Caroline Wozniacki vs Daria Kasatkina, Indian Wells R4 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells R4 Preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. 🇷🇺 (20) Daria Kasatkina

Caroline Wozniacki and Daria Kasatkina will renew hostilities when they meet at the fourth round stage of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday evening. Wozniacki has obviously been one of the top performers in 2018 and will head into this match as the favourite. However, Kasatkina is also in great form and beat Wozniacki last month in St. Petersburg in straight sets.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Caroline Wozniacki laboured into the fourth round on Monday. Wozniacki was forced to work surprisingly hard to get past Aliaksandra Sasnovich, the second seed eventually claimed a hard-fought 6-4 2-6 6-3 victory over the Belarussian. Prior to Wozniacki’s third round win she defeated Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 6-1 after she had received a bye through the opening round. Wozniacki commented after her win over Sasnovich that she finds the Indian Wells surface very challenging because it is so slow and high bouncing, not the ideal conditions for the Dane who can be exposed on a surface like this.

Kasatkina is a player that certainly benefits from the unique conditions in Indian Wells. Kasatkina started the event with a straight set win over Katerina Siniakova before claiming an impressive 6-4 6-3 over Sloane Stephens. Kasatkina has the type of game that is benefited by the slow, high bouncing courts in Indian Wells. Those who play with heavy topspin are at an advantage on this surface, the Kasatkina forehand is a very heavy shot and was very effective in her victory over Sloane Stephens.

The head-to-head record between Wozniacki and Kasatkina is split at 1 win apiece. Wozniacki defeated Kasatkina 6-2 7-5 last year in Doha whilst more recently it was Kasatkina who claimed a 7-6 6-3 win at the quarter-final stage in St. Petersburg last month, can Kasatkina replicate that result and send the second seed packing?

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Simona Halep vs Caroline Wozniacki, Australian Open Final Preview

Australian Open, 🇦🇺🏆 Final Preview
🇷🇴 (1) Simona Halep vs 🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki

A blockbuster championship battle will take place on Saturday night as world number 1 Simona Halep takes on world number 2 Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open final. This is huge! Both ladies are playing to win an eagerly awaited maiden Grand Slam title, the winner will also secure the world number 1 ranking. Halep and Wozniacki have both come through great adversity to reach their first Australian Open finals, both have saved multiple match points on route to this stage. Halep and Wozniacki are the two greatest players in the game to have never won a Grand Slam title, both will be competing in their third Grand Slam final, for one of them it will be third time lucky.

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Simona Halep is having a career defining couple of weeks at Melbourne Park. Halep has had to overcome so much pain to get through to her first Australian Open final. The world number 1 severely rolled her ankle in her opening round victory before surviving an almost 4 hour epic that went to 15-13 in the final set against Lauren Davis. Since that troublesome match with Davis, Halep has been in imperious form. Halep crushed Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova in straight sets to set up an epic semi-final with Angelique Kerber.

Halep outlasted Kerber 6-3 4-6 9-7 in what was the greatest match of the tournament thus far. Halep ended the match with a whopping 50 winners, an outstanding number against the best defender on tour. Halep failed to convert at couple of match points at 4-5 in the third set before saving a pair of match points at 5-6. The final set featured several scintillating rallies as both players gave their absolute all on court. In the end, it was Halep who outlasted Kerber, perhaps the best win of Halep’s career.

Caroline Wozniacki has also had to overcome her fair share of adversity on route to her first Australian Open final. Wozniacki came from 1-5 15-40 down in the final set of her second round match with Jana Fett, a second chance in the tournament for Wozniacki. The Dane has made the most of her second life, claiming a couple of straight set wins over Kiki Bertens and Magdalena Rybarikova before beating Carla Suarez Navarro in 3 sets to set up a semi-final with Elise Mertens. Apart from a shaky ending to the match, Wozniacki easily accounted for Elise Mertens, winning 6-3 7-6.

It is Wozniacki who has generally had the better of Halep in this match-up, Wozniacki holds a 4-2 record over the Romanian and has won the last 3 meetings between the pair. The most recent match between the two took place in Singapore last year, Wozniacki easily accounted for Halep, winning 6-0 6-2.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Elise Mertens, Australian Open SF Preview

Australian Open, 🇦🇺 Semi-Final Preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs 🇧🇪 Elise Mertens

Caroline Wozniacki and Elise Mertens will meet in the first semi-final of the day on Thursday at Melbourne Park. Wozniacki is now one step away from reaching her first Australian Open final, her third Grand Slam final overall and is two steps away from finally claiming a maiden Grand Slam title. In Wozniacki’s way is an in form Elise Mertens who will be competing in her first Grand Slam semi-final in what is her first ever appearance in the main draw at Melbourne Park. Whilst on paper this may look like an easy match-up for Wozniacki, Mertens is playing the best tennis of her life at the moment, if the Belgian can carry her quarter-final form into this match she will be a huge threat to the Dane.

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Caroline Wozniacki has never had a greater opportunity to win her first Grand Slam title. The Dane has improved her game in all area’s and may finally be ready to step up and make the most of this opportunity. Wozniacki received a second life in the tournament in the second round where she saved match point and came from 1-5 down in the deciding set to beat Jana Fett. Since that match, Wozniacki has been much improved. The world number 2 defeated Kiki Bertens and Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets before confirming her spot in the semi-finals with a 6-0 6-7 6-2 win over Carla Suarez Navarro.

Elise Mertens is riding a huge way of momentum, the Belgian has now won 10 matches in a row having arrived in Melbourne fresh off a title run in Hobart. Mertens has stormed into her first Grand Slam semi-final without dropping a set at Melbourne Park. Mertens strolled through to the second week of a Grand Slam for the first time with straight set wins over Viktoria Kuzmova, Daria Gavrilova and Alize Cornet. In the fourth round Mertens came through a nervy clash against Petra Martic before producing her best performance of the tournament thus far to thrash Elina Svitolina 6-4 6-0 in what was the best match the Belgian has played in her career. Mertens executed an ultra-aggressive game against Svitolina, playing a huge percentage of point inside the baseline, consistently punishing Svitolina with her powerful, dynamic game.

It was Wozniacki who won the only previous match between the pair, a hard-fought 7-5 4-6 6-2 victory on clay in Bastad last year. That match showed that Mertens does have the game to really challenge Wozniacki, if Mertens can bring her best tennis to Thursday’s semi-final match in Melbourne she may well cause another big upset.

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.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Kiki Bertens, Australian Open R3 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R3 Preview
🇩🇰 (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs 🇳🇱 (30) Kiki Bertens

Caroline Wozniacki survived an almighty scare in the second round to keep her hopes of capturing a maiden Grand Slam title alive in Melbourne. Wozniacki came from 1-5 15-40 down against Jana Fett in the deciding set, winning 6 consecutive games as her inexperienced opponent crumbled under pressure. Wozniacki will be back in action on Friday against Kiki Bertens where a spot in the 4th round is up for grabs. Wozniacki will be aiming for a far more straightforward victory on this occasion.

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Caroline Wozniacki can consider herself very lucky to still be in the tournament. The 2nd seed looked destined for an early exit with Jana Fett serving at 5-1 40-15 in the deciding set of their second round match. However, Fett’s level quickly deteriorated with the finish line within touching distance. Wozniacki was experienced enough to make the most of the situation as she fought her way to a 3-6 6-2 7-5 win over Fett. The concern for Wozniacki was that Fett was all over her and really should have won that match, not a great sign for Wozniacki. It will be interesting to see if Wozniacki can make the most of her second chance in the tournament.

Kiki Bertens arrived in Melbourne in poor form but has done well to reach the 3rd round at Melbourne Park for the first time in her career. Bertens started the week with a very impressive win over Catherine Bellis, a 6-7 6-4 6-2 win over a very tough opponent. In the second round, Bertens beat Nicole Gibbs 7-6 6-0, another good win over a solid opponent. Bertens will need to raise her level even further if she is to get past Wozniacki in the next round.

Wozniacki has won both of the previous matches between the pair. The only recent match between the pair was last year in Doha where Wozniacki won 6-3 6-2.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Mihaela Buzarnescu, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R1 Preview
(2) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki vs 🇷🇴 Mihaela Buzarnescu

Caroline Wozniacki begins her quest for a maiden Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park with an opening round clash against in-form Romanian Mihaela Buzarnescu. Wozniacki seemingly enters 2018 in the best shape of her career, the Dane has made many improvements to her game and arguably has her best chance to win a Grand Slam in 2018. Mihaela Buzarnescu will be competing in her first main draw match in Melbourne fresh off reaching her first WTA final in Hobart a few days ago. Can the in-form Buzarnescu cause the first big upset of the tournament?

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Caroline Wozniacki reached the final at the ASB Classic in her first event in 2018. Wozniacki played good tennis throughout the week but was no match for red-hot Julia Goerges in the final where she was beaten in straight sets. The loss to Goerges exposed Wozniacki’s greatest weakness, an inability to deal with a red-hot powerful opponent. Wozniacki will hope she dos not run into a similar threat at Melbourne Park or she could be in trouble.

Mihaela Buzarnescu is in the form of her career. At the age of 29, Buzarnescu is into the top 50 for the first time after reaching her first WTA tour level final in Hobart last week. Buzarnescu reached the final in Hobart without dropping a set, claiming notable wins over Alize Cornet, Alison Riske and Lesia Tsurenko. Buzarnescu pushed Mertens all the way to a third set in the final but just fell short in what was a fairly high quality, rain interrupted final. Buzarnescu will have just one day in Melbourne before the first Grand Slam of the year begins on Monday.

The only previous match between the pair took place at the U.S Open last year. Wozniacki claimed a 6-1 7-5 victory in what was Buzarnescu’s first ever main draw match at a Grand Slam event.

Caroline Wozniacki vs Julia Goerges, Auckland Final Preview

ASB Classic, Auckland Final Preview
(1) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki vs (2) 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges

Two former finalists will go head-to-head in Sunday’s final at the ASB Classic in Auckland. It will be the ultimate final between the two top seeds: Caroline Wozniacki and Julia Goerges. Wozniacki and Goerges have been regulars in Auckland over the years, both will be desperate to finally lift the title and start the year on the ultimate high. Both enter this match in supreme form, Goerges is on a 13-match winning streak having ended 2017 with successive titles, whilst Wozniacki ended 2017 as the Singapore champion and has for the most part carried that form to Auckland.

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Caroline Wozniacki started her Auckland campaign in supreme form, claiming dominant straight set wins over Madison Brengle and Petra Martic. However, after a few day of rain delays, Wozniacki struggled in her quarter-final match, pushed all the way by world number 108, Sofia Kenin. Wozniacki ultimately defeated the American 4-6 6-2 6-4 before booking her spot in Sunday’s final with a 6-4 6-4 win over Sachia Vickery. Wozniacki was forced to play two matches on Saturday after the multiple rain delays.

Julia Goerges also played two matches on Saturday to reach Sunday’s final. Goerges raced through her two matches, beating Polona Hercog 6-4 6-4 and Su-Wei Hsieh 6-1 6-4. Goerges first match in Auckland has been her toughest of the week to date, a three set win over Monica Puig. Incredibly, Goerges is into her third consecutive final having won back-to-back titles in Moscow and Zhuhai to end 2017, an outstanding turn of events for a player that has been known for her wild inconsistency and unreliability.

These two have built up quite the rivalry over the years. It is Goerges who holds the slight edge in the head-to-head record, a 5-4 record. Wozniacki has often struggled in this match-up, when Goerges is on, her power has usually been too much for Wozniacki to handle. Goerges has won their two most recent matches, including a 1-6 6-3 6-4 win in Auckland last year.

Venus Williams vs Caroline Wozniacki, WTA Finals Singapore Final Preview

WTA Finals, 🏆🇸🇬🦁🐉🏨 Singapore Match Preview + Prediction
Championship match: (5) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams vs (6) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki

A blockbuster final is set for the BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore when Venus Williams comes up against Caroline Wozniacki on Sunday evening. This is a huge match for both ladies, both have continuously come up short at the later stages of major tournaments in 2017, both will be desperate to reverse that trend and end their season on the ultimate high.

The head-to-head record between these two really stands out heading into Sunday’s final. Outstandingly, Venus holds a 7-0 head-to-head record over Wozniacki. The Dane has only ever won 1 set over the American. The pair have not gone head-to-head in over 2 and a half years. An improved Wozniacki, on a slow hard court will fancy her chances in this final despite her poor record against Venus.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Caroline Wozniacki, WTA Finals Singapore SF Preview

WTA Finals, 🏆🇸🇬🦁🐉🏨 Singapore Match Preview + Prediction
Semi-Final #1: (3) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs (6) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki

The first semi-final of the 2017 WTA Finals Singapore will be a blockbuster encounter between Karolina Pliskova and Caroline Wozniacki. Pliskova and Wozniacki have had a similar passage to the final four, both cruised through their opening matches in Singapore to confirm their spot in the semi-finals before being defeated in their final group matches.

Pliskova and Wozniacki are familiar foes, having played 8 times, all reasonably recently. It is Wozniacki who holds a 5-3 head-to-head record over Pliskova. However, Pliskova has won 3 of their 5 matches in 2017 and comfortably defeated the Dane in straight sets in their most recent clash in Cincinnati a few months ago.

This looms as an exciting contest between two players with very contrasting games. Who will emerge victorious and became the first finalist in Singapore?

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Dominant Dane: Wozniacki on Fire in Singapore

Caroline Wozniacki is looming as the player to beat in Singapore after cruising through her first couple of matches at the 2017 WTA Finals. Wozniacki has dropped a total of 4 games in a pair of comprehensive victories over Elina Svitolina and Simona Halep.

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