Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs Petra Kvitova, Sydney R1 Preview

Sydney International, R1 Preview
🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova

A big-hitting affair at the Sydney International sees Mirjana Lucic-Baroni come up against Petra Kvitova in the opening round. Petra Kvitova will be making her 2018 debut in Sydney, the Czech was supposed to start her year in Brisbane last week but pulled out of her first round match due to illness. Kvitova, a former champion in Sydney, will look to gain momentum in Sydney before heading to Melbourne.

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Lucic-Baroni did compete in Brisbane last week. Lucic-Baroni was eliminated in the second round, beaten by Alize Cornet in straight sets. The Croatian’s first round win was a straight set win over Tatjana Maria.

Surprisingly, this will be the first career meeting between Lucic-Baroni and Kvitova. Don’t expect to see many long rallies in this match-up as two of the most aggressive players on tour go head-to-head.

Alize Cornet vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Brisbane R2 Preview

Brisbane International, R2 Preview
🇫🇷 Alize Cornet vs 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

An interesting second round match-up at the Brisbane International sees Alize Cornet come up against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. This match-up features a huge contrast in styles, the explosive power of Lucic-Baroni up against the flare and touch of Cornet. The Frenchwoman heads into this match with a 2-1 record over the Croatian.

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Alize Cornet, the 2017 runner-up at the Brisbane International seemed down and out in her opening round match against Caroline Garcia. Cornet got lucky after she beaten in the opening set, Garcia’s level dropped off as she struggled with back injury. Garcia ultimately retied after losing the second set, handing Cornet a passage through to the second round.

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni advanced to the second round in Brisbane by claiming her 400th career victory, a topsy-turvy 6-4 4-6 6-0 victory over Tatjana Maria. Lucic-Baroni struggled late in the second set, calling for the trainer on a few occasions. The Croatian caught fire in the third set, hitting winner after winning to move past the German.

Cornet holds a 2-1 record over Lucic-Baroni however it was the Croatian who won their most recent match. Lucic-Baroni won 6-4 6-1 at the U.S Open in 2016.

Monica Puig vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni U.S Open R1 Preview

US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R1 Preview + Prediction
(29) 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs 🇵🇷 Monica Puig

An interesting opening round clash from Flushing Meadows on Monday sees Mirjana Lucic-Baroni take on Monica Puig in what will be a battle of two of the most inconsistent players on tour. Lucic-Baroni and Puig have both struggled to find their best tennis during the lead-up to New York, both remain dangerous and capable of significantly raising their level at any given tournament, Puig has won both of the previous matches between the pair so she will be able to take some kind of confidence into this match despite her recent poor form.

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Shuai Peng vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, New Haven R2 Preview

Connecticut Open, 🇺🇸🏫 New Haven preview + prediction
R2: (8) 🇨🇳 Shuai Peng vs 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

Tuesday’s second match of the night session at the Connecticut Open will be an interesting contest between the 8th seeded Shuai Peng and the always-dangerous Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Peng and Lucic-Baroni both arrived in New Haven having lost back-to-back matches to begin their U.S Open series campaign. Both will be desperate to turn their fortunes around in New Haven before heading to New York next week. Peng and Lucic-Baroni both got back to the winners list courtesy of tough first round wins in New Haven and will look build momentum with a victory on Tuesday evening.

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Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Cincinnati R1 Preview

Western & Southern Open, 🇺🇸🌉 Cincinnati R1 Preview + Prediction
🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni’s form has severely dropped away towards the second half of the year after a brilliant start to the year that saw her make history by reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Lucic-Baroni has lost 7 of her last 9 matches and will be looking to reignite her season in Cincinnati, starting with a difficult first round clash against Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard has won both of the previous matches between the pair and will like her chances of continuing her unbeaten record over the Croatian.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Miami QF Preview

Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌴🐬 QF Match Preview
(2) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs (26) 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

A rematch of the Australian Open quarter-finals will take place at the same stage of the Miami Open as the second seeded Karolina Pliskova comes up against her nemesis Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Pliskova was stunned by Lucic-Baroni at the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open earlier this year, one of the most disappointing losses of Karolina’s career, a match that would certainly still haunt her.

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Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs Belinda Bencic, Acapulco R1 Preview

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, 🇲🇽🍐 Acapulco R1 Preview
(1) 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs 🇨🇭 Belinda Bencic

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni will be in unfamiliar territory as she enters the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL as the top seed. Lucic-Baroni will be in action for the first time since her extraordinary run to the semi-finals at the Australian Open in January. The 34-year-old may be the top seed but she will be the underdog heading into her first round match where she faces Belinda Bencic, Bencic is on a 6 match losing streak at WTA tour events and will be desperate to reverse that trend in Acapulco.

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Serena Williams vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni Australian Open SF Preview

Australian Open, 🇦🇺 Semi-Final #2 match preview
(2) 🇺🇸 Serena Williams vs 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

Serena Williams and Mirjana Lucic-Baroni first went head-to-head in Sydney in 1998. On Thursday, almost two decades later, the pair will meet at the semi-final stage of the Australian Open. Lucic-Baroni’s fairytale story has gone on for longer than anyone could have expected, the Croat is now unbelievably just two wins away from achieving one of the great sporting miracles. In her way is the 22-time Grand Slam champion, Serena Williams. Serena will is now within touching distance of Grand Slam 23 which will see her surpass Steffi Graff which will leave the American as the most successful champion in the open era.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, Australian Open QF Preview

Australian Open, 🇦🇺 Quarter-Final #3 match preview
(5) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

Karolina Pliskova will be an overwhelming favourite heading into Wednesday’s quarter-final clash with Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Many viewed Pliskova as one to look out for at the majors in 2017, so far, the world number 5 has lived up to expectations, winning the title in Brisbane and now reaching her second Grand Slam quarter-final. Mirjana Lucic-Baroni is on a magical run, the last time the Croat reached this stage of a Grand Slam was all the way back in 1999, an outstanding achievement.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni Australian Open R2 Preview

Australian Open, 🇦🇺 Second Round Match preview
(3) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

Agnieszka Radwanska is still searching for an elusive maiden Grand Slam title. The Polish world number 3 will be making one last push over the next couple of seasons to achieve her ultimate goal. The Australian Open has been Aga’s second most successful slam having reached the semi-final stage on two previous occasions, Aga will be hoping to go one step better in 2017 and she should have little trouble on Thursday evening against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni.

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