Magdalena Rybarikova vs Kateryna Bondarenko, Australian Open R3 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R3 Preview
🇸🇰 (19) Magdalena Rybarikova vs 🇺🇦 Kateryna Bondarenko

An awesome opportunity presents itself to Magdalena Rybarikova and Kateryna Bondarenko on Friday when the pair meet at the third round stage at Melbourne Park, both will be aiming to reach the fourth round for the first time in their careers. The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 2 wins apiece, the pair have not played for over 6 years so it will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out with so much on the line.

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Rybarikova has been fairly impressive on route to the third round at Melbourne Park, surprisingly this is the first time the 29-year-old has reached the third round stage. Rybarikova started the week with a 6-0 7-5 win over Taylor Townsend before securing her spot in the third round by beating Kirsten Flipkens 6-4 0-6 6-2. One thing that has stood out for Rybarikova is that she has been serving very well in important moments. This was true at the end of the second set against Townsend and in the deciding set against Flipkens. When Rybarikova lands her first serve at a high percentage it really helps her game as she can take control of the point, the Slovakian is a much better player when she is on the front foot rather than when she is defending.

Kateryna Bondarenko is into the third round stage at Melbourne Park for the third time in her career. Bondarenko started the week by out-lasting Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic, winning 7-6 4-6 6-2 before upsetting the 15th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 6-3. Bondarenko produced one of her most exceptional performances in recent years to easily get past Pavlyuchenkova, the Ukrainian reminding us all of what she is still capable of.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 2 wins apiece. However these matches are irrelevant as they were over 6 years ago.

Magdalena Rybarikova vs Kirsten Flipkens, Australian Open R2 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R2 Preview
🇸🇰 (19) Magdalena Rybarikova vs 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens

An interesting second round clash at Melbourne Park will sees Magdalena Rybarikova take on Kirsten Flipkens. This is a fascinating match-up between two very unique players on the WTA tour. Rybarikova was very impressive in her opening round win over Townsend and will look to build on that win with another solid performance against Flipkens

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Rybarikova started her 2018 Australian Open campaign in style by beating Taylor Townsend 6-0 7-5. Rybarikova cruised through the opening set but found herself in danger when she squandered a break lead in the second set. Rybarikova kept her cool, executed her game by mixing up the play from the baseline and not allowing Townsend to dominate with her forehand. The quick hard court surface in Melbourne seems quite perfect for Rybarikova.

Kirsten Flipkens battled past Alison Riske to reach the second round stage in Melbourne. Flipkens was in trouble but rallied to claim a gutsy 2-6 7-6 6-3 win over the American. Flipkens has not made It to the third round of a Grand Slam since Wimbledon 2014 and will see this second round match-up as a good opportunity to reverse that trend.

Rybarikova holds a 4-3 head-to-head record over Flipkens. Their only recent match took place in New Haven last year where Flipkens won 6-3 6-4.

Kristina Mladenovic vs Magdalena Rybarikova, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

WTA Elite Trophy, 🇨🇳🌹🐉 Zhuhai RR Preview + Prediction
(1) 🇫🇷 Kristina Mladenovic vs (10) 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova

The top seeded Kristina Mladenovic will begin her WTA Elite Trophy campaign on Wednesday when she comes up against Magdalena Rybarikova in the first match of the day in Zhuhai. Rybarikova got off to a losing start on Tuesday in Zhuhai, succumbing to Julia Goerges 1-6 6-7. Mladenovic will be out to break her astonishing string of 10 consecutive defeats, 9 of which ended in straight sets. It was in Moscow a few weeks ago that Mladenovic’s run of 19 consecutive sets lost was broken, but her losing run of matches remains. Can Mladenovic get off to a winning start in Zhuhai and finally break her winning drought?

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Julia Goerges vs Magdalena Rybarikova, Zhuhai Group Stage Preview

WTA Elite Trophy, 🇨🇳🌹🐉 Zhuhai RR Preview + Prediction
Azalea Group: (7) 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges vs (10) 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova

Tuesday second match of the day in Zhuhai sees an in-form Julia Goerges take on Magdalena Rybarikova. Goerges and Rybarikova have been drawn into the Azalea Group alongside the top seeded Kristina Mladenovic. Goerges and Rybarikova have not gone head-to-head in over 4 years, on that occasion it was Rybarikova who won in 3 tight sets in Cincinnati. This will be an interesting match clash between two contrasting styles.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Magdalena Rybarikova, U.S Open R3 Preview

US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R3 Preview + Prediction
(3) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (31) 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova

Garbine Muguruza continues her U.S Open campaign on Thursday afternoon with a potentially tricky third round clash against Magdalena Rybarikova. Muguruza has stormed through her first two matches at Flushing Meadows in straight sets and continues to be the form player on tour at the moment. Rybarikova also brings good form into this matches after a pair of straight set wins over tough opponents. Rybarikova has twice beaten Muguruza but their most recent match at the semi-final stage at Wimbledon earlier this year ended in a 6-1 6-1 demolition in the Spaniard’s favour.

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Magdalena Rybarikova vs Kristyna Pliskova, U.S Open R2 Preview

US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R2 Preview + Prediction
(31) 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova vs 🇨🇿 Kristyna Pliskova

The 31st seeded Magdalena Rybarikova will face a tough task in the second round at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday as she comes up against the big-serving Kristyna Pliskova. Rybarikova and Pliskova both cruised through their opening round matches on Monday. Rybarikova navigated her way past the always-dangerous Camila Giorgi 6-3 6-4 whilst Pliskova comfortably accounted for Misa Eguchi with a 6-2 6-2 win. This will be the first career meeting between Rybarikova and Pliskova, this should be entertaining match-up between two very contrasting types of competitors.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Magdalena Rybarikova, Wimbledon SF Preview

Wimbledon🌱🏆🎩🇬🇧💂🍓 Semi-Final Match Preview:
SF #1: (14) Garbine Muguruza vs Magdalena Rybarikova

Magdalena Rybarikova’s stunning run at SW19 continues on Thursday as she comes up against Garbine Muguruza for a spot in the final at The Championships. Rybarikova has been the surprise package of the tournament, the Slovakian has spent the majority of 2017 on the ITF circuit after a comeback from injury and had never been past the third round of a Grand Slam prior to the event. Garbine Muguruza is a much more familiar site at this stage of a Grand Slam. The Spaniard will be competing in her third Grand Slam semi-final and will be looking to go one step further than her 2015 runner-up appearance. Muguruza is clearly the more accomplished player but Rybarikova has defied the odds all tournament and will be no pushover here, it looks like this one will get right down to the wire…

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CoCo Vandeweghe vs Magdalena Rybarikova, Wimbledon QF Preview

Wimbledon🌱🎩🇬🇧💂🍓 Quarter-Final Match Preview:
QF #2: (24) 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe vs 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova

CoCo Vandeweghe’s chances of winning the title at SW19 are looking greater and greater. The American’s game is perfectly suited to grass and her game is starting to click when it matters most. Vandeweghe has not dropped a set on route to her second quarter-final showing at a Grand Slam in 2017 and is fresh off an impressive win over Caroline Wozniacki. Vandeweghe’s quarter-final opponent on Tuesday is Magdalena Rybarikova. The Slovakian will be competing in her first Grand Slam quarter-final, having never previously made it past the third round of a major. This match looms as a huge opportunity for both.

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Eugenie Bouchard vs Magdalena Rybarikova, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon 🇬🇧 First Round Match Preview + Prediction
🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard vs 🇸🇰 Magdalena Rybarikova

Eugenie Bouchard will begin her 2016 Wimbledon campaign with a first round match against Magdalena Rybarikova on Tuesday. There will be less pressure placed upon the unseeded Canadian at this year’s championships and that could work in Bouchard’s favour. Bouchard reached the final in London in 2014 but went crashing out of the event at the first round stage in 2015 as she was unable to deal with the expectations placed upon her.

Eugenie Bouchard has no points to defend in 2016 and is seemingly arriving at the Championships in good condition and ready to display some of her best tennis. Bouchard’s preparation for this year’s event has been good. The Canadian played three grass court lead-up events, although Bouchard’s results throughout those events weren’t particularly great the promising thing for Bouchard is that she is healthy and she has had a good amount of matches to adjust to the surface. The Canadian’s level of tennis at Eastbourne last week was particularly encouraging, especially in her opening two matches where she recorded emphatic straight set wins over Lepchenko and Begu before being outplayed by Radwanska at in the third round.

 

Magdalena Rybarikova continues to struggle with ongoing injury problems. The Slovakian has retired from a match in three of her last five events and clearly is struggling to find any type of consistency with all of these interruptions. Rybarikova played just one event on grass before Wimbledon. Rybarikova claimed a solid win over Heather Watson in her first round match in Nottingham before being forced to retire injured in her next match with Tamira Paszek, a typical tournament for Rybarikova these days. Despite all the injury concerns, the Slovakian is still a dangerous opponent on her day as she is capable of playing a high level of tennis and has a fairly unorthodox game.

Eugenie Bouchard won the only previous match between the pair, a 6-4 6-1 win in Beijing back in 2013.

I believe Bouchard is ready for deep run at this year’s championships and I would say that Bouchard is the most dangerous unseeded player in the draw. Bouchard should be good enough to navigate her way through this opening round match relatively comfortably. There could be some tough moments if Rybarikova plays well because the Slovakian can play good tennis on this surface with her serve and volley tactics and her delicate slices and drop shots from the baseline. Bouchard’s superior firepower and better physical condition should see her prevail.

Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Magdalena Rybarikova in 2 sets

Magdalena Rybarikova vs Olga Govortsova, Wimbledon R3 Preview

Wimbledon R3: Magdalena Rybarikova vs (Q) Olga Govortsova

A massive opportunity to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the very first time presents itself on Saturday for Magdalena Rybarikova and Olga Govortsova.

Magdalena Rybarikova produced a stunning performance to upset Ekaterina Makarova 6-2 7-5 in the second round on Thursday. Rybarikova put on a serving clinic, blasting 11 aces past Makarova, whilst hitting 0 double faults. Magdalena finished the match with 26 winners and just 5 unforced errors, the Slovakian mixed things up well from the baseline, exposing Makarova’s poor movement.

Surprisingly, before this week Rybarikova had never won a main draw match at the All England Club. Magdalena’s game is actually well suited to the grass, however she has been dealt some tricky first round opponents in the past (Strycova, Azarenka, Aga Radwanska and Bencic). The Slovaks first round victory over Karin Knapp came via retirement, meaning Magdalena’s first legitimate victory at SW19 was her victory over Makarova, making the result even more impressive.

 

Olga Govortsova has reached the third round of a Grand Slam for just the second time in her career, the first time at Wimbledon. Govortsova has done it the hard way, battling through qualification just to reach the main draw.

The Belarusian thumped Andre Mitu 6-1 6-1 in her opening round match before upsetting Alize Cornet 7-6 2-6 6-1 to set up a third round clash with Magdalena Rybarikova. Govortsova’s win over Alize Cornet is her biggest victory for years, a result which will give her a lot of confidence moving forward.

 

This will be the third career meeting between the pair, the head to head record is currently split at one win apiece. It is Rybarikova who emerged victorious in their most recent encounter, recording a 6-3 3-6 6-2 victory in Monterrey last year.

Rybarikova should have the slight edge in this one. Magdalena’s victory over Makarova was very impressive, if she produces similar tennis on Saturday she will be too good for Govortsova. The Slovak is an all round better player and should have a bit too much class and variety for the Belarusian.

This is a rare chance for both ladies to reach the second week of a Grand Slam, nerves will play a big part in deciding the winner.

Prediction: Magdalena Rybarikova to defeat Govortsova in 3 sets