Jelena Ostapenko vs. Daria Gavrilova, Wuhan R1 Preview

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🇱🇻 (10) Jelena Ostapenko vs. 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova

A first round match-up in Wuhan which features a huge contrast in styles sees the 10th seeded Jelena Ostapenko take on Daria Gavrilova. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that this will be the first career meeting between the pair. Will attack of defence prevail?

Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in action during her third-round match at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Jelena Ostapenko and Daria Gavrilova have both been in fairly disappointing form of late, both had poor results during the North American hard court swing and both suffered early exits last week. Ostapenko was beaten at the second round stage in her title defense in Seoul, smashed by Ekaterina Alexandrova in straight sets. Gavrilova played a couple of marathon matches against the Pliskova sisters in Tokyo, Gavrilova let several leads slip on route to a three 3 set loss to Karolina Pliskova.

This should be an entertaining match between two totally different players. Ostapenko has the firepower whilst Gavrilova has the defensive prowess. Gavrilova will make life hard for Ostapenko if she is off her game but if the Latvian fires she should be too strong.

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Daria Gavrilova vs. Zarina Diyas, Wimbledon R1 Preview

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🇦🇺 (26) Daria Gavrilova vs. 🇰🇿 Zarina Diyas

An interesting opening round clash at SW19 sees the 26th seeded Daria Gavrilova take on Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas. On paper this is a very even opening round match-up, Gavrilova looms as one of the one of the most vulnerable seeded players, grass is easily the Aussie’s worst surface, she has frequently been exposed on this surface in the past. Can Diyas pull off the upset?

Daria Gavrilova of Australia in action during the second round at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Gavrilova was dealt a couple of brutal draws in her two events in the lead-up to Wimbledon. Gavrilova was beaten by Petra Kvitova in the second round in Birmingham after a good opening round win against Dominika Cibulkova. Gavrilova lost in brutal fashion in Eastbourne, a 7-5 6-7 0-6 loss to Agnieszka Radwanska in the first round, Gavrilova had match points in the second set before drastically falling away in the decider. Nevertheless, there were good signs for Gavrilova in that match.

Zarina Diyas had a disastrous perpetration for Wimbledon. Diyas only completed 3 games in her first match of the grass court swing before taking a nasty fall and being forced to retire against Sam Stosur in Nottingham. Diyas has dealt with injuries on a consistent basis, it is unclear how she will respond for Wimbledon.

The H2H record between the par is split at 1 win apiece. Both of their previous matches took place in 2016, Diyas defeated Gavrilova in straight sets in Miami, Gavrilova defeated Diyas in 3 sets a few weeks later in Charleston.

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Daria Gavrilova vs. Agnieszka Radwanska, Eastbourne R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R2 Preview
🇦🇺 (15) Daria Gavrilova vs. 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska

Agnieszka Radwanska continues her Eastbourne campaign on Tuesday with a second round clash against the 15th seeded Daria Gavrilova. Radwanska is competing in her first tournament since Istanbul two months ago and made a good start the event with a comfortable straight set win over Timea Babos in the opening round. Gavrilova received a bye in the opening round and will need to quickly find a high level to get past this tough first hurdle at the Nature Valley International.

Agnieszka Radwanska of Poland in action at the 2018 Nature Valley International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Gavrilova started her grass court campaign last week in Birmingham. The Aussie had an okay week, a good opening round win over Dominika Cibulkova in two tight sets followed by a straight set loss to the eventual champion Petra Kvitova, no shame in that loss. However, grass has typically been Gavrilova’s weakest surface, there is little to suggest that will change anytime soon.

Grass has always been Radwanska’s best surface and she took little time to get adjusted in Eastbourne. The Pole easily disposed of Timea Babos in her first match in almost two months, claiming a 6-3 6-1 win over the Hungarian. Radwanska will face a different test against Gavrilova, an opponent she has struggled against in the past.

It was Gavrilova who won the only previous meeting between the pair, a 6-4 6-4 win at the semi-final stage in New Haven last year. Can Radwanska reverse that result on her favourite surface?

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Petra Kvitova vs. Daria Gavrilova, Birmingham R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham R2 Preview
🇨🇿 (4) Petra Kvitova vs. 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova

Petra Kvitova continues her title defense in Birmingham on Thursday with a potentially tricky second round clash against Australia’s Daria Gavrilova. The two-time Wimbledon champion is currently the favourite heading into Wimbledon and will look to build her form/confidence on the grass over the next couple of weeks. Gavrilova looms as a good test for Petra given the Aussie has won their two most recent matches.

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in action at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Kvitova kick-started her title defense in style in Birmingham as she came through a very tough opening round match-up unscathed, a 6-3 6-4 victory over British number 1 Johanna Konta. It was an impressive performance from Kvitova in her first match on grass in 2018, especially considering she was coming up against a battle hardened opponent who reached the finals in Nottingham a few days ago.

Gavrilova advanced to the second round in Birmingham with a hard-fought 6-3 7-6 victory over Dominika Cibulkova. Grass is a surface that Gavrilova has little experience on, a surface that is not really suited to the Aussie’s game. Nevertheless, Gavrilova does have a versatile game and has had success on quick hard courts in the past.

Gavrilova holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Kvitova. Gavrilova has won the two most recent matches between the pair, both in 2016. A 6-4 6-4 win at the Australian Open and a 6-3 6-4 win in Madrid. This will be their first meeting on grass, a surface heavily suits Kvitova.

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Elise Mertens vs. Daria Gavrilova, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇧🇪 (16) Elise Mertens to defeat 🇦🇺 (24) Daria Gavrilova

Elise Mertens and Daria Gavrilova will renew hostilities when they meet at the third round stage at Roland Garros on Saturday. Mertens has proven to be a real nemesis for Gavrilova in recent times, the Belgian has won the last two matches between the pair, both at the Grand Slam level, including a straight set win in Melbourne earlier this year. Gavrilova will be keen for revenge here as both players seek to reach the second week in Paris for the first time.

Elise Mertens of Belgium in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Elise Mertens has not been at her best through her first few matches in Paris, but she still managed to claim two hard-fought wins without a great level of tennis. Mertens started the event with a surprisingly long 6-7 7-6 6-0 win over Varvara Lepchenko. Mertens produced a slightly more consistent performance in the second round to defeat Heather Watson 6-3 6-4 but overall it was another unconvincing performance from the 16th seed. Mertens has made a real habit out of winning tough matches, she doesn’t need to play her best to win the majority of her matches, which is a good thing, but she will need to step it up to stay alive in Paris.

It has been a roller coaster ride to the third round for Daria Gavrilova. The Aussie came from a set and a break down in each of her first two victories in Paris. In the opening round Gavrilova defeated Sorana Cirstea 4-6 7-6 6-3 in a rain interrupted match. Gavrilova’s second round win was even more dramatic, a 5-7 7-5 6-3 win over Bernarda Pera. Gavrilova led 5-2 in the opening set before losing 8 straight games, Pera led 5-2 in the second set before losing 5 straight games, two huge collapses. Gavrilova was too solid in the deciding set, coming from 0-2 down to win quite comfortably. Gavrilova certainly isn’t playing great tennis but one can’t question her determination.

Mertens holds a 2-1 H2H record over Gavrilova. The Belgian has won the last two matches between the pair, a 7-6 1-6 6-4 win at Roland Garros last year and a 7-5 6-3 win at the Australian Open earlier this year. Will Mertens make it 3 in a row over the Aussie?

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Daria Gavrilova vs. Bernarda Pera, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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🇦🇺 (24) Daria Gavrilova vs. 🇺🇸 Bernarda Pera

Daria Gavrilova and Bernarda Pera will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the second round stage in Paris on Thursday. Gavrilova and Pera will both be playing to reach the third round at Roland Garros for the first time, both will fancy their chances here as they enter this match on the back of solid opening round victories.

Daria Gavrilova of Australia in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Daria Gavrilova secured her spot in the second round with a gutsy 4-6 7-6 6-3 win over Sorana Cirstea. Gavrilova looked destined for a quick exit when she trailed by a set and a break. The Aussie fought through a tough second set before again coming from a break down in the third set to earn a famous victory. It was a big win for Gavrilova who has generally underachieved at the Grand Slam level.

Bernarda Pera’s route to the second round was far more straightforward. The American cruised past Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-2, the victory was Pera’s first main draw victory at Roland Garros. Pera is in career best form in 2018, the American won her first matches at the Grand Slam level earlier this year as she reached the third round in Melbourne.

This should be a tight encounter between two players who enjoy playing on clay, who will prevail?

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Daria Gavrilova vs Lesia Tsurenko, Acapulco SF Preview

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, 🇲🇽🌴 Acapulco SF Preview
🇦🇺 (3) Daria Gavrilova vs 🇺🇦 (7) Lesia Tsurenko

Lesia Tsurenko is now just two steps away from successfully defending her title in Acapulco. The Ukrainian loves the Abierto Mexicano, Tsurenko has won her last 8 matches at the event, all in straight sets. Tsurenko will look to keep her dream run going on Friday when she comes up against Daria Gavrilova in the first semi-final of the day. This has been a good match-up for Tsurenko who is yet to lose a match to the Aussie.

Daria Gavrilova has certainly not been at her best this week but she has competed hard and claimed some critical victories. Gavrilova took a late wild card into the event as she looked to gain some much needed momentum. The decision is seemingly paying off, Gavrilova started the week with a scrappy 3 set win over Madison Brengle before beating Mexican wild card Renata Zarazúa in straight sets. Gavrilova confirmed her spot in the final 4 with a gritty win over Veronica Cepede Royg, Gavrilova outlasted her opponent, winning 6-4 4-6 6-2. Gavrilova’s serve remains a big issue but her defensive skills and variation from the baseline make her a tough opponent.

Lesia Tsurenko has cruised through to the semi-finals in Acapulco without dropping a set. Tsurenko started her title defense with commanding straight set wins over Lauren Davis and Arina Rodionova before booking her spot in the final 4 with a 6-2 6-2 win over Kristina Mladenovic. Tsurenko produced a high quality performance to blitz Mladenovic in what was a rematch of last year’s final, it was almost a perfect match from the defending champion.

Tsurenko enters this clash with a 4-0 record over Gavrilova. All 4 of their previous matches were on a hard court. Most recently, a 6-2 6-3 win for Tsurenko in a Fed Cup tie last year.

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Daria Gavrilova vs Veronica Cepede Royg, Acapulco QF Preview

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, 🇲🇽🌴 Acapulco QF Preview
🇦🇺 (3) Daria Gavrilova vs. 🇵🇾 Veronica Cepede Royg

An interesting quarter-final match-up in Acapulco sees the third seeded Daria Gavrilova come up against Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg. Gavrilova has scrapped her way into the final in 8 in Acapulco, the Aussie has not been at her best but has competed well enough to stay alive. Cepede Royg is playing great tennis, defeating two more fancied opponents to reach the final 8 in Acapulco. Can Cepede Royg claim a third consecutive upset victory?

Daria Gavrilova is competing in Acapulco the first time. The Aussie started the week with an unconvincing 3 set win over Madison Brengle, a 4-6 6-3 6-3 triumph. Gavrilova overcame a couple of tough moments to get past Mexican wild card Renata Zarazúa, 7-5 6-3. Gavrilova’s serve continues to be a big problem, Gavrilova has hit a whopping 23 double faults in her first 2 matches this week. Gavrilova will need to improve her level if she is to advance any further this week as she comes up against an in-form Cepede Royg on Thursday.

It has been a brilliant week for Cepede Royg. The Paraguayan started the event with a memorable 4-6 7-6 6-3 win over Belinda Bencic. Cepede Royg backed up one of the biggest wins of her career with an equally impressive win, a 7-6 6-1 win over the 5th seeded Irina-Camelia Begu. Unlike Gavrilova, Cepede Royg is serving very well this week. Cepede Royg was broken on just one occasion in her win over Begu and was strong on serve against Bencic.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair.

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Daria Gavrilova vs Renata Zarazua, Acapulco R2 Preview

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, 🇲🇽🌴 Acapulco R2 Preview
🇦🇺 (3/wc) Daria Gavrilova vs 🇲🇽 (wc) Renata Zarazúa

The third seeded Daria Gavrilova will come up against local wild card Renata Zarazúa in the second round of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL. Gavrilova scrapped through her opening round match with Madison Brengle, the Aussie will be hoping for a much more consistent performance against Zarazúa. Gavrilova will be an overwhelming favourite heading into this match but will have to contest against an opponent with nothing to lose and the vocal Mexican crowd.

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It was a frustrating opening match for Gavrilova in Acapulco, a 4-6 6-3 6-3 win over Madison Brengle. Gavrilova was wayward early but played at a higher level more often in the second and third sets, enough to get over the line against a frustrating opponent. Gavrilova has a tendency to get involved in tight matches against much lower ranked opponent so she will be unlikely to take anything for granted heading into this second round match.

20-year-old Mexican wild card Renata Zarazúa caused the biggest upset of the tournament thus far when she defeated Kristyna Pliskova in the opening round. The 6-3 6-4 win was the biggest win of the 20-year-old’s career, her first victory over an opponent ranked inside the top 100. It must be said that Pliskova played awfully, but credit to Zarazúa who did what she had to do and played with good variety.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair.

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Daria Gavrilova vs Madison Brengle, Acapulco R1 Preview

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, 🇲🇽🌴 Acapulco R1 Preview
🇦🇺 (3/wc) Daria Gavrilova vs 🇺🇸 Madison Brengle

Daria Gavrilova has been granted a late wild card into the 2018 Abierto Mexicano TELCEL as she attempts to find a much needed form reversal heading into a couple of big events in Indian Wells and Miami. Gavrilova will begin her Acapulco campaign against America’s Madison Brengle.

Gavrilova had a fairly disappointing Australian summer, beaten in the second round at the Australian Open and more recently having horror weekend in Fed Cup action. Gavrilova was beaten by 16-year-old Marta Kostyuk and the unraked Nadiia Kichenok on grass in Australia’s 3-2 Fed Cup win over the Ukraine. Gavrilova is clearly not feeling very confident on court at the moment, the Australian has had the yips on serve, a big issue she will need to rectify.

Madison Brengle arrives in Acapulco with confidence after winning the ITF Midland title a few weeks ago. Brengle did not drop a set on route to the title and beat decent opposition such as Mihaela Buzarnescu. It was an important week for Brengle to build confidence after being dealt a horror draw at the Australian Open, suffering an opening round loss to Johanna Konta.

The only previous match between the pair took place at an ITF event in 2014, Brengle won that match in 3 sets.

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