Yulia Putintseva vs. Qiang Wang, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva vs. 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang

A huge opportunity presents itself to Yulia Putintseva and Qiang Wang when the pair meet at the third round stage at Roland Garros on Friday. This is rare territory for Putintseva and Wang, Putintseva will be aiming to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the second time whilst Wang will be playing to reach the second week of a Grand Slam for the very first time. Who will step up an make the most of this opportunity?

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Roland Garros is proving to be a happy hunting ground for Yulia Putintseva yet again. Putintseva had the best tournament of her career in Paris in 2016 when she reached the quarter-final stage in what was the only time Putintseva has reached the second week of a Grand Slam. The Kazakh is now in a great position to emulate that run after comfortable straight set wins over Johanna Konta and Jennifer Brady in the first two rounds. The draw is open for Yulia to again reach the final 8 in Paris.

Qiang Wang has already broken new ground in Paris. Wang is into the third round at a Grand Slam for the first time, surprisingly it has happened in Paris on her least preferred surface. Wang has claimed two big upset wins to reach the third round, a 6-4 7-5 win over the 9th seeded Venus Williams before crushing Petra Martic 6-1 6-1 in what was very surprisingly one-sided match.

This will be the first career meeting between Putintseva and Wang. Both will see this as a very winnable match, a big opportunity to reach the round of 16 at Roland Garros, Who wins?

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Petra Martic vs. Qiang Wang, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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🇭🇷 Petra Martic vs. 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang

Petra Martic and Qiang Wang will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the second round stage at Roland Garros on Wednesday. The draw has opened up nicely for these two, the winner of this match will face either Yulia Putintseva and Jennifer Brady in the next round, both Martic and Wang would see either of those potential opponents as very beatable meaning both have a great chance to reach the second week in Paris.

Wang Qiang of China in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Petra Martic has reached the second week at the 3 of the last 4 Grand Slam events. Martic is now in a favourable position to reach that spot again in Paris. The Croatian started the event with a comfortable 6-2 6-3 victory against China’s Yafan Wang. Martic has been extremely consistent in 2018, almost always winning the matches that she is expected to win, a good habit to have.

Qiang Wang caused one of the biggest upsets on day 1 in Paris as she defeated the 9th seeded Venus Williams 6-4 7-5. Wang’s victory over Venus was undoubtedly one of the biggest wins of her career and it was just her second main draw victory at Roland Garros.

Martic and Wang will both view this is a winnable match, both are very consistent players so we should expect a tight match here. Who will prevail?

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Simona Halep vs Qiang Wang, Indian Wells R4 Preview

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🇷🇴 (1) Simona Halep vs. 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang

Simona Halep continues her 2018 BNP Paribas Open campaign on Tuesday with a round of 16 clash against China’s Qiang Wang. The world number 1 and 2015 Indian Wells champion will head into this fourth round clash as a strong favourite in what will be the first career meeting between the pair. Halep will be determined to have a much more straightforward victory compared to her scare in the previous round.

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Halep survived a real scare in her third round clash at the BNP Paribas Open. The Romanian came from a set down to defeat American wild card Caroline Dolehide 1-6 7-6 6-2. Halep was outplayed for the first set and a half before eventually waring down her young opponent to avoid a big upset. Prior to that, Halep received a bye through the opening round before claiming a 6-4 6-4 win over Kristyna Pliskova. Halep has been very consistent in 2018 and has come through some tough situations, winning matches that she would have lost in the past, such as her match against Dolehide on Sunday.

Qiang Wang is having her best tournament of the season thus far. Wang started the event with a couple of 3 set victories over Timea Bacsinszky and Elise Mertens. Wang confirmed her spot in the fourth round of the first premier mandatory event of the season with a 6-1 6-2 victory over the 14th seeded Kristina Mladenovic. Wang was yet to really get going in 2018 before arriving in Indian Wells. Her run to the round of 16 is just the spark she needs to ignite her season.

This will be the first time Halep and Wang have gone H2H, who will emerge victorious?

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Kristina Mladenovic vs Qiang Wang, Indian Wells R3 Preview

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🇫🇷 (14) Kristina Mladenovic vs. 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang

An interesting third round clash from the Californian desert sees the 14th seeded Kristina Mladenovic take on China’s Qiang Wang at the BNP Paribas Open. Wang has proven to be a very troublesome opponent for Mladenovic, Wang thrashed Mladenovic 6-0 6-0 in Tokyo last year in what was probably the low point in Mladenovic’s career. The Frenchwoman has turned her fortunes around of late, the 2017 Indian Wells semi-finalist will head into this match with a point to prove.

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Mladenovic’s slump seems to be behind her. Mladenovic has had some good results of late, including a run to the final in St. Petersburg and more recently a quarter-final showing in Acapulco. Mladenovic received bye through the opening round in Indian Wells before confirming her spot in the third round with a 7-5 7-5 win over Sam Stosur. It was a gutsy win for Mladenovic, especially her effort in the second set given she faced break points to go 1-5 down before recovering to close out the match in straight sets.

Qiang Wang booked her place in the third round at the BNP Paribas Open courtesy of a couple of hard-fought 3 set victories. Wang started the week with a topsy-turvy 6-0 4-6 6-2 win over Timea Bacsinszky before coming from a set down to upset the 22nd seeded Elise Mertens 4-6 6-3 6-3. Wang’s win over Mertens was her best win of the season thus far, a confidence boosting win for the 26-year-old.

Wang has won both of the previous matches between the pair, both in straight sets, both on a hard court in 2017. A 6-1 6-4 win in Dubai and a 6-0 6-0 win in Tokyo.

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Madison Keys vs Qiang Wang, Australian Open R1 Preview

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(17) 🇺🇸 Madison Keys vs 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang

An interesting opening round clash at Melbourne Park sees Madison Keys come up against China’s Qiang Wang. Madison Keys is one of many serious contenders to claim a maiden Grand Slam title in 2018. Keys came agonizingly close to winning that maiden Grand Slam title in 2017 when she reached the final at the U.S Open. Keys is yet to win a match since reaching the U.S Open final and will face a tough early test in Melbourne against Wang, a very solid, consistent opponent.

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Madison Keys was unable to compete at the Australian Open in 2017 due to injury. Keys will be excited to be back in Melbourne, the scene of her first major breakthrough at a Grand Slam. Keys made it through to the semi-finals at Melbourne Park in 2015. Keys does not have good form heading into this event having not won a competitive match for months. There is no doubt that Madison’s best tennis is up there with the best, however her worst tennis is bad enough to make her vulnerable at these early stages of the first Grand Slam of the year.

Qiang Wang played in just 1 event in the lead up to Melbourne. Wang suffered a surprise opening round loss in Shenzhen, beaten by Alison Riske in straight sets. The quick hard courts in Melbourne should favour the game of Wang, the Chinese woman has struggled on the big stage and would like to change that in 2018. A match with Keys in the opening round in Melbourne is the perfect opportunity for Wang to claim a big scalp at a major event.

Qiang Wang vs Samantha Stosur, Hong Kong QF Preview

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QF: 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang vs 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur
Qiang Wang and Sam Stosur will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the quarter-final stage in Hong Kong on Friday evening. Wang has had a very solid season and has been fairly consistent on hard courts throughout the year. Conversely, Stosur has struggled on hard courts of late but does enter this match fresh off a confidence boosting three set win over Agnieszka Radwanska, one of the Australian’s biggest wins on a hard court this year. Can Stosur keep her Hong Kong run going or will Wang be too solid?

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Venus Williams vs Qiang Wang, Wimbledon R2 Preview

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(10) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams vs 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang

Venus Williams continues her 2017 Wimbledon campaign on Wednesday with a second round clash against China’s Qiang Wang. This is a very emotional time for Venus who is dealing with some serious off-court issues. The American looked solid enough in her opening round match, beating Elise Mertens 7-6 6-4. Venus did breakdown in her post-match press conference and is clearly a little vulnerable at the moment, nevertheless, tennis will be a good escape for Venus and she should like nothing more than to keep her run going at SW19.

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Venus Williams vs Qiang Wang, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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(10) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams vs 🇨🇳 Qiang Wang

Roland Garros has long been the least successful Grand Slam for Venus Williams. However, the veteran American continues to defy the odds, reaching her first Grand Slam final since 2009 earlier this year in Melbourne. That success will give Venus confidence heading into Paris, Venus was able to reach the second week in Paris last year and will be hoping to repeat that in 2017, Venus opens her 2017 Roland Garros campaign against Qiang Wang.

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