Elina Svitolina vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Stuttgart R2 Preview

Porsche Tennis GP, Stuttgart R2 Preview
🇺🇦 (3) Elina Svitolina vs. 🇨🇿 (Q) Marketa Vondrousova

Elina Svitolina will begin her 2018 Stuttgart campaign with a second round clash against Czech Qualifier Marketa Vondrousova. Svitolina is competing in Stuttgart for the first time in her career, the third seed received a bye through the opening round. Svitolina easily defeated Vondrousova earlier this year in Dubai, can the teenager can this a more competitive encounter?

Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in action at the 2018 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix

Elina Svitolina has been typically consistent in 2018 but her results are the biggest tournaments have not been terrific. Svitolina arrives in Stuttgart having not played an event for a couple of weeks, her last outing was a quarter-final appearance in Miami where she was beaten by Jelena Ostapenko in straight sets. Clay is arguably Svitolina’s best surface, the 2017 Rome champion will be hoping to add a few titles to her collection over the coming months, ideally a major.

Marketa Vondrousova is already having a great week in Stuttgart. Vondrousova made her way through a tough qualifying draw, the 19-year-old went the distance in all 3 of her wins, beating Karolina Muchova, Oceane Dodin and Carina Witthoeft to secure a spot in the main draw. Vondrousova’s most impressive performance of the event thus far came at the opening round stage of the main draw, a surprisingly comprehensive 6-2 6-2 victory over Julia Goerges. It was a clinical performance by Vondrousova who did not face a break point all match.

The only previous match between the pair ended in a 6-2 6-4 win for Svitolina in Doha earlier this year.

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Marketa Vondrousova vs Petra Martic, Indian Wells R4 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells R4 Preview
🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova vs. 🇭🇷 Petra Martic

An outstanding opportunity presents itself to Marketa Vondrousova and Petra Martic when they meet at the fourth round stage of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday. Both Vondrousova and Martic are in uncharted territory at a premier mandatory level event, both will be fighting to reach the quarter-finals at this level of event for the very first time, a big match for both ladies. Who will make this most of this opportunity?

Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in action at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Vondrousova and Martic have both strolled through the draw at the BNP Paribas Open, both have yet to drop a set on route to the fourth round, both have overcome higher fancied opponents to reach the round of 16.

Vondrousova started the week with a comfortable win over Madison Brengle before claiming one of the biggest wins of her career as she eliminated the 11th seeded Johanna Konta with a hard-fought 7-6 6-4 victory. Vondrousova confirmed her spot in the final 16 at a premier mandatory event for the first time with a surprisingly comfortable 6-2 6-2 win over Aryna Sabalenka.

Petra Martic is becoming a bit of a specialist at big events. Martic has now reached the fourth round stage at Roland Garros, Wimbledon, the Australian Open and now the BNP Paribas Open within the last 12 months. On the 3 previous occasions, Martic was unable to take the next step, but Tuesday’s match against Vondrousova looms as Martic’s best chance to do so. Martic is in great form this week, the Croatian started the event with a comfortable win over Tatjana Maria before claiming back-to-back upsets over seeded opponents, a 7-5 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova and a 6-3 6-3 Jelena Ostapenko.

It was Martic who won the only previous match between the pair, a 7-6 6-3 victory earlier this year in Auckland.

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