CoCo Vandeweghe vs Ashleigh Barty, Zhuhai Semi-Final Preview

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SF #2: (2) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ CoCo Vandeweghe vs (9) πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Ashleigh Barty

Saturday’s second semi-final in Zhuhai sees CoCo Vandeweghe and Ashleigh Barty go head-to-head for the first time. Vandeweghe and Barty both went undefeated in their groups to advance to the semi-finals, both are in good form heading into this intriguing semi-final clash. Barty has arguably been the form player thus far in Zhuhai, the Aussie’s serving has been particularly impressive. Vandeweghe has also been serving well this week and can match Barty from the service line. This will be an exciting clash between two powerful opponents, who will emerge victorious in the first meeting between the pair?

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Anastasija Sevastova vs Julia Goerges, Zhuhai Semi-Final Preview

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SF #1: (5) πŸ‡±πŸ‡» Anastasija Sevastova vs (7) πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Julia Goerges

Saturday’s first semi-final at the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai sees Anastasija Sevastova come up against Julia Goerges. Both Sevastova and Goerges progressed through the group stage with a perfect record, winning both of their group matches in straight sets to set up an exciting semi-final clash. The head-to-head record between these is split at 2 wins apiece heading into Saturday’s semi-final. It was Sevastova who won their most recent match, a 3 set win in the Mallorca final on grass earlier this year. Can an in-form Goerges reverse the result of their previous match and claim the first spot in Sunday’s final in Zhuhai?

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Sloane Stephens vs Barbora Strycova, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(3) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Sloane Stephens vs (11) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡Ώ Barbora Strycova

The final group stage match at the 2017 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai will see reigning U.S Open champion Sloane Stephens take on Barbora Strycova. Stephens and Strycova both proved to be no match for Anastasija Sevastova in their opening matches from the camellia group, both were defeated by the Latvian in straight sets ensuring it would be Sevastova would progresses through to the semi-finals. Stephens holds a 2-1 H2h advantage over Strycova and has won their last two matches, however, Stephens has not won a match since her historic U.S Open triumph. Can the American end a career changing season with a victory on Friday night with a victory over Barbora Strycova?

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Elena Vesnina vs Shuai Peng, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(6) πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Elena Vesnina vs (12/wc) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡³ Shuai Peng

The first of two dead rubbers to close out day 4 in Zhuhai sees Elena Vesnina come up against Shuai Peng. CoCo Vandeweghe confirmed that she would be the one to progress to the semi-finals in the bougainvillea group as she went 2-0 with a straight set win over Elena Vesnina on Thursday night, eliminating Vesnina and Peng from the tournament. It all means that there is little to play for here, pride and a positive finish to 2017 will be on the line, both have had good seasons and will want to enter the off-season with a victory.

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Kristina Mladenovic vs Julia Goerges, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(1) πŸ‡«πŸ‡· Kristina Mladenovic vs (7) πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Julia Goerges

The final semi-final spot at the 2017 WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai will be up for grabs in the opening match of day 4. Julia Goerges is in prime position to progress to the next stage from the Azalea group, the German just needs to win one set against Kristina Mladenovic when the pair square off on Friday. Conversely, Mladenovic will need to beat Goerges in straight sets to advance. These two could not bring more contrasting form into this crucial match. Goerges has won 6 matches in a row after arriving in Zhuhai fresh off the title in Moscow whilst Mladenovic is on a 11-match losing streak. Can Mladenovic produce a miracle to snatch the final semi-final spot in Zhuhai?

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CoCo Vandeweghe vs Elena Vesnina, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(2) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ CoCo Vandeweghe vs (6) πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Elena Vesnina

CoCo Vandeweghe can secure top spot and a ticket into the semi-final in Zhuhai on Thursday night when she comes up against Russia’s Elena Vesnina in the final match of the day. Vandeweghe made a shaky start in her Zhuhai debut on day 1 of the tournament but rallied to claim a 3 set win over Shuai Peng. Elena Vesnina has had to wait a while to get her Zhuhai campaign off and running, the Russian will be looking to end one of her best seasons on tour with a strong showing in Zhuhai.

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Anastasija Sevastova vs Barbora Strycova, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(5) πŸ‡±πŸ‡» Anastasija Sevastova vs (11) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡Ώ Barbora Strycova

Anastasija Sevastova is in prime position in the camellia group after she defeated Sloane Stephens in straight sets on Wednesday night. The Latvian can book her spot in the semi-finals when she comes up against Barbora Strycova on day 3 of the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai. An in-form Barbora Strycova will have other ideas, the Czech is one of few players competing at the event in back-to-back seasons and will be looking to make a strong start to the tournament. This is a match-up that will feature a heap of variety, a close contest is likely, who will come out on top in this crucial clash in the camellia group?

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Angelique Kerber vs Ashleigh Barty, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(8) πŸ‡©πŸ‡ͺ Angelique Kerber vs (9) πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Ashleigh Barty

Top spot in the rose group and progression to the semi-final stage in Zhuhai is up for grabs when Angelique Kerber comes up against Ashleigh Barty on Thursday. If Kerber is to progress to the semi-final stage she needs to win this match in straight sets, Barty just needs to win 1 set to confirm her spot on top of the rose group. Barty was in sensational form in her Zhuhai debut, comfortably defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in straight sets, can the Aussie bring a similar level here and advance to the final four in Zhuhai?

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Ashleigh Barty, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(4) πŸ‡·πŸ‡Ί Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs (9) πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Ashleigh Barty

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova kickstarted her 2017 Zhuhai campaign off in style when she defeated Angelique Kerber in three sets on Tuesday evening. Pavlyuchenkova can confirm her progression into the semi-finals when she comes up against Ashleigh Barty on Wednesday at the WTA Elite Trophy. The Russian has won the two previous matches between the pair but Barty has improved greatly since their most recent match and the Aussie will looking to make a strong start in her Zhuhai debut.

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Sloane Stephens vs Anastasija Sevastova, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

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(3) πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ Sloane Stephens vs (5) πŸ‡±πŸ‡» Anastasija Sevastova

Sloane Stephens will make her debut at the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai on Wednesday evening when she comes up against Anastasija Sevastova in the first match from the Camelia Group. Stephens and Sevastova have been drawn alongside Barbora Strycova in what looms as one of the tougher groups. Stephens recently defeated Sevastova in an epic quarter-final encounter which ended in a final set tiebreak, a critical victory for Stephens on route to her first Grand Slam triumph. Interestingly, both Stephens and Sevastova were unable to win a match in the couple of tournaments they played in Asia after their U.S Open success. One of these two will break that drought on Wednesday, who will it be?

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