Karolina Muchova vs. Magda Linette, Doha R1 Preview

Qatar Total Open, Doha R1 Preview + prediction:
🇨🇿 Karolina Muchova vs. 🇵🇱 Magda Linette

Karolina Muchova and Magda Linette will renew their rivalry when they do battle at the opening round stage of the 2020 Qatar Total Open in Doha. Muchova and Linette both claimed victories over each other during their respective runs to maiden titles in 2019. Linette defeated Muchova at the quarter-final stage in the Bronx before winning the title, Muchova avenged that loss in the Seoul final a few months later, who will edge ahead in the head-to-head series with a win in their third career meeting?

Karolina Muchova has made a very disappointing start to her 2020 campaign and arrives in Doha in desperate need of a strong run. Muchova ended 2019 as one of the form players on tour but has certainly failed to rediscover that form in the new year. Muchova has only won 1 match in 2020, most recently she was beaten by Katerina Siniakova in 3 sets in Dubai last week in the first round, Muchova failed to win a single game in the deciding set, a very deflating way to lose.

Magda Linette arrives in Doha full of confidence having just won her second career title in Hua Hin a few weeks ago. It was a fantastic week for Linette in Hua Hin where she dropped just 1 set on route to winning the title. Linette’s run in Hua Hin will be a big boost for Pole given she previously made a poor start to the year; Linette will be hoping to continue to gain momentum in Doha.

The head-to-head record between Muchova and Linette is split at 1 win apiece. Both meetings took place in 2019, It was Linette who emerged victorious in the Bronx with a 6-7 6-4 7-6 victory. Muchova then dominated Linette in the championship match in Seoul, a 6-1 6-1 win for the Czech.

I’m going to side with Linette here. It is Linette who brings far superior form and confidence into this match. On Paper this is a very even match-up, so the superior form and confidence of Linette means she is the favourite here. Muchova is really struggling to find her game at the moment and will find life tough in this match against the Pole who gives very little away. Expect Linette to be too solid on this occasion, Muchova doesn’t seem efficient enough at the moment to get past such a solid, in-form opponent.

Prediction: Magda Linette to defeat Karolina Muchova in 3 sets
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Naomi Osaka vs. Magda Linette, Australian Open R1 Preview

🇦🇺 Australian Open, R1 Preview
🇯🇵 (4) Naomi Osaka vs. 🇵🇱 Magda Linette

Naomi Osaka begins her 2019 Australian Open campaign on Tuesday night with a first round clash against Poland’s Magda Linette on Rod Laver Arena. The eyes of the tennis world are on Naomi Osaka at this year’s Australian Open in what will be the first Grand Slam Osaka has competed in since winning the US Open last year, how will the young star handle the extra attention and added pressure?

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

Naomi Osaka made a decent start to the 2019 season with a semi-final showing at the Brisbane International. Osaka started the season with a straight set win over Destanee Aiava before fighting from a set down to claim an important win over Anastasija Sevastova. The tournament ended in disappointment for Osaka when she surprisingly lost to Lesia Tsurenko in straight sets, Osaka then withdrew from Sydney, instead Osaka has been in Melbourne for a week training.

Magda Linette arrives at Melbourne Park battle hardened. Linette was in action at the Hobart International last week where she claimed a couple of wins to get through the qualifying draw before upsetting Maria Sakkari in the opening round. Linette was eliminated from Hobart in the second round, a tough 3 set loss to Greet Minnen, Linette served for the match in the third set.

Interestingly it was Linette who won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-2 3-6 6-3 win in Washington D.C last year. Osaka certainly wasn’t anywhere near her best on that occasion and will surely be a a tougher opponent on this occasion.

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Denisa Allertova vs Magda Linette, Australian Open R3 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R3 Preview
🇨🇿 (Q) Denisa Allertova vs 🇵🇱 Magda Linette

Denisa Allertova and Magda Linette will go head-to-head in an unlikely third round match-up at Melbourne Park on Friday. Allertova and Linette has both reached the third round stage of a Grand Slam on 1 previous occasion, both will be aiming to reach the fourth round at a Grand Slam for the very first time with a victory here.

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Denisa Allertova is proving that she is much more capable than her current ranking of 130 in the world suggests. Allertova blasted her way through the qualifying draw at Melbourne Park without dropping a set. Allertova has continued to storm through the tournament in the main draw, beating Pauline Parmentier 6-3 6-0 in the opening round before beating Shuai Zhang 6-4 7-6. Allertova did also reach the third round stage at Melbourne Park in 2016. The quick hard courts in Melbourne really suit the same of Allertova.

Magda Linette started the event with a 2-6 6-4 6-3 win over Jennifer Brady before causing a big upset as she defeated the 22nd seeded Daria Kasatkina 7-6 6-2. Linette was seemingly struggling with an ankle injury throughout the match but Kasatkina was unable to take advantage of the situation.

The pair have never gone head-to-head in a completed match.

Karolina Pliskova vs Magda Linette, U.S Open R1 Preview

US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R1 Preview + Prediction
(1) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs 🇵🇱 Magda Linette

Karolina Pliskova will be competing at a Grand Slam event as the world number 1 for the first time at this year’s U.S Open. The 2016 runner-up in New York begins her 2017 campaign with a first round clash against Poland’s Magda Linette. The U.S Open is a special event for Pliskova given the 2016 tournament was her first major breakthrough at the Grand Slam level, since then Pliskova has been the most consistent player on tour and is one of the favourites to win the title in 2017.

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Magda Linette vs Shuai Zhang, New Haven R2 Preview

Connecticut Open, 🇺🇸🏫 New Haven preview + prediction
R2: (Q) 🇵🇱 Magda Linette vs 🇨🇳 Shuai Zhang

Shuai Zhang caused the biggest upset of the opening round when she eliminated 3-time former champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets. Zhang claimed a surprisingly easy 6-2 6-1 win over Petra Kvitova on Monday night and will look to bring momentum from that big win into her second round clash with Magda Linette on Wednesday. In more good news for Zhang, she holds a perfect 2-0 head-to-head record over Linette heading into this second round clash at the Connecticut Open.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Magda Linette, U.S Open R2 Preview

U.S Open R2: (15) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Magda Linette

Agnieszka Radwanska began her 2015 U.S Open campaign with a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victory over Kateryna Siniakova. Radwanska will continue her quest for a maiden quarter-final appearance at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday when she comes up against compatriot Magda Linette.

Radwanska produced a very clean performance on Monday to advance to the second round. The Pole’s serve worked nicely, maintaining a high first serve percentage and winning a very high percentage of first serve points. Aga was far too classy for Siniakova from the baseline, throwing in some trademark drop shots to perfect effect. Radwanska should find her second round encounter equally comfortable.


Magda Linette picked up her very first main draw victory at Flushing Meadows on Monday, defeating Urszula Radwanska 7-6 6-1. Magda’s victory over Urszula was also her very first main draw victory at a Grand Slam, a big achievement for the Pole. Magda now has an opportunity to play her nation’s number 1 player in the second round.

This will be the very first meeting between Aga and Magda. Aga will however have a good insight into Magda’s game, Ula will no doubt tell Aga everything she needs to know. Aga should be far too classy, it is important that she wins these kinds of matches as quickly as possible to remain as fresh as possible moving forward.

Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Magda Linette in 2 sets