Sara Errani vs Lesia Tsurenko, Dubai R1 Preview

🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, R1 Preview
🇮🇹 (Q) Sara Errani vs 🇺🇦 (Q) Lesia Tsurenko

2016 Dubai champion Sara Errani will be back in action on Tuesday where she comes up against the Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko in the opening round of the main draw. Errani and Tsurenko both navigated their way through a tough qualifying draw in Dubai to reach the main draw. Both bring good momentum into this match and both will see this as a very winnable opening round match-up. It will be interesting to see who steps up and makes the most of this opportunity.

Sara Errani has a surprisingly great record in Dubai. Errani won the tournament in 2016 and reached the final of the event in 2013. The Italian’s ranking is still well outside the top 100 right now so she knows that every match is important as she looks to build her ranking back up into the top 100. Errani cruised past Shuko Aoyama and Bernarda Pera in the first few rounds of the qualifying draw before fighting form 1-4 down in the deciding set to defeat Aryna Sabalenka, a huge win for Errani against a very strong opponent.

Lesia Tsurenko’s progressions through the qualifying draw in Dubai was a bit of a roller-coaster rise. Tsurenko looked down and out against Ying-Ying Duan in the opening round when she trailed by a set and a double break, the Ukrainian fought back, saving match points to win in 3 sets. Tsurenko then cruised past Ons Jabeur and Zarina Diyas to secure her spot in the main draw.

The head-to-head record between the par is split at 1 win apiece. Errani beat Tsurenko in straight sets at the Rogers Cup in 2015 whilst more recently Tsurenko beat Errani 6-4 6-3 in Indian Wells in 2016.

Agnieszka Radwanska vs Lesia Tsurenko, Australian Open R2 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R2 Preview
🇵🇱 (26) Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Agnieszka Radwanska and Lesia Tsurenko will go head-to-head in an interesting second round clash at Melbourne Park on Thursday. Radwanska and Tsurenko both required 3 sets to get through their opening round matches, both were forced to come from a set down. Both will look to raise their level heading into this difficult second round match.

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Radwanska has a brilliant record in Melbourne, the Pole is a two-time former semi-finalist at the event but is the lowly 26th seed at this years event. Radwanska got off to a very shaky start in her first round match, the Pole was blitzed by Kristyna Pliskova early but recovered to claim a 2-6 6-3 6-2 win. Radwanska’s form during the Australian summer has been solid enough having reached the quarter-finals in Auckland and Sydney prior to arriving in Melbourne.

Lesia Tsurenko survived a very tough opening round test. The Ukrainian defeated Russian rising-star Natalia Vikhlyantseva 3-6 6-3 6-4. Tsurenko brought decent form to Melbourne Park having reached the semi-final stage at the Hobart International last week.

The only previous match between the pair ended in a 6-1 6-0 win for Radwanska on clay in Brussels back in 2012.

Lesia Tsurenko vs Aryna Sabalenka, Hobart QF Preview

Hobart International 🇦🇺🌧️ QF Preview
(5) 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko vs 🇧🇾 Aryna Sabalenka

Lesia Tsurenko and Aryna Sabalenka will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the quarter-final stage of the Hobart International. Tsurenko and Sabalenka have both been impressive on route to the final 8 in Hobart, both have advanced to this stage of the tournament without dropping a set. This match-up will feature an interesting contrast in styles, the extreme, raw power of Sabalenka against the consistency and defensive skills of Tsurenko, who will win prevail?

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Lesia Tsurenko will look to emulate her run to the semi-final stage in Hobart last year as she enters this years quarter-finals. Tsurenko has won a couple of good matches over decent opponents in her first two matches this week. Tsurenko started the week with a hard-fought 7-6 6-2 win over Timea Babos before beating Yulia Putintseva quite easily 6-3 6-2. Tsurenko was able to adapt to two very different opponents, against Babos Tsurenko did well to counter-punch and force errors whilst against Putintseva, Tsurenko stepped up the aggression and dictated from the baseline.

Aryna Sabalenka has started 2018 in impressive fashion by reaching back-to-back quarter-finals. After reaching the quarter-finals in Shenzhen last week, Sabalenka has claimed a couple of strong straight set wins over Eugenie Bouchard and Shuai Zhang to reach the final. Sabalenka confirmed her quarter-final spot in Hobart by upsetting the top seeded Shuai Zhang 7-6 6-4. The Belarussian continues to show that she is one of the tours most exciting prospects, her huge game is capable of troubling most opponents.

It will be interesting to see how Tsurenko handles the power of Sabalenka in their first career meeting.

Lesia Tsurenko vs Yulia Putintseva, Hobart R2 Preview

Hobart International 🇦🇺🌧️ R2 Preview
(5) 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko vs 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

An interesting second round clash at the Hobart International sees the 5th seeded Lesia Tsurenko come up against Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva. Tsurenko and Putintseva both advanced to the second round in Hobart courtesy of straight set wins over tough, powerful opponents. Tsurenko got the better of Timea Babos whilst Putintseva was too solid for a wayward Naomi Osaka. Interestingly, it is Putintseva who has won the only two previous matches between the pair.

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Lesia Tsurenko was dealt a tough opening round draw in Hobart, drawn against Timea Babos, arguably the most dangerous unseeded player in the draw. Tsurenko was good enough to navigate her way to a 7-6 6-2 win over Babos. The opening set was very tight, Tsurenko had multiple opportunities to pull ahead but eventually claimed the opening set in a tiebreak. Tsurenko gained control of the match in the second set as the unforced errors from Babos started to rise. It is worth noting that Tsurenko had troubles with her serve during her first round match, a low first serve percentage and a very weak second serve. Tsurenko’s game from the baseline looked very solid.

Yulia Putintseva claimed her first victory of 2018 with an impressive 6-3 6-3 win over Naomi Osaka. Putintseva was easily the more consistent player throughout the match and never really looked like she was going to lose. Putintseva maintained a very high first serve percentage and also won a good percentage of points behind her second serve. Putintseva was broken just once, a good sign for Putintseva as her serve is usually her greatest weakness.

Putintseva won the two previous against Tsurenko. A 6-1 6-0 demolition in New Haven in 2015 and more recently in 2016 Tsurenko retired after Putintseva won the opening set 6-3 in Moscow.

Lesia Tsurenko vs Kaia Kanepi, Brisbane R2 Preview

Brisbane International, R2 Preview
🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko vs (Q) 🇪🇪 Kaia Kanepi

Lesia Tsurenko claimed one of the first big upsets of the 2018 season by defeating Ashleigh Barty 6-3 6-2 in the opening round at the Brisbane International. Tsurenko will look to build on her terrific win over Barty when she comes up against big-hitting Estonian Kaia Kanepi in the second round on Wednesday. Surprisingly, this will be the first career meeting between Tsurenko and Kanepi, despite both being on the tour for around a decade.

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Lesia Tsurenko produced an extremely high level of tennis to eliminate the 8th seeded Ashleigh Barty in the opening round in Brisbane. Tsurenko produced a clinical serving performance, the Ukrainian did not face a break point all match whilst forcing 3 breaks of the Barty serve. Tsurenko ended 2017 in poor form, her win over Barty should be just what she needs to rebuild her confidence.

Kaia Kanepi, a former champion at the Brisbane International, has gotten her 2018 season off to a great start at the first premier event of the season. Kanepi rolled through the qualifying draw, dropping no more than 5 games in each of her 3 qualifying victories. Kanepi kept her level up in her first main draw match on Monday, Kanepi clinically disposed of Daria Kasatkina, claiming a surprisingly comprehensive 6-2 6-2 victory. The quick hard courts in Brisbane really suit the big game of Kanepi, the former champion loves this event and looms as a dangerous prospect to all opponent this week.

It will be interesting to see how this matchup plays out in the first career meeting between the pair.

Elina Svitolina vs Lesia Tsurenko, Cincinnati R2 Preview

Western & Southern Open, 🇺🇸🌉 Cincinnati R2 Preview + Prediction
(5) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

The 5th seeded Elina Svitolina begins her 2017 Western & Southern Open campaign against fellow Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko on Wednesday evening. Svitolina arrives in Cincinnati as number 1 on the U.S Open series leaderboard after winning her 5th title of the year last week at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Svitolina will look to keep the positive momentum going in Cincinnati as she builds towards New York.

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Madison Keys vs Lesia Tsurenko, Stanford QF Preview

#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford QF Preview + Prediction
(3) 🇺🇸 Madison Keys vs (7) 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

A fascinating quarter-final clash at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford sees the highest ranked American Madison Keys come up against the seventh seeded Lesia Tsurenko. Madison Keys has had an injury plagued season and will be hoping to gain confidence and match fitness during the early tournaments of the U.S Open series before heading to New York for the final Grand Slam of the year. Keys was rusty in her opening clash and will face her first real test on Friday when she takes on the consistent Lesia Tsurenko.

Madison Keys of the United States in action during the second round of the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

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Maria Sharapova vs Lesia Tsurenko, Stanford R2 Preview

#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford R2 Preview + Prediction
(wc) 🇷🇺 Maria Sharapova vs (7) 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Maria Sharapova made a successful return to competitive action on Monday at the Bank of the West Classic. Sharapova claimed a three set win over Jennifer Brady, displaying glimpses of her best tennis in a topsy-turvy performance. Sharapova will continue her Stanford campaign on Wednesday when she comes up against the 7th seeded Lesia Tsurenko in the second round. Tsurenko claimed a comfortable straight set win over Lara Arruabarrena in the opening round. Interestingly, this will be the first ever meeting between the pair.

Maria Sharapova of Russia in action during her first round match at the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

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Ekaterina Makarova vs Lesia Tsurenko, Roland Garros R2 Preview

Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R2 Preview + Prediction
🇷🇺 Ekaterina Makarova vs 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Ekaterina Makarova became the first woman to eliminate a top seed from the Roland Garros draw in the opening round of the tournament when she cruised past Angelique Kerber in straight sets on day one of the tournament. Makarova will have gained a great deal of confidence from that win and will need to be on her game as she enters a reasonably tough second round clash against Lesia Tsurenko on Wednesday in Paris.

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Angelique Kerber vs Lesia Tsurenko, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open, 🇦🇺 First Round Match preview
(1) 🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber vs 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Angelique Kerber begins her title defense at the Australian Open with a first round clash against Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko on day 1 in Melbourne. There will be a whole new type of pressure on Kerber at Melbourne Park over the next fortnight as she looks to defend a Grand Slam title for the first time in her career. The German made an unconvincing start to the Australian summer in Brisbane and Sydney, it will be very interesting to see how the world number 1 handles herself at Melbourne Park over the next couple of weeks, it will be a totally new experience for Angie.

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