Petra Martic vs Elise Mertens, Australian Open R4 Preview

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๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Petra Martic vs ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ช Elise Mertens

An unexpected fourth round match-up at Melbourne Park on Sunday sees Petra Martic take on Elise Mertens. This is a huge opportunity for Martic and Mertens, both ladies will be playing to reach the quarter-final stage of a Grand Slam for the very first time. To add to the tension, this will be the first career meeting between Martic and Mertens.

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Petra Martic has made a good habit of saving her best tennis for Grand Slam events. Martic came through the qualifying draw to reach the round of 16 at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon last year and now finds herself at the round 16 stage at Melbourne Park for the first time. Martic started the event with a couple of tough straight set wins over Alison Van Uytvanck and Irina-Camelia Begu. Martic confirmed her spot in the round 16 with a 6-3 3-6 7-5 win over Lesia Kumkhum. The final set of Marticโ€™s win over Kumkhum was one of the most entertaining sets of tennis of the tournament thus far. The pair remained on serve until 5-5 where Martic finally broke the Kumkhum serve before she successfully served out the match. Martic kept her cool under pressure very impressively in the final set against Kumkhum.

Elise Mertens is in awesome form. Mertens arrived in Melbourne on a high having successfully defended her Hobart title. Mertens has cruised through to the round of 16 in Melbourne without dropping a set, the first time she has reached this stage of a Grand Slam. Mertens started the event with wins over Viktoria Kuzmova and Daria Gavrilova before securing her spot in the round of 16 with a 7-5 6-4 win over Alize Cornet in brutally hot conditions.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair.

Lesia Kumkhum vs Petra Martic, Australian Open R3 Preview

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๐Ÿ‡น๐Ÿ‡ญ (Q) Lesia Kumkhum vs ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฟ Petra Martic

Lesia Kumkhum and Petra Martic will face off in an unlikely third round match-up at Melbourne Park. Kumkhum produced one of the biggest upsets of the tournament in the second round as she convincingly defeated the in-form Belinda Bencic in straight sets. Petra Martic also reached the third round with a win over a more accomplished player, defeating Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets. This will be the first career meeting between Kumkhum and Martic, probably the biggest match of both ladies respective careers.

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Lesia Kumkhum has already won 5 matches in Melbourne having come through the qualifying draw to reach the main draw. Kumkhum has won all 5 of her matches this week in straight sets. In the main draw, the Thai player defeated Johanna Larsson 6-3 7-5 in the opening round before shocking Belinda Bencic with an inspired performance to win 6-1 6-3. Kumkhumโ€™s victory over Bencic was up there in terms of the best wins of her career.

Petra Martic has had good success at the Grand Slam level in recent times. Martic reached the fourth round stage at Roland Garros and Wimbledon last year and now has a great opportunity to do the same thing in Melbourne. Martic started the week with a 7-6 6-3 win over Alison Van Uytvanck before securing her spot in the third round with a hard-fought 6-4 7-6 win over Irina-Camelia Begu. Martic has done well in the important moments this week, especially in her win over Begu. The Romanian served for the second set but Martic fought hard, saving 3 set points before forcing a tiebreak which she eventually won.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair, both will be aiming to reach the second week at Melbourne Park for the first time.

Agnieszka Radwanska vs Petra Martic, U.S Open R1 Preview

US Open, ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ—ฝ๐Ÿš• R1 Preview + Prediction
(10) ๐Ÿ‡ต๐Ÿ‡ฑ Agnieszka Radwanska vs ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Petra Martic

Agnieszka Radwanska will begin her 2017 U.S Open campaign with a potentially dangerous opening round clash against Croatiaโ€™s Petra Martic. The U.S Open has traditionally been one of Agaโ€™s least successful major tournaments and Pole has generally been far from her best in 2017. However, Radwanska showed signs of improvements last week in New Haven and in a field that is quite open, Radwanska may be able to go on her first deep run at a Grand Slam in 2017. Radwanska has a perfect 2-0 record over Martic, nevertheless, the Croatian has shown in 2017 that she is a threat at major tournaments.

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Daria Gavrilova vs Petra Martic, Wimbledon R1 Preview

Wimbledon ๐Ÿ‡ฌ๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ’‚๐Ÿ“ Day 2, R1 Match Preview:
(20) ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡บ Daria Gavrilova vs (Q) ๐Ÿ‡ญ๐Ÿ‡ท Petra Martic

With Sam Stosur not in action at SW19, Daria Gavrilova will be the only seeded Australian in the main draw. Gavrilova will begin her 2017 Wimbledon campaign with what looks like a favourable draw, Gavrilova will come up against Croatian qualifier Petra Martic on Tuesday. Grass has always been Gavrilovaโ€™s least preferred surface, whilst Petra Martic will be sharp having come through the qualifying draw, this looms as a potential upset.

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