Simona Halep vs. Lesia Tsurenko, Dubai R3 Preview

🇦🇪🐪 Dubai DFTC – R3 Preview
🇷🇴 (3) Simona Halep vs. 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Simona Halep continues her Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships campaign on Wednesday with a third round meeting against the Ukraine’s Lesia Tsurenko. Halep and Tsurenko played just last week in Doha where Halep claimed a comfortable win in straight sets, will we see a similar result here?

Simona Halep of Romania in action during her second-round match at the 2019 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

Halep is starting to find her feet in 2019, the former world number 1 and reigning Roland Garros champion arrived in Dubai on the back of a solid run to the final in Doha last week and made a good start to her Dubai campaign yesterday. Halep received an opening round bye in Dubai before battling past Eugenie Bouchard 7-6 6-4 in a high quality encounter.

Lesia Tsurenko has won contrasting matches on route to the third round in Dubai. Tsurenko easily defeated Yulia Putintseva in the opening round where the Kazakh retired early in the second set. Tsurenko battled through her second round match where she outlasted Lin Zhu 6-4 6-7 6-3 in just under 2 and a half hours.

Halep holds a perfect 6-0 record over Tsurenko and has been completely untroubled in this match-up of late. Halep defeated Tsurenko 6-4 6-1 in Cincinnati last year, whilst just last week Halep claimed a 6-2 6-3 win over the Ukrainian in Doha. Halep has never dropped a set to Tsurenko on a hard court.

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Karolina Pliskova vs. Lesia Tsurenko, Brisbane Final Preview

Brisbane International, Final Preview
🇨🇿 (5) Karolina Pliskova vs. 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Sunday night’s championship match at the Brisbane International sees 2017 champion Karolina Pliskova take on Lesia Tsurenko. Pliskova heads into this match as a strong favourite but Tsurenko is in great form and is not to be dismissed.

Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine in action during the semifinal of the 2019 Brisbane International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Karolina Pliskova has been very successful in Brisbane over the last couple of years. Pliskova won the tournament in 2017 and reached the semi-finals last year, she now has the chance to win a second title at the first premier level final of the year.

It hasn’t all been smooth sailing for Pliskova this week, she started the week with a tough match against Yulia Putintseva where she came from a set and a break down. Pliskova’s level has generally increased as the week has gone on, her most consistent performance came at the semi-final stage where she beat Donna Vekic 6-3 6-4.

Lesia Tsurenko has progressed to her first premier level final without dropping a set. Tsurenko cruised through her first few matches against Mihaela Buzarnescu and Kimberly Birrell before winning a tight match against an in-form Anett Kontaveit. Tsurenko’s biggest win came at the semi-final stage where she claimed a big 6-2 6-4 win over Naomi Osaka.

Pliskova heads into this match with a 3-2 head-to-head record over Tsurenko. The most recent match between the pair took place on clay in Madrid in 2017, Pliskova won that match 7-6 2-6 6-2.

Will Pliskova win her second Brisbane title or will Tsurenko claim the biggest title of her career?

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Naomi Osaka vs. Lesia Tsurenko, Brisbane SF Preview

Brisbane International – SF Preview
🇯🇵 (2) Naomi Osaka vs. 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Naomi Osaka continues her Brisbane International campaign on Saturday with a semi-final showdown against Lesia Tsurenko. Osaka is seemingly the player to beat this week in Brisbane after a sensational performance against Anastasija Sevastova in the quarter-finals. Osaka will be very confident heading into this match given her demolition of Tsurenko in their only previous meeting.

Naomi Osaka of Japan in action during the quarter-final at the 2019 Brisbane International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Osaka made a real statement in a 3-6 6-0 6-4 win over Anastasija Sevastova to reach the semi-finals in Brisbane. Osaka was outplayed in the first set and seemed destined for a third consecutive loss against the tricky Latvian. However, Osaka rallied and produced an extremely high level over the second and third sets to turn the match around and claim a critical win over a troublesome opponent.

Lesia Tsurenko also heads into this match with confidence having navigated her way to the semi-finals in Brisbane without dropping a set. Tsurenko started the week with a 6-0 6-2 thrashing of Mihaela Buzarnescu before claiming a comfortable 6-4 6-3 win against Kimberly Birrell. Tsurenko’s greatest test came at the quarter-final stage where she defeated Anett Kontaveit 7-5 6-3, a good win over a dangerous opponent.

Osaka smashed Tsurenko 6-1 6-1 at the quarter-final stage of the US Open last year in their only previous meeting. Can Tsurenko can this match more competitive and take down the reigning US Open champion?

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Naomi Osaka vs. Lesia Tsurenko, US OPEN QF Preview

🇺🇸🗽 US OPEN: QF Preview
🇯🇵 (20) Naomi Osaka vs. 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

A huge opportunity presents itself to Naomi Osaka and Lesia Tsurenko on Wednesday when they go head-to-head for a spot in the semi-finals at the US Open. These two are at very different stages of their careers but this will be the biggest moment for both. Osaka and Tsurenko will be making their first quarter-final appearance at a Grand Slam, who will step up and make the most of this rare chance?

Naomi Osaka of Japan in action during the fourth round at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Naomi Osaka stormed through the first week at Flushing Meadows. Osaka dropped a combined 7 games in commanding victories over Laura Siegemund, Julia Glushko and Aryna Sabalenka. Osaka faced her first big test in the fourth round where she won the battle of the young guns, a 6-3 2-6 6-4 win over a red-hot Aryna Sabalenka. It was an emotional win for Osaka, a huge occasion for the 20-year-old.

No one would have predicted that Lesia Tsurenko would reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final at this year’s US Open. Tsurenko also cruised through the first week of the event without dropping a set. The 29-year-old started her campaign with a win over Alison Van Uytvanck before claiming a huge 6-4 6-2 upset win over the 2nd seeded Caroline Wozniacki. Tsurenko eased past Katerina Siniakova 6-4 6-0 before securing her spot in the final 8 with a grueling 6-7 7-5 6-2 win over Marketa Vondrousova. Tsurenko has always been physically fragile, dealing with some type of injury every other week, there have been concerns this event but so far she has been able to battle through.

This will be the first meeting between the pair at the tour level. A match that features an interesting contrast in styles. The power of Osaka against the consistent game of Tsurenko. Osaka will look to overpower Tsurenko but the Ukrainian thrives on power and has experience on her side.

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Barbora Strycova vs. Lesia Tsurenko, Birmingham QF Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham QF Preview
🇨🇿 Barbora Strycova vs. 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Barbora Strycova and Lesia Tsurenko will do battle in an unexpected quarter-final match-up in Birmingham. Strycova and Tsurenko both secured their places in the final 8 at the Nature Valley Classic with upset victories over seeded opponents, the pair will head into this match with confidence, both will see this as a winnable match. Who will prevail?

Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine in action at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Lesia Tsurenko is into a third quarter-final in 2018. The Ukrainian has advanced to the final 8 in Birmingham thanks to a couple of solid victories, a 7-6 7-5 win over Heather Watson followed by a 1-6 6-3 6-3 defeat of the 6th seeded Daria Kasatkina. Once Tsurenko gets on a roll she can be dangerous, perhaps she can get on a roll in Birmingham.

Barbora Strycova secured her spot in the quarter-finals in Birmingham with yet another victory over Garbine Muguruza in what was her first top 10 victory of the season. Strycova was too solid for the top seeded Spaniard as she claimed a fairly comfortable 6-2 6-4 victory, her third consecutive win over reigning Wimbledon champion. In the opening round Strycova came from a set and a break down to defeat Jennifer Brady 3-6 7-5 6-3.

Surprisingly these two have only gone head-to-head on 1 previous occasion, Tsurenko won that match 6-3 6-0 in New Haven in 2015.

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Daria Kasatkina vs. Lesia Tsurenko, Birmingham R2 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham R2 Preview
🇷🇺 (6) Daria Kasatkina vs. 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Daria Kasatkina and Lesia Tsurenko will go head-to-head for the first time on Thursday with a place in the quarter-finals up for grabs at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham. Kasatkina and Tsurenko both claimed hard-fought opening round victories in Birmingham and will be ready for another battle here in a match-up that should feature a lot of lengthy rallies.

Daria Kasatkina of Russia in action at the 2018 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Daria Kasatkina progressed to the second round in Birmingham with a gutsy 3-6 7-5 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova. Kasatkina was outplayed for the majority of the first two sets but received a lifeline when Pliskova failed to serve out the match at 5-4 in the second set. Kasatkina managed the situation well, adapting her game to get the better of a very difficult opponent on an unfamiliar surface for the Russian.

Lesia Tsurenko earned her spot in the second round with a hard-fought 7-6 7-5 victory over Heather Watson. Tsurenko was the better player in the important moments, especially in a one-sided opening set tiebreak where Tsurenko barely put a foot wrong. The Ukrainian is a very streaky player, she has a tendency to randomly have great weeks, perhaps that will be the case in Birmingham?

It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out as the pair do battle for the very first time.

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Lesia Tsurenko vs. Heather Watson, Birmingham R1 Preview

🇬🇧 Nature Valley Classic, Birmingham R1 Preview
🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko vs. 🇬🇧 (wc) Heather Watson

An interesting opening round clash at the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham sees Lesia Tsurenko come up against Britain’s number 2: Heather Watson. This is a particularly important week for Watson as she looks to build some much needed momentum before heading to Eastbourne where she is defending semi-finalist points. Tsurenko and Watson both play their best tennis on a quicker surface and both have similar strengths, expect a close match here.

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Lesia Tsurenko’s form has been typically streaky in 2018. The Ukrainian does arrives in Birmingham on the back of a great run to the round of 16 at Roland Garros, however a retirement after just 2 games against Garbine Muguruza in that round of 16 clash was a very disappointing ending to the tournament. Tsurenko had some decent results on grass last year, a semi-final showing in s-Hertogenbosch and a third round appearance at Wimbledon, in theory it is a surface that should favour Tsurenko’s game.

Heather Watson sits precariously inside the top 100. Watson has a heap of points to defend in Eastbourne next week after reaching the semi-finals last year, an early round exit will see Watson’s ranking plummet. Watson has no points to defend in Birmingham after a first round exit last year so she can release some of the incoming pressure with a good week at the Nature Valley Classic. Watson arrives in Birmingham on the back of a second round showing in Nottingham where she was beaten by Johanna Konta in straight sets.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. It was Watson who won their only recent encounter, a 6-3 4-6 6-4 victory on grass in Eastbourne last year.

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Garbine Muguruza vs. Lesia Tsurenko, Roland Garros R4 Preview

🇫🇷 Roland Garros, R4 Preview
🇪🇸 (3) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko

Garbine Muguruza may have entered Roland Garros in poor form and with seemingly little hope of contending for the title but all of that has changed after the first week in Paris. Muguruza was arguably one of the most impressive performers during the first week, steamrolling into the second week without dropping a set. Next up for Muguruza is Lesia Tsurenko. Muguruza will enter this match as a strong favourite against an opponent that has already exceeded expectations in Paris, can Tsurenko continue her dream run in Paris?

Lesia Tsurenko of the Ukraine in action during her third-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Muguruza has done very well to come through a very tough section of the draw without much fuss. The 3rd seed started the week with a 7-6 6-2 win over Svetlana Kuznetsova before beating Fiona Ferro 6-4 6-3. Muguruza confirmed her spot in the third round with a 6-0 6-2 demolition of Sam Stosur, Muguruza’s win over the Aussie was arguably the most impressive performance anyone was able to produce during the first week. Muguruza has an awesome record in Paris, a champion in 2016, quarter-final appearances in 2014, and 2015 and again into the second week in the last 2 years. Muguruza now looms as a real contender for the title in Paris.

Lesia Tsurenko is into the second week of a Grand Slam for just the second time in her career. Prior to this year’s event the Ukrainian had never even reached the third round in Paris. It has been a great week for Tsurenko who started the tournament with a 3 set win over Stefanie Voegele. Tsurenko booked her spot in the fourth round with back-to-back wins over seeded opponents, 3-6 6-4 6-0 win over 15th seeded CoCo Vandeweghe followed by a 6-2 6-4 win over the 19th seeded Magdalena Rybarikova.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Tsurenko upset the Spaniard in straight sets in Cincinnati in 2015, more recently Muguruza beat Tsurenko 6-4 6-4 in Wuhan last year.

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Lesia Tsurenko vs Ajla Tomljanovic, Miami R1 Preview

Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌞🐬🌴 R1 Preview
🇺🇦 Lesia Tsurenko vs. 🇦🇺 (wc) Ajla Tomljanovic

Lesia Tsurenko and Ajla Tomljanovic will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the opening round stage of the Miami Open. Tsurenko made a disappointing opening round exit last week in Indian Wells having arrived at the event on the back of winning the title in Acapulco. Perhaps Tsurenko was tired heading to Indian Wells, after a good rest she will look to rebound strongly in Miami against a very beatable opponent.

For the second year in a row Tsurenko won the title in Acapulco before heading straight to Indian Wells for an opening round exit. Tsurenko was heavily favoured to defeat Lara Arruabarrena but was outplayed in a gruelling 3 set encounter to ensure another early exit from the BNP Paribas Open. Tsurenko will be hoping for a much better result in Miami, especially given the great tennis she displayed on route to the title in Acapulco a few weeks ago.

Ajla Tomljanovic has won just 1 WTA tour level main draw match in 2018, that was a very favourable opening round draw against Destanee Aiava in the first week of the year in Brisbane. Tomljanovic did manage to reach the semi-finals of the 125K event in Indian Wells a few weeks ago but failed to qualify for the main event as she lost to Sara Sorribes Tormo in the final round of qualifying for the BNP Paribas Open.




It will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out in the first career meeting between the pair.

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Lesia Tsurenko vs Stefanie Voegele, Acapulco Final Preview

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, 🇲🇽🌴 Acapulco Final Preview
🏆 🇺🇦 (7) Lesia Tsurenko vs. 🇨🇭 Stefanie Voegele

Lesia Tsurenko will be playing for back-to-back Abierto Mexicano titles on Saturday when she comes up against Switzerland’s Stefanie Voegele. Tsurenko is on a 9-match winning streak in Acapulco and has strolled through the draw this week without dropping a set. Tsurenko will head into this final as a strong favourite against the world number 183: Stefanie Voegele. Voegele will be playing in her very first final, against a much more established opponent, can the 27-year-old Swiss cause a big upset?

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Lesia Tsurenko will have a chance to successfully defend a title for the first time in her career. Tsurenko has 3 career titles to her name, winning 1 title in each of the last 3 seasons, a fourth season in a row with a title would be a great result for the 28-year-old. Tsurenko has strolled into Saturday’s Abierto Mexicano final without dropping a set. Tsurenko started the week with comfortable wins over Lauren Davis and Arina Rodionova. The 7th seed has stepped up her game towards the business end of the event, beating Kristina Mladenovic 6-2 6-2 and confirming her post in the final with a 6-2 6-4 win over Daria Gavrilova. Tsurenko successfully exposed the weak backhand side and vulnerable second serve of both Mladenovic and Gavrilova, playing a very consistent and tactically astute game from the baseline.

It was 9th time lucky for Stefanie Voegele as she finally booked her spot in her maiden WTA tour level championship match. Voegele had lost her 8 previous semi-finals making her 6-4 7-6 semi-final win over Rebecca Peterson a sweet one. Voegele was in control for the majority of the match, successfully taking time away from her opponent and serving well throughout the match. Voegele has also claimed straight set wins over Tatjana Maria and Maria Sakkari as well as a notable 3 set win over the top seeded Sloane Stephens in the quarter-finals.

Tsurenko holds a 4-1 head-to-head record over Voegele. Tsurenko won the first four matches between the pair, all in straight sets. It is worth noting that all of those matches were tight despite the straight set result, each of the matches featured at least one tiebreak set. Most recently it was Voegele who won, 6-4 6-0 in Katowice in 2016.

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