Marketa Vondrousova vs. Saisai Zheng, Doha R1 Preview

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🇨🇿 (12) Marketa Vondrousova vs. 🇨🇳 Saisai Zheng

The 12th seeded Marketa Vondrousova begins her 2020 Qatar Total Open campaign with an opening round clash against China’s Saisai Zheng. Vondrousova arrives in Doha fresh from a bitterly disappointing second round exit in Dubai at the hands of Jennifer Brady, Vondrousova led that match by a set and a double break before collapsing, the 2019 Roland Garros runner-up will be hoping for a strong response here.

It hasn’t been smooth sailing for Vondrousova in her return to the WTA tour after injury side-lined her for the second half of 2019. Vondrousova recently suffered back-to-back opening round exits at the Australian Open and in St. Petersburg. The 20-year-old snapped her 3-match losing run in Dubai last week where she comfortably defeated Anastasija Sevastova in the opening round before succumbing to Jenifer Brady 4-6 6-4 6-1 despite leading by a set and 4-1.

Saisai Zheng has made a mostly modest start to the 2020 season. Zheng has a 3-4 win/loss record in 2020, Zheng arrives in Doha on the back of an opening round exit at in the qualifying draw in Dubai where she was beaten by Katerina Siniakova in straight sets. Prior to that Zheng was easily beaten by Patricia Maria Tig in Hua Hin where she played an awful match. Zheng did however reach the final of the doubles event in Dubai.

Vondrousova comfortably defeated Zheng in their only previous meeting, a 6-2 6-3 win on grass in Eastbourne last year.

I’m going to side with Vondrousova here. I believe this is a good match-up for Vondrousova. Zheng usually relies on her versatility to undo her opponents but that is unlikely to happen with Vondrousova. The Czech player can better the versatility of Zheng whilst possessing far more power and attacking weapons. Zheng’s net charging tactics will also backfire here as Vondrousova loves a target at the net. Vondrousova is better in all departments and should be smart enough to get through this one pretty comfortably.

Prediction: Marketa Vondrousova to defeat Saisai Zheng in 2 sets
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Ashleigh Barty vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Roland Garros Final Preview

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🇦🇺 (8) Ashleigh Barty vs. 🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova

A new Grand Slam champion will be crowned on Saturday in Paris as the 8th seeded Ashleigh Barty takes on the unseeded Marketa Vondrousova in the 2019 Roland Garros championship match. Barty and Vondrousova will both be competing in their very first Grand Slam singles final, a huge opportunity for both players. It is Barty who heads into this match as the favourite to lift the trophy, Barty is the more experienced player, the higher ranked player and has won both of the previous matches between the pair, but don’t take Vondrousova lightly.

Ash Barty came through a rollercoaster semi-final against Amanda Anisimova to secure her spot in the final. Barty raced to a 5-0 lead in the first set before dropping 10 of the next 11 games to find her self down 6-7 0-3 and seemingly heading for the exit door. However, the Aussie showed true resilience to rebound against a fearless opponent and secure a famous 6-7 6-3 6-3 victory. Barty’s versatility has caused her opponents all types of problems all tournament, she truly is a unique player in the women’s game, Barty’s slice backhand is one of the best shots in the women’s game at the moment.

At just 19-years of age Marketa Vondrousova is through to a Grand Slam final. Vondrousova certainly doesn’t play like a teenager on court. The young Czech star has played with a maturity well beyond her years to reach Saturday’s final without dropping a single set all tournament. Vondrousova’s gutsy 7-5 7-6 semi-final win over Johanna Konta typified her strong character. Vondrousova trailed 3-5 in each set but never lost her cool and eventually wore down Konta with her relentless scrapping from the baseline. Like Barty, Vondrousova is a unique player, she has it all, power, outstanding defense, great touch and a very competent net game.

Barty holds a perfect 2-0 record over Vondrousova. The Aussie has won both of the previous matches between the pair in straight sets, 7-5 7-6 on the Nottingham grass in 2017 whilst more recently Barty claimed a 6-3 7-5 win on a hard court in Cincinnati late last year. This will be their first meeting on clay court and easily the biggest match of both players respective careers. Who will prevail?

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Johanna Konta vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Roland Garros SF Preview

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🇬🇧 (26) Johanna Konta vs. 🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova

An unexpected semi-final match-up at Roland Garros sees the 28th seeded Johanna Konta take on 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova. The stakes couldn’t be much higher, Konta and Vondrousova will both be aiming to reach a maiden Grand Slam final. Both players enter this match full of confidence having claimed successive straight set wins over quality opposition to reach this stage of the tournament, who will prevail?

Johanna Konta is having an unbelievably good clay court season for someone who has never previously even won a main draw match in Paris. It all started in Marrakech where Konta reached her first clay court final before reaching the final in Rome last month. Konta has carried her strong form into Paris where she has played some devastating tennis. The British number 1 navigated her way through the first week of the event with wins over Antonia Lottner, Lauren Davis and Viktoria Kuzmova, Konta’s 3 set win over Davis was the only match she has dropped a set this tournament. Konta’s two most recent victories have been especially impressive, a 6-2 6-4 win over the 23rd seeded Donna Vekic before crushing the 7th seeded Sloane Stephens 6-1 6-4 in a near-flawless serving display.

Marketa Vondrousova has swept through the draw In Paris without dropping a single set to reach the final 4 of a Grand Slam for the first time. The unseeded Czech started the event with wins over Yafan Wang and Anastasia Potapova before beating 3 seeded opponent in a row. Vondrousova cruised past the 28th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4 6-4 before crushing the 12th seeded Anastasija Sevastova 6-2 6-0. Vondrousova’s greatest challenge came at the quarter-final stage where she battled past the 31st seeded Petra Martic 7-6 7-5 in what was a gruelling match that lasted exactly 2 hours. Vondrousova now gets a change at revenge against Johanna Konta, an opponent she recently lost to in Rome.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Vondrousova defeated Konta 7-6 6-4 in Indian Wells last year whilst more recently Konta claimed a 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory in Rome last month. Konta’s recent win over Vondrousova on clay gives her the slight edge heading into this match but Vondrousova will fancy her chances on this occasion.

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Petra Martic vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Roland Garros QF Preview

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🇭🇷 (31) Petra Martic vs. 🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova

A pair of first time quarter-finalists will go head-to-head for a spot in the final 4 at Roland Garros when the 31st seeded Petra Martic comes up against Marketa Vondrousova. On paper this may look like an unexpected quarter-final match-up for a Grand Slam, but Martic and Vondrousova have actually been two of the best performers of the clay court season. Martic has won more matches on the red dirt than anyone else on tour this year whilst Vondrousova has claimed some big wins on the clay over the last few months.

Petra Martic of Croatia in action during her fourth-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Petra Martic stormed through the first week at Roland Garros without dropping a set. Martic started her Paris campaign with easy straight set wins over Ons Jabeur and Kristina Mladenovic before upsetting the 2nd seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-3. Martic’s greatest battle came in the round of 16 where she managed to reach a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final in her fifth fourth round appearance thanks to a 5-7 6-2 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi. Martic had to battle mental demons in her win over Kanepi, she almost blew her greatest chance to reach the final 8 at a slam but got over the line in what was a tense match.

Marketa Vondrousova arrived in Paris having only won 6 main draw matches at the Grand Slam level. Now Vondrousova is suddenly in a maiden quarter-final in Paris thanks to some devastating tennis. Vondrousova has cruised into the final 8 without dropping a set, in fact she has rarely even been tested. Vondrousova started the event with easy wins over Yafan Wang and Anastasia Potapova before eliminating the 28th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4 6-4. Vondrousova booked her spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-0 thrashing of the 12th seeded Anastasija Sevastova. The young Czech star will need to keep up her recent great form if she is to advance any further when she takes on an opponent she is struggled against in recent times.

Petra Martic heads into this clash with a strong 4-0 head-to-head record over Marketa Vondrousova. All 4 of the meetings between the pair have been in the last couple of years. Their most recent match took place in the Istanbul final a few months ago, Martic claimed a 1-6 6-4 6-1 victory on that occasion. Martic won all 3 of their previous matches in straight sets, all on a hard court. Can an in form Vondrousova make it fifth time lucky against the Croatian?

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Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇪🇸 (28) Carla Suarez Navarro vs. 🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova

An interesting third round match-up from Roland Garros on Friday sees Carla Suarez Navarro and Marketa Vondrousova go head-to-head for the first time. This match-up sees experience take on youth. Suarez Navarro has reached the second week in Paris on 5 previous occasions whilst Vondrousova is one of the brightest young prospects on tour and is in great form at the moment. Who will prevail?

Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in action during her second-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Carla Suarez Navarro has struggled to find her best tennis for the majority of 2019 but may be peaking just at the right time. The Spaniard has consistently performed well in Paris over the years, she has now reached the third round in 7 of her last 8 visits to Roland Garros. Suarez Navarro started her 2019 campaign with a hard-fought 2-6 7-6 6-0 win over an in-form Dayana Yastremska. The 28th seed booked her spot in the third round by defeating Shelby Rogers 6-1 6-7 6-3 to set up a clash with Vondrousova.

Marketa Vondrousova has cruised through her first couple of matches in Paris. The 19-year-old started the event with a 6-4 6-3 win over Yafan Wang before defeating Anastasia Potapova 6-4 6-0. Vondrousova has won 19 of her last 24 matches, a streak that has seen her claim a few wins over grand slam champions Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko as well as multiple other wins over established top 30 players.

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

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Simona Halep vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Indian Wells R4 Preview

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🇷🇴 (2) Simona Halep vs. 🇨🇿 Marketa Vondrousova

Simona Halep continues her BNP Paribas Open campaign on Tuesday with a fourth round clash against Marketa Vondrousova. The world number 2 has made a good start to the tournament as she attempts to win her second Indian Wells title having gone all the way in 2015.

Simona Halep of Romania in action during her third-round match at the 2019 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Halep has come through two reasonably tough matches in straight sets to reach the fourth round in Indian Wells. Halep started the tournament with a competitive 6-2 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova after receiving a bye through the first round. Halep confirmed her place in the fourth round with a hard-fought 7-6 7-5 win over Kateryna Kozlova, Halep was made to work especially hard in this match, perhaps the test she needed as she heads into the business end of the tournament.

Marketa Vondrousova continues to rise up the WTA standings. Vondrousova has defeated 3 tricky opponents on route to the fourth round in Indian Wells. Vondrousova started the event with a 6-4 7-6 win over Laura Siegemund before upsetting last year’s runner up: Daria Kasatkina 6-2 6-1. Vondrousova’s toughest test came against Jelena Ostapenko in the third round, Vondrousova overcame several deficits to ultimately claim a 4-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

This will be the first career meeting between Halep and Vondrousova. Can the young Czech cause the world number 2 any real problems?

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Elina Svitolina vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Stuttgart R2 Preview

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🇺🇦 (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

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🇨🇿 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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