Serena Williams vs. Evgeniya Rodina, Wimbledon R4 Preview

🇬🇧 Wimbledon, R4 Preview
🇺🇸 (25) Serena Williams vs. 🇷🇺 (Q) Evgeniya Rodina

Serena Williams continues her quest for a 24th Grand Slam title on Monday with an unexpected fourth round match-up against Russian qualifier and fellow mother: Evgeniya Rodina. On paper, this is a huge mismatch, a 7-time former champion up against a player that had never previously made it past the second round at Wimbledon heading into this event. Can the Russian challenge the champ?

Serena Williams of the United States in action during her first round match at the 2018 Wimbledon Championships Grand Slam tournament

The draw has suddenly opened right up for Serena Williams. There are only two seeded players left in Serena’s half of the draw heading into the round of 16 (#7 Pliskova and #13 Goerges). Amidst all the carnage it is Serena who has now emerged as the tournament favourite. Serena has gradually improved her level throughout the event, claiming straight set wins over Arantxa Rus, Viktoria Tomova and Kristina Mladenovic.

Evgeniya Rodina is having the best couple of weeks of her career. The 29-year-old journey-woman started her campaign by progressing through a tough qualifying draw at Roehampton before claiming 3 consecutive 3 set victories in the main, 3-6 7-5 6-4 win over Antonia Lottner followed by a 1-6 6-3 6-3 win against Sorana Cirstea. Rodina made her biggest move at the third round stage where she eliminated the 10th seeded Madison Keys 7-5 5-7 6-4 win, a topsy-turvy encounter, arguably the biggest win of her career.

The will be the first career meeting between the pair

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Eugenie Bouchard vs Evgeniya Rodina, U.S Open R1 Preview

US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R1 Preview + Prediction
🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard vs 🇷🇺 Evgeniya Rodina

Eugenie Bouchard will begin her 2017 U.S Open campaign on Tuesday, second up on Grandstand Court against Russia’s Evgeniya Rodina. Bouchard is having another horrific year and has one last chance to turn her fortunes around at a major event in 2017. Bouchard’s opening round clash in New York with Rodina looms as a very pleasant draw for the Canadian. Rodina has been eliminated at the opening round stage of all three Grand Slam events this year. There is no excuse for Bouchard to lose this match.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Evgeniya Rodina, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓 Day 2, R1 Match Preview:
(3) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs 🇷🇺 Evgeniya Rodina

Karolina Pliskova arrives at Wimbledon as the form player on the tour and is widely seen as the favourite to win the tournament and claim her first Grand Slam title. Pliskova has already proven herself on each surface this year, showing flexibility and adaptability that has not previously been associated with the big-serving Czech. Pliskova made it all the way to the semi-finals at Roland Garros, an effort that will give her great confidence heading into Wimbledon where she will be much more comfortable on grass. Pliskova opens with what should be a comfortable opening round clash against Evgeniya Rodina on Tuesday.

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Dominika Cibulkova vs Evgeniya Rodina, St. Petersburg R1 Preview

St Petersburg R1: Dominika Cibulkova vs Evgeniya Rodina

Dominika Cibulkova will begin her St. Petersburg campaign on Wednesday when she comes up against Evgeniya Rodina in the first round. Dominika made an extremely disappointing first round exit in Melbourne and as a result her ranking has plummeted to number 66 in the world. Dominika will see this event as a prime opportunity to give her ranking a much needed boost, Dominika is more than capable of beating anyone in the draw this week.

Dominika looked set for a deep run at the Australian Open having arrived fresh off a semi-final appearance in Hobart where she lost a very competitive match to Eugenie Bouchard. However, Dominika was handed a reasonably tough draw and was unable to get past Kristina Mladenovic in the first round where she lost in straight sets. A reoccurring theme for Dominika during the entire Australian summer was that she really struggled to hold serve, particularly in important moments.

 

The next couple of months are important for Dominika, she has little points to defend given she was sidelined by injury for much of the first half in 2015. The Slovakian needs to dramatically improve her current ranking and push towards being seeded for Roland Garros. It is a big jump in the rankings from 66 but it is certainly within reach. A strong run in St Petersburg would be a good start.

Dominika will head into her first round match as the strong favourite against Evgeniya Rodina. However, it was the Russian who emerged victorious in their only previous encounter but that was way back in 2005. It is quite amazing that there will be over 10 years between the first and second time they have played.

Dominika should be far too good here, the Slovakian is a couple of classes above Rodina and will see this as a good opportunity to gain a confidence boosting win. Rodina is in terrible form having lost all three of her matches in 2016 thus far, there is nothing to suggest the Russian can come close to causing an upset here.

Prediction: Dominika Cibulkova to defeat Evgeniya Rodina in 2 sets