Caroline Wozniacki vs. Elina Svitolina, Singapore RR Preview

WTA Finals Singapore, White Group match preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇺🇦 (6) Elina Svitolina

The final match from the white group will see defending champion Caroline Wozniacki take on a red-hot Elina Svitolina in what looms as a blockbuster match. This match will be critical in deciding who advances to the semi-finals in the white group. Svitolina is in prime position after winning her few matches but she is not guaranteed a position in the semi-finals. Wozniacki must win this match to have a chance of qualifying but may need to win in straight sets depending on the previous result.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action during her second match at the 2018 WTA Finals tennis tournament

Caroline Wozniacki started her title defense in Singapore with a disappointing straight set loss to Karolina Pliskova. Wozniacki rebounded strongly as she defeated Petra Kvitova in 3 sets. Wozniacki’s willingness to be a bit more aggressive in the important moments was part of why she got over the line against Kvitova and she will need to be very aggressive if she is to beat Svitolina on Thursday, an opponent she has struggled against in the past.

Elina Svitolina has been the most impressive player of the tournament thus far. Svitolina started her Singapore campaign with a straight set win over Petra Kvitova and continued her strong form in the next match where she defeated Karolina Pliskova in 3 sets. The second half of the season has been disappointing for Svitolina but she can finish the season off on a high in Singapore. Svitolina’s level over the first few matches this week is arguably the best she has played since Rome earlier this year.

Svitolina holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Wozniacki. Svitolina won the first 3 matches between the pair including 2 commanding straight set wins in a pair of finals in Dubai and Toronto last year. The most recent match between the pair was in Singapore last year where Wozniacki won 6-2 6-0 against a wayward Svitolina.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Petra Kvitova, Singapore RR Preview

WTA Finals Singapore, White Group match preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇨🇿 (4) Petra Kvitova

Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova both suffered first-up defeats in Singapore and will enter this match desperate for victory to maintain a realistic hope of progressing to the semi-finals. Wozniacki and Kvitova are both former champions at this event but both made poor starts on Sunday with straight set defeats thanks to uncharacteristically poor performances. Who will rebound with a victory here?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in acton during her first match at the 2018 WTA Finals tennis tournament

Caroline Wozniacki arrived in Singapore on a high after winning the China Open in her most recent event. However, Wozniacki made a very disappointing start to her title defense at the WTA Finals, the Dane was comprehensively beaten by Karolina Pliskova 2-6 4-6. Wozniacki’s inability to take her chances was key to her loss, Wozniacki had 10 chances to break the Pliskova serve but did not take any of them.

Petra Kvitova’s sluggish start in Singapore was less surprising. Kvitova entered the tournament on the back of several early exits and has reportedly been struggling with illness during the Asian swing. Kvitova came up against a fired-up Elina Svitolina and was unable to consistently produce a high enough level to hit through the rock-solid Ukrainian, succumbing 3-6 3-6. Kvitova is the type of player that can never be dismissed, don’t rule out a drastic form reversal in her next match.

Kvitova enters this match with a 8-5 head-to-head record over Wozniacki. Kvitova has won the last 4 meetings between the pair dating back to 2015. The most recent match between the pair took place at the semi-final stage in Doha earlier this year, Kvitova won that match 3-6 7-6 7-5 on route to winning the title.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Karolina Pliskova, Singapore RR Preview

WTA Finals Singapore, White Group match preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇨🇿 (7) Karolina Pliskova

Caroline Wozniacki begins her title defense in Singapore on Sunday with a clash against Karolina Pliskova in the white group. Wozniacki claimed the biggest title of the career at the time when she won the WTA finals for the first time 12 months ago and will hope to end the most memorable season of her career on a similar high in 2018. Wozniacki has a strong record over Pliskova and enters this match as a clear favourite but can she get the job done?

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action during the final of the 2018 China Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Wozniacki has not been in the greatest of form for the majority of 2018 but enters the WTA Finals on a high having won the China Open a few weeks ago. The defending champion has thrived in Singapore where the conditions are seemingly perfect for her game. Wozniacki has competed in Singapore twice, she won the event last year whilst in 2014 she claimed 3 big wins before succumbing to Serena Williams in a third set tiebreak at the semi-final stage. The fairly slow, low bouncing courts in Singapore are the perfect conditions for the Dane, she will hope to use that to her advantage as she seeks another big title.

Karolina Pliskova just scrapped into this year’s WTA finals. Pliskova ventured to Moscow last week in an attempt to secure one of 3 remaining spots in Singapore, a first-up loss to Vera Zvonareva in straight sets meant that her destiny was in the hands of other results. Luckily for Pliskova results and withdrawals went her way, Pliskova will make a third consecutive appearance in Singapore. Pliskova’s recent form has been fairly strong during the Asian swing, highlighted by the title in Tokyo and recently reaching the final in Tianjin.

Wozniacki heads into this clash with a 6-3 head-to-head record over Pliskova. The most recent match between the pair took place in Singapore 12 months ago, Wozniacki won 7-6 6-3. Pliskova has had some success in this match-up of late, the pair have split their last 6 matches with 3 wins apiece.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Samantha Stosur, US Open R1 Preview

🇺🇸🗽 US OPEN: R1 Preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

A tough opening round clash at Flushing Meadows sees two former Grand Slam champions go head-to-head as the second seeded Caroline Wozniacki takes on former champion Sam Stosur. Wozniacki and Stosur have both struggled to gain any momentum over the last couple of weeks but both have greater memories in New York. There is a big gap between the two in the rankings but Stosur has a winning record against Wozniacki on hard courts and will fancy her chances of an upset here.

Caroline Wozniacki of Demark during practice at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Wozniacki’s season hasn’t been great ever since she finally claimed a maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne to start the year. Wozniacki hasn’t won a match in over 2 months. The Dane suffered an early loss at Wimbledon at the hands of Ekaterina Makarova and suffered first-up losses in Montreal and Cincinnati. Wozniacki lost to Sabalenka from match-up point up in Montreal and lost to Bertens in Cincinnati. Wozniacki has been struggling with niggling injuries of late and was forced to retire after just 1 set in Cincinnati due to a knee injury.

Sam Stosur fell at the first hurdle in qualifying in both Montreal and Cincinnati, very disappointing results for the Aussie. Stosur had a better week in New Haven, getting through the first couple of matches in the qualifying draw where she was beaten by Camila Giorgi in straight sets. Stosur received a lucky-loser spot in the main draw where she was beaten by Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets.

Wozniacki holds a 7-5 head-to-head record over Stosur. Wozniacki has won the last 3 completed matches between the two, most recently Wozniacki won 6-3 6-2 in Wuhan in 2016. Interestingly, Stosur holds a 4-2 record over Wozniacki on hard courts.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Aryna Sabalenka, Eastbourne Final Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley International, Eastbourne Final Preview
🇩🇰 (1) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇧🇾 Aryna Sabalenka

The 2018 Nature Valley International champion will be crowned on Saturday when Caroline Wozniacki and Aryna Sabalenka go head-to-head in a fascinating final in Eastbourne. The top seeded Wozniacki will be playing for her 29th career title whilst Sabalenka will be looking to claim her very first WTA tour level title. This will be the first career meeting between the pair, a match-up that will feature a huge contrast in styles. Arguably the best defensive player the game has seen over the last decade up against the extremely power, rising star from Belarus.

Aryna Sabalenka of Belarus in action during the semifinal of the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Wozniacki is into her first final since winning a maiden Grand Slam title at the Australian Open earlier this year. Wozniacki earned her spot in Saturday’s final with an extremely hard-fought 2-6 7-6 6-4 win over Angelique Kerber. The Dane saved match point in the second set as Kerber served for the match at 6-5 and always seemed destined to win after that moment in what was a very high quality match. Prior to that win Wozniacki defeated Camila Giorgi (6-2 6-3), Johanna Konta (4-6 6-1 6-4) and Ashleigh Barty (6-4 6-3).

Sabalenka has had the best week of her career thus far in Eastbourne and as a result she will rise to a career high ranking of at 32 in the world. Sabalenka has done things the hard way, winning all 5 of her matches this week in 3 sets. Sabalenka started the week with wins from a set down against Sachia Vickery and Julia Goerges before securing back-to- back wins via a third set tiebreak against Elise Mertens and Karolina Pliskova. Sabalenka booked her spot in a maiden premier level final with an extremely impressive 6-3 1-6 6-3 win over Agnieszka Radwanska. Sabalenka trailed 3-2 40-0 in the deciding set before cantering to the finish line with a blistering display of power tennis, Radwanska could do nothing to stop her.

There is no doubt that Sabalenka’s best tennis is good enough to make this a very competitive final. However, it has been a long week for the Belarusian and she is in unprecedented territory, can Sabalenka produce one last superb performance to claim the title in Eastbourne?

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Angelique Kerber, Eastbourne SF Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley International, Eastbourne SF Preview
🇩🇰 (1) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇩🇪 (4) Angelique Kerber

Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber will renew hostilities when they meet in Friday’s second semi-final at the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. This is typically one of the more even match-ups on tour, there is little to separate these two, both have very similar strengths and similar weaknesses. Expect a close one here, both are in great form this week and will give little away cheaply.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action during her third round match at the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Wozniacki has navigated her way through a tough draw to reach the semi-final stage in Eastbourne. The Dane started the week with a fairly comfortable straight set win over Camila Giorgi in what seemed like a danger-game on paper. The top seed faced her biggest test at the third round stage where she came from a set down to defeat Britain’s Johanna Konta, a 4-6 6-1 6-4 victory. Wozniacki secured her spot in the final 4 with a fairly straightforward 6-4 6-3 win over Ashleigh Barty. Overall it has been a good week for Wozniacki thus far, all 3 of her previous opponents posed a serious threat heading into the match.

Kerber’s pathway to the final 4 has not been quite as tough, but it hasn’t been easy. The German started the event with an impressive 6-3 6-3 victory over Dominika Cibulkova. The German then went on to thrash Danielle Collins, claiming a 6-1 6-1 victory in under an hour. It was at the quarter-final stage where Kerber received her biggest test, the German stood up to the challenge to secure a 6-1 6-7 7-6 victory over Daria Kasatkina, an opponent that has troubled the German in recent times. Kerber looked set for another disappointing loss to Kasatkina when she trailed 2-4 15-40* in the third set. However, it was good to see Kerber raise her intensity and will herself to victory.

These two have a long history. It is Kerber who holds a slender advantage over the Dane, an 8-6 H2H record for the German. The most recent match between the pair took place earlier this year in Doha, Wozniacki claimed a hard-fought 7-6 1-6 6-3 victory. The pair have only previously played once on grass, ending in a 3-6 7-6 6-3 victory for Kerber in Eastbourne in 2014, coincidentally at the semi-final stage.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Ashleigh Barty, Eastbourne QF Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley International, Eastbourne QF Preview
🇩🇰 (1) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇦🇺 (8) Ashleigh Barty

A fascinating quarter-final match-up in Eastbourne on Thursday sees the top seeded Caroline Wozniacki takes on the eighth seeded Ashleigh Barty. This looms as a big test for Wozniacki, Barty has proven that she is one of the best players on tour on a grass court, Wozniacki will need to be at her best to navigate her way through to the semi-finals at the Nature Valley International.

Ashleigh Barty of Australia in action during her third round match at the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Wozniacki overcame a stern challenge from Johanna Konta to advance to the quarter-finals in Eastbourne. The Dane battled to a 4-6 6-1 6-4 win over Konta, a confidence boosting win for Wozniacki in her first tournament on grass in 2018. Wozniacki claimed a comfortable 6-2 6-3 win over Camila Giorgi in her other match this week.

Barty has cruised into the quarter-finals in Eastbourne. The Aussie number 1 has been relatively untroubled, claiming comfortable straight set wins over Kristina Mladenovic (6-3 6-2) and Su-Wei Hsieh (6-2 6-4). Barty’s record on grass in 2018 is now 10-1, her all-court game is perfect for this surface.

Wozniacki holds a 2-0 H2H record over Barty. The pair most recently met in Madrid where Wozniacki won 6-2 4-6 6-4, Barty was in a winning position in the final set but couldn’t get over the line.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Johanna Konta, Eastbourne R3 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R3 Preview
🇩🇰 (1) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇬🇧 (13) Johanna Konta

The pick of the third round matches at the Nature Valley Intentional in Eastbourne on Wednesday sees the top seeded Caroline Wozniacki take on the 13th seed and British number 1: Johanna Konta. The Britt comfortably defeated Wozniacki in their only two previous encounters. However, the reigning Australian Open champion will fancy her chances of a maiden win over Konta, it is Wozniacki who has generally been in far better form in 2018.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action at the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Wozniacki was the runner-up in Eastbourne 12 months ago, she will be hoping to go one step further in 2018. The top seed is starting her grass court campaign this week in Eastbourne, the 27-year-old made a decent start to the tournament with a commanding 6-2 6-3 win over the potentially-dangerous Camila Giorgi.

Johanna Konta has already played quite a bit of tennis on grass over the last few weeks. Konta started her grass court campaign a few weeks ago where she was beaten in the final by Ash Barty in 3 sets. Konta received a brutal draw in Birmingham, beaten by eventual champion: Petra Kvitova in the first round. Konta is defending semi-finalist points at Wimbledon so the pressure is really starting to mount on the Britt.

Konta holds a 2-0 H2H record over Wozniacki. Konta easily disposed of Wozniacki in their two prior matches, both in 2017, a 6-3 6-1 win at the Australian Open and a 6-4 6-3 win in Miami. Wozniacki is a different player now and will be keen to show that in this match-up.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Pauline Parmentier, Roland Garros R3 Preview

🇫🇷 Roland Garros, R3 Preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇫🇷 Pauline Parmentier

Caroline Wozniacki and Pauline Parmentier will renew hostilities when they meet at the third round stage at Roland Garros on Friday. Wozniacki has once again benefited from a very favourable draw and has cruised through her first few matches in Paris, conversely Parmentier has battled from a set down against fellow Frenchwomen to reach the third round at her home slam for the third time. Can the Frenchwoman cause a big upset in front of the vocal Parisian crowd?

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Roland Garros has historically been Wozniacki’s least successful slam, the Dane has reached the second week in Paris on just 2 previous occasions but will be a strong favourite to make that three times when she takes on Parmentier. Wozniacki has been typically solid in her first few matches in Paris, beating Danielle Collins 7-6 6-1 and Georgina Garcia Perez 6-0 6-1. Wozniacki has certainly fallen into a favourable section in the draw and she rarely slips up in these circumstances.

Pauline Parmentier is in great form at the moment. It was a few months ago where Parmentier claimed her first title in almost 10 years as she won the Istanbul Cup. Parmentier is now into the third round Paris for the third time after back-to-back 3 set wins. The 32-year-old started the week with a 3-6 7-6 6-2 win over Chloe Paquet followed by a courageous 6-7 6-4 6-2 win over Alize Cornet. Parmentier will enter her third round match with Wozniacki having nothing to lose but a lot to gain, a potentially dangerous combination.

Wozniacki won all 3 of the completed matches between the pair, most recently Parmentier did push the Dane to 3 sets in Bastad last year. The pair did play in Istanbul earlier this year where the scores were level at a set apiece before Wozniacki retired injured.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kiki Bertens, Madrid R3 Preview

Mutua Madrid Open, R3 Preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇳🇱 Kiki Bertens

Kiki Bertens will be looking for a first career victory over Caroline Wozniacki when the pair meet at the third round stage of the Mutua Madrid Open on Wednesday. Wozniacki holds a perfect 3-0 record over Bertens but this will be their first career meeting on a clay court, Bertens preferred surface and Wozniacki’s least preferred surface. Can Bertens use her clay court craft to claim an upset win?

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Bertens has cruised past two decent opponents to reach the third round in Madrid. Bertens started the week with a 6-4 6-4 win over Maria Sakkari before beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 6-4, two good wins over solid opponents that don’t give much away for free.

Caroline Wozniacki cruised past Daria Gavrilova in the opening round, winning 6-3 6-1 but was forced to work extremely hard for a 6-2 4-6 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty. Wozniacki was on the verge of defeat in the third set when she trailed 2-4 30-40 but it was Wozniacki who remained tough under pressure to win the last 4 games of the match.

Wozniacki has won all three of the previous matches between the pair in straight sets. The most recent match between the pair took place at the Australian Open earlier this year where the Dane won 6-4 6-3.

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