Catherine Bellis vs Agnieszka Radwanska, Sydney R2 Preview

Sydney International 🇦🇺🦈 R2 Preview
(Q) 🇺🇸 Catherine Bellis vs 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska

Aga Radwanska came through the toughest opening round match-up in Sydney, winning the rematch of last years final, a 6-3 7-5 win over Johanna Konta. Radwanska will face another tough test in the second round where she comes up against American qualifier Catherine Bellis. It was Bellis who won the only previous meeting between the pair in Dubai last year.

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Bellis has already won 4 tough matches this week in Sydney having come through the qualifying draw. Bellis started the week with wins over 3 decent opponents in the qualifying: Brady, Kuccova and Alexandrova. Bellis looked down and out against Alexandrova but fought back from a set down to win. In the main draw, Bellis claimed a good first round win, beating Magdalena Rybarikova 7-6 6-0.

Radwanska was seemingly dealt a brutal draw in Sydney but the Pole navigated her way through her opening round match with Johanna Konta quite well, winning in straight sets. Radwanska was in control for the majority of the match as she again troubled Konta with her consistency and anticipation.

Radwanska will enter this match keen for revenge after she was shocked by the teenager in Dubai last year.

Karolina Pliskova vs Catherine Bellis, Brisbane R2 Preview

Brisbane International, R2 Preview
(2) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs 🇺🇸 Catherine Bellis

Karolina Pliskova will begin her 2018 campaign on Wednesday at the Brisbane International. The 2017 champion will be looking to make another strong start to the season in 2018. The world number 4 should have a decent test of her level from the get go as she takes on Catherine Bellis.

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Karolina Pliskova is the defending champion at the Brisbane International. The Czech made a fast start to 2017, highlighted by her title run at the Brisbane International. Pliskova exceled on hard courts in 2017, winning 39 matches on hard courts, 2nd of all players. Pliskova also had the 2nd highest hard court winning percentage, a 39/12 W/L record on the surface. The quick hard courts in Brisbane are the perfect surface for the big-serving Czech.

Catherine Bellis set up a second round meeting with the defending champion courtesy of a 6-2 7-5 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko. Bellis is one player to keep an eye on in 2018, At number 60 in the world, Bellis will look to cement her spot well inside the top 50 in 2018 and push into the top 30. Bellis is very experienced for an 18-year-old, after a full year on the main tour in 2017, Bellis is poised to rise in 2018.

This will be the first career meeting between Pliskova and Bellis. It will be interesting to see if the young American can push the defending champion in the world number 4’s first match of the year.

Catherine Bellis vs Caroline Garcia, Toronto R3 Preview

Rogers Cup, 🇨🇦🍁🏒 R3 Match Preview + Prediction
🇺🇸 Catherine Bellis vs 🇫🇷 Caroline Garcia

An interesting third round match-up at the Rogers Cup on Thursday sees two in-form players on the rise go head-to-head as Catherine Bellis takes on Caroline Garcia. Bellis and Garcia both came through tough opening round matches, Bellis came from a set down against Julia Goerges, whilst Garcia was pushed to a third set by Sorana Cirstea. Both players were more commanding in the second round, Bellis beat Kuznetsova 6-4 7-5, whilst Garcia beat Lepchenko 6-1 6-4. Thursday’s match looms as a good opportunity for both, it will be interesting to see who steps up and makes the most of this chance.

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Petra Kvitova vs Catherine Bellis, Stanford QF Preview

#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford QF Preview + Prediction
(2/wc) 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova vs (8) 🇺🇸 Catherine Bellis

The fourth and final quarter-final of the day at the Bank of the West Classic sees a resurgent Petra Kvitova come up against American, rising star: Catherine Bellis. Kvitova and Bellis both claimed straight set wins on Thursday and will each enter Friday’s quarter-final with a point to prove. It would be a significant achievement for Bellis if she were to defeat a player on Kvitova’s calibre at this stage of her career whilst every match is important for Kvitova at this stage of her comeback in the lead up to the final Grand Slam of the year.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action during her second round match at the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Catherine Bellis, Dubai R3 Preview

🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, R3 Preview:
🇵🇱 (4) Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇺🇸 Catherine Bellis

2012 Dubai Duty Free Champion Agnieszka Radwanska will continue her 2017 Dubai campaign on Wednesday evening when she comes up against young American Catherine Bellis at the third round stage. Radwanska is a clear favourite heading into this match, arguably the biggest challenge for Bellis in her young career. Radwanska hasn’t made an ideal start to 2017, a deep run in Dubai and challenging for the title would be highly beneficial as the Pole looks to climb back into the top 5.

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Yulia Putintseva vs Catherine Bellis, Dubai R1 Preview

🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, R1 Preview:
🇰🇿 (17) Yulia Putintseva vs 🇺🇸 Catherine Bellis

An intriguing first round encounter at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships on Monday sees the seventeenth seeded Yulia Putintseva come up against Catherine Bellis. Putintseva has made a brilliant start to the season and recently reached her career high ranking of 27 on the back of reaching her first final at the premier level St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy. This will be the first time Putintseva has been seeded at a premier 5 level event, Catherine Bellis is likely to pose a few threats for the Kazakh given the American has winning momentum on her side.

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