match at the 2019 Australian Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Garcia has cruised into the third round at Melbourne with a couple of straight set wins. Garcia started the event with a 6-2 6-3 win over Jessika Ponchet before defeating Zoe Hives 6-3 6-3. In truth Garcia has had a very favourable draw and that continues in the next round with a match-up against the unseeded Collins.

Danielle Collins arrived at Melbourne Park having never won a Grand Slam main draw match. The American’s first win at a Grand Slam was a special one, a 2-6 7-6 6-4 win over the 14th seeded Julia Goerges. Collins back-up her win over the German nicely with a reasonably comfortable 6-3 7-5 win over Sachia Vickery.

This will be an interesting match-up because of the contrasting styles between the pair, the class of Garcia against the scrappy American. Can Collins cause another big upset to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time?

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Aryna Sabalenka vs. Caroline Garcia, Zhuhai RR preview + prediction

🇨🇳 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai – RR preview + prediction
🇧🇾 (3) Aryna Sabalenka vs. 🇫🇷 (8) Caroline Garcia

The final match from the orchid group sees Aryna Sabalenka take on Caroline Garcia in Zhuhai. Sabalenka started her Zhuhai campaign with a straight set win over Ashleigh Barty whilst Garcia suffered a straight set loss at the hands of Barty in her first match of the week. Sabalenka’s destiny is in her own hands, a win and she is through, a loss and she may still go through but It will come down to games/sets won.

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Sabalenka has won both of the previous matches between the pair, both came in similar fashion, both on a hard court in 2018. Garcia got into a match winning positions in both of those matches but crumbled when it mattered most. Sabalenka beat Garcia 5-7 7-6 6-0 in Beijing a a few months ago in their most recent match. I have to side with Sabalenka again here given their H2H record and the form of the pair so far this week in Zhuhai. Sabalenka has generally been one of the best payers on tour over the last few months whilst Garcia continues to be disappointing.

Prediction: Aryna Sabalenka to defeat Caroline Garcia in 2 sets

Caroline Garcia vs. Ashleigh Barty, Zhuhai RR preview + prediction

WTA Elite Trophy – Zhuhai RR preview + prediction
🇫🇷 (8) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇦🇺 (9) Ashleigh Barty

Caroline Garcia and Ashleigh Barty will go head-to-head for just the second time when they do battle in Zhuhai on Thursday. Barty started her Zhuhai campaign a few days ago with a straight set loss to Aryna Sabalenka whilst Garcia will be in action for the first time this week. Barty’s first-up loss means she is virtually eliminated whilst a win for Garcia will set-up a showdown with Sabalenka for a spot in the semi-finals.

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It was Garcia who emerged victorious in the only previous meeting between the pair, a 6-7 7-6 6-2 victory in the Wuhan final last year. This is an interesting match-up because both players are very versatile and love to move up the court where they are very handy at the net. Both have are solid behind their serve and have strong weapons from the baseline. What gives Garcia the edge is her stronger return of serve and greater firepower from the baseline. Expect Garcia to win in a close one.

Prediction: Caroline Garcia to defeat Ashleigh Barty in 3 sets

Caroline Garcia vs. Johanna Konta, US Open R1 Preview

🇺🇸🗽 US OPEN: R1 Preview
🇫🇷 (6) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇬🇧 Johanna Konta

A blockbuster first round clash in New York sees the 6th seeded Caroline Garcia take on British number 1: Johanna Konta. This is a brutal opening round draw for both, Konta is certainly one of the most dangerous unseeded players in this year’s US Open draw. Konta has had the edge in this match-up of late, winning 3 of the last 4 matches between the pair, but Garcia has generally been the more impressive of the two of late.

Caroline Garcia of France in action during her third-round match at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Caroline Garcia brings decent form into the final Grand Slam of the year. Garcia had a couple of good wins in Montreal and New Haven where she reached the quarter-finals. Garcia is undoubtedly capable of causing a lot of damage at the highest level but she still struggles with inconsistency. Garcia has made it to the third round in the last couple of years in New York and will be aiming to go a couple of steps further in 2018 as the 6th seed.

Johanna Konta will be competing at a Grand Slam event without being seeded for the first time in a while. Perhaps this will be a favourable position for Konta as there is certainly far less pressure on her at the moment. Konta played 4 events in the lead-up to the US Open, her best result was a quarter-final showing in San Jose where she thrashed Serena Williams. Konta arrives in New York fresh from a second round withdrawal in New Haven last week due to a viral illness.

Konta holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Garcia. The pair met on two occasions in 2017, both went the distance. Garcia defeated Konta in a final set tiebreak in Indian Wells whilst most recently Konta won 7-6 4-6 6-4 at Wimbledon.

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Caroline Garcia vs. Aryna Sabalenka, Cincinnati R3 Preview

🇺🇸 Western & Southern Open, Cincinnati R3 Preview
🇫🇷 (6) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇧🇾 Aryna Sabalenka

Caroline Garcia and Aryna Sabalenka will go head-to-head for the first time on Thursday when they meet at the third round stage of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. This looms as an exciting clash between two confident, aggressive, young competitors. Garcia and Sabalenka both enter this clash in great form, it will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out.

Caroline Garcia of France in action during the first round at the 2018 Western & Southern Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Caroline Garcia is starting to build momentum after a disappointing grass court swing. The Frenchwoman arrived in Cincinnati fresh off a quarter-final appearance in Montreal, Garcia defeated Magdalena Rybarikova and Maria Sharapova in Montreal which saw her reach enter the top 5 for the first time. Garcia started her Cincinnati campaign with another notable victory, defeating Victoria Azarenka 6-4 7-5, a gutsy win given Garcia was behind in each set.

Aryna Sabalenka also arrived in Cincinnati on the back of a good week in Montreal. Sabalenka claimed a big 3-set win over Caroline Wozniacki on route to a third round showing in Montreal. Sabalenka came from match point down to beat Wozniacki but lost from match point up against Elise Mertens in the next round. Sabalenka has already claimed 2 huge wins in Cincinnati, coming from a set down to defeat both Johanna Konta and Karolina Pliskova. The Belarusian’s fearless game is seeing her rise and rise up the WTA pecking order and there are no signs of that stopping.

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Simona Halep vs. Caroline Garcia, Montreal QF Preview

🇨🇦 Rogers Cup, Montreal. QF Preview
🇷🇴 (1) Simona Halep vs. 🇫🇷 (6) Caroline Garcia

A blockbuster quarter-final clash in Montreal sees former champion and world number 1 Simona Halep take on the red-hot 6th seeded Caroline Garcia. Halep battled through two matches on Thursday, less than 24 hours later she comes up against Garcia who is fresh from a dominant victory over Maria Sharapova. Halep has generally had the better of this match-up but Garcia will still fancy her chances here.

Simona Halep of Romania celebrates winning her third-round match at the 2018 Coupe Rogers WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Simona Halep started her Montreal campaign with an epic 3 set victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, a 7-6 4-6 7-5 victory in a match that lasted over 3 hours and was played across two days. Halep had to front up again later that night, hours after her win over Pavlyuchenkova. Luckily for Halep it was a very comfortable match, a 6-2 6-2 win over Venus Williams, the American was clearly injured and was an easy kill for Halep.

Caroline Garcia enters this quarter-final clash full of confidence fresh from arguably her best performance of the season thus far. Garcia smashed Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-2 in a near-flawless performance. Garcia’s aggressive return of serve was the highlight of her win over Sharapova as was her devastating play from the baseline, very clean hitting that she maintained without hitting many unforced errors. Prior to that win Garcia came from a set down to defeat Magdalena Rybarikova.

Halep holds a 4-1 head-to-head record over Garcia. Halep has won the last couple of matches between the two, including a 6-2 6-3 win in Rome earlier this year in their most recent match. Garcia’s sole victory over Halep came in last year’s Beijing final, a 6-4 7-6 win for the Frenchwoman.

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Caroline Garcia vs. Maria Sharapova, Montreal R3 Preview

Rogers Cup, Montreal. R3 Preview
🇫🇷 (6) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova

Caroline Garcia and Maria Sharapova will renew hostilities when they meet at the third round stage of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Thursday. It is Sharapova who has generally had the better of this match-up having won the first 4 meetings between the two. However, it was Garcia who beat Sharapova in their most recent meeting earlier this year in Stuttgart. Can the 6th seed make it back-to-back wins over the Russian?

Caroline Garcia of France in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Coupe Rogers WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Caroline Garcia kick-started her Rogers Cup campaign with a hard-fought 4-6 6-1 6-3 win over Magdalena Rybarikova. Garcia was wayward throughout the first set but cut back her unforced error tally in the second and third sets as she took control of the match with her strong court positioning and powerful game. Garcia will face a far more dangerous opponent in the next round against an in-form Sharapova.

Maria Sharapova has been brutal on route to the third round in Montreal. Sharapova started the week with a 6-1 6-2 win over Sesil Karatantcheva before producing one of her better performances in recent times to thrash the 12th seeded Daria Kasatkina 6-0 6-2. Sharapova has not won 3 consecutive matches on a hard court since Shenzhen in the first week on the year, can she change that in Montreal?

Sharapova holds a 4-1 head-to-head record over Garcia, including two comfortable victories in their two previous meetings on a hard court. It was Garcia who won the their most recent match, a 3-6 7-6 6-4 win on clay in Stuttgart earlier this year. Expect another close match between two confident players when they meet in Montreal on Thursday.

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Caroline Garcia vs. Magdalena Rybarikova, Montreal R2 Preview

🇨🇦 Rogers Cup, Montreal R2 Preview
🇫🇷 (6) Caroline Garcia vs. 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova

The 6th seeded Caroline Garcia begins her Rogers Cup campaign on Tuesday with a second round clash against Magdalena Rybarikova. Garcia received a bye through the first round whilst Rybarikova came from a set and a break down to defeat Barbora Strycova. This should be an entertaining clash between two versatile players.

Caroline Garcia of France talks to the media at the 2018 Coupe Rogers WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Caroline Garcia will be back on court for the first time since a disappointing opening round loss at Wimbledon at the hands of Belinda Bencic. It has been over a month since that straight set loss at Wimbledon, so it is tough to know what to expect from Garcia in Montreal. What is for sure is Garcia will have the crowd on her side in Montreal, as is always the case with the French players.

Magdalena Rybarikova made an impressive start to her U.S hard court swing, fighting from the brink of defeat to defeat Barbora Strycova 3-6 7-6 6-2. Rybarikova looked destined for defeat throughout the second set, Strycova served for the match at 5-4 and had several leads in the tiebreak, however Rybarikova was much more composed and ultimately ran over the top of a Strycova.

Caroline Garcia holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Rybarikova. The most recent match between the pair took place in New Haven in 2015, Garcia claimed a 7-6 6-4 victory.

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Caroline Garcia vs. Angelique Kerber, Roland Garros R4 Preview

🇫🇷 Roland Garros, R4 Preview
🇫🇷 (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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