Garbine Muguruza vs. Samantha Stosur, Roland Garros R3 Preview

Roland Garros, R3 Preview
🇪🇸 (3) Garbine Muguruza vs. 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

A blockbuster third round clash in Paris on Saturday sees the 3rd seeded Garbine Muguruza takes on Samantha Stosur, a heavyweight battle in the opening week at Roland Garros. Muguruza and Stosur both have great records at Roland Garros, Muguruza a former champion, Stosur a former finalist. The pair enter this match in good shape after consecutive straight set wins, who will step up and win this exciting match?

Garbine Muguruza of Spain during the first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Garbine Muguruza was dealt an extremely tough opening round draw in Paris. The 2016 Roland Garros champion was unfazed as she defeated fellow former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 6-2. They key to that match was the 7-0 first set tiebreak for the Spaniard. Muguruza booked her spot in the third round with a surprisingly tough 6-4 6-3 win over Fiona Ferro.

Sam Stosur has also come through a dangerous section of the draw. Stosur started the week with a commanding 6-2 6-4 win over Yanina Wickmayer before defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 7-6. Stosur was behind for most of the second set but a beak as Pavlyuchenkova served for the set turned the match in Stosur’s favour as she cruised to victory in the second set tiebreak.

Muguruza holds a 2-1 H2H record over Stosur. The most recent match between the pair took place in Brisbane last year, Muguruza claimed an extremely hard-fought 7-5 6-7 7-5 victory. Muguruza also defeated Stosur at the semi-final stage at Roland Garros in 2016, a 6-2 6-4 win.

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Samantha Stosur, Roland Garros R2 Preview

Roland Garros, R2 Preview
🇷🇺 (30) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Samantha Stosur will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage in Paris on Thursday. This is a tough early round draw, Pavlyuchenkova enters this match in great form having won the title in Strasbourg last week whilst Stosur has an outstanding record at Roland Garros and is always tough to beat in Paris.

Sam Stosur of Australia during the first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

After a terrible start to the season Pavlyuchenkova has finally found some form. Pavlyuchenkova is on a 6-match winning streak after winning an epic 3 and a half hour final against Dominika Cibulkova in Strasbourg last week to claim her first title of the year. Pavlyuchenkova secured her spot in the second round in Paris with a hard-fought 6-4 7-6 victory over Polona Hercog.

Sam Stosur cruised into the second round in Paris with an easy 6-2 6-4 win over Yanina Wickmayer. Stosur was always in control of the match and despite a slight wobble in the second set it was a fairly convincing performance by the Aussie. Stosur has an outstanding 31-9 win/loss record at Roland Garros since 2009, consistently performing well at her favourite Grand Slam.

Pavlyuchenkova holds a 4-3 head-to-head record over Stosur. It was Stosur who won their most recent match, a 6-1 6-7 6-3 victory in Madrid earlier this year. Prior to that victory for Stosur it was the Russian who won 4 matches in a row over the Aussie.

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Samantha Stosur vs. Camila Giorgi, Prague QF Preview

J&T Banka Prague Open, QF Preview
🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur vs. 🇮🇹 Camila Giorgi

The pick of the quarter-final clashes on Thursday from the Prague open sees Samantha Stosur take on Camila Giorgi in what should be an exciting encounter between two powerful opponents. Stosur and Giorgi have both looked good this week, both enter this quarter-final clash with confidence after straight set victories in the second round. Giorgi is looking particularly dangerous but can the experienced Aussie tame the ultra-aggressive Italian?

Sam Stosur had a bizarre start to the tournament in Prague. Stosur looked set for a straight set win over compatriot Daria Gavrilova before Gavrilova fought back and pushed the match to a decider. Gavrilova ultimately retired injured before the third set even started. Stosur’s second round win was a more conventional victory, a solid 6-4 6-4 win over Denisa Allertova to reach her first quarter-final of 2018. Stosur’s strong serving was the highlight of her victory over Allertova, winning over 80% of service points behind her first and second serve.

Camila Giorgi seems to be catching fire after a slow couple of months. Giorgi is now into back-to-back quarter-finals having reached the Lugano quarter-finals a few weeks ago. Giorgi started the week with a topsy-turvy 6-0 2-6 6-2 win over Barbora Strycova, Giorgi’s best tennis in that match was almost unplayable, certainly for Strycova it was. Giorgi secured her spot in a third quarter-final of 2018 with a 6-4 6-2 win over Tamara Korpatsch, a good win for Giorgi considering she trailed early in each set.

The only previous match between the pair ended in a 7-6 6-7 6-1 win for Stosur at the US Open in 2016.

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Monica Puig vs Samantha Stosur, Miami R1 Preview

Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌞🐬🌴 R1 Preview
🇵🇷 Monica Puig vs 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

Monica Puig and Samantha Stosur will renew hostilities when they meet at the opening round stage of the 2018 Miami Open. Puig and Stosur played out a dramatic opening round clash at the Australian Open earlier this year, a match where Puig came from a set down and saved match point on route to a memorable victory. Undoubtedly, Stosur’s loss to Puig in Melbourne was a devastating one, the Aussie will head into this match in Miami with revenge on her mind.

Monica Puig is still yet to claim back-to-back main draw victories in 2018. The Puerto Rican continues to be a disappointment, we know that the Rio gold medallists best is good but we scarcely see her best tennis, certainly not on a consistent basis. Puig will hope she can finally build some momentum this week in Miami, a second home to the 24-year-old, certainly conditions she will feel comfortable in.

Sam Stosur is also yet to win back-to-back main draw matches in 2018 and has for the most part continued to underachieve just like Puig has. Like Puig, Stosur was eliminated in the second round in Indian Wells last week. Stosur started the event with a positive 3 set win over Lauren Davis before suffering a straight set win to Kristina Mladenovic. Stosur had leads in each set in her loss to Mladenovic so it was a typically disappointing result and manner in which the Aussie lost.




Stosur holds a 4-2 head-to-head record over Puig. However, it is Puig who has won the last couple of matches between the pair. Puig defeated Stosur 6-4 6-4 in Sydney in 2016, most recently Puig beat Stosur 4-6 7-6 6-4 at the Australian Open earlier this year. So, both can take confidence from the head-to-head record.

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Kristina Mladenovic vs Samantha Stosur, Indian Wells R2 Preview

BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells R2 Preview
🇫🇷 (14) Kristina Mladenovic vs. 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

The 14th seeded Kristina Mladenovic will begin her 2018 BNP Paribas Open campaign with a difficult second round clash against Australia’s Samantha Stosur. Mladenovic went on a big run to the semi-finals at this event 12 months ago, as a result she has a significant chunk of points to defend over the next fortnight, the pressure is on the Frenchwoman. Adding to the pressure is the fact that Stosur has a 4-0 H2H record over Mladenovic, will Stosur maintain her unbeaten record against Mladenovic?

Mladenovic has managed to gain some kind of momentum over the last month. The 24-year-old ignited her season with a run to the final in St. Petersburg before heroically guiding France into the Fed Cup semi-finals. Mladenovic arrives in Indian Wells fresh off a quarter-final showing in Acapulco. However there have been some poor losses of late, including a miserable loss to Lesia Tsurenko at the quarter-final stage in Acapulco last week. This second round clash in Indian Wells looms as a critical moment in the season for Mladenovic, a win would be huge, a loss would be another blow to her confidence.

Sam Stosur booked her spot in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open with a 3-6 6-3 6-3 victory over Lauren Davis, the win extended Stosur’s unbeaten record against Davis to 4-0. Stosur has managed to build some momentum over the last month, Stosur won 3 consecutive matches for the first time in a while as she successfully came through the qualifying draw in Dubai a few weeks ago. The surface in Indian Wells is certainly favourable for Stosur as she gets plenty of time to run around and hit her forehand more often than not.

Stosur holds an unbeaten 4-0 record over Mladenovic, a 2-0 record on hard courts. The most recent match between the pair took place in Washington in 2015, Stosur won that match 6-2 6-2. Clearly this is a favourable match-up for Stosur.

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Samantha Stosur vs Monica Puig, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R1 Preview
🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur vs 🇵🇷 Monica Puig

Samantha Stosur begins yet another Australian Open campaign on Monday when she comes up against Monica Puig. Stosur’s struggles at her home Grand Slam event have been well documented over the years, Stosur has not reached the second week of the event since 2010. At 33, Stosur will know she will not have many more chances in Melbourne, the Aussie would love nothing more than to go on a deep run at Melbourne Park. Stosur will have her work cut out to avoid a third consecutive opening round loss in Melbourne when she takes on Monica Puig in the opening round.

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Stosur has had a decent preparation for the first Grand Slam of the year. Stosur was again beaten in the opening round at the Brisbane International, beaten by Anastasija Sevastova in straight sets. Stosur then went on to play in Sydney where she came from a set down to claim an impressive win over Carina Witthoeft. The second was where Stosur’s ran came to an end, beaten by Daria Gavrilova in straight sets. Stosur had a good summer of training and after a few matches against quality opposition she will feel ready to go in Melbourne.

Monica Puig had a disappointing 2017 and is continuing to underachieve. Puig was unable to gain much needed momentum in the weeks prior to the first Grand Slam of the year. Puig was beaten by Julia Goerges in the opening round in Auckland, a tough draw but Puig did push Goerges to a third set, the only player to achieve that in Auckland as Goerges won the title. In Sydney Puig stumbled at the final stage of qualifying.

Stosur holds a 4-1 head-to-head advantage over Puig. However it was Puig who won their most recent match, a 6-4 6-4 victory in Sydney in 2016.

Daria Gavrilova vs Samantha Stosur, Sydney R2 Preview

Sydney International 🇦🇺🦈 R2 Preview
🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova vs (wc) 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

Two local crowd favourites will go head-to-head on Wednesday at the Sydney International as Aussie duo Daria Gavrilova and Samantha Stosur face off in the second round. Gavrilova and Stosur both survived extremely tough opening round matches on Tuesday, both claiming tight 3 set victories. This will be an interesting contest between two contrasting characters and styles of tennis. Which Aussie will book a spot in the quarter-finals?

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Daria Gavrilova laboured through her opening round match in Sydney, beating Olivia Rogowska 6-4 1-6 7-5. Gavrilova was forced to work much harder than expected against a player ranked well over 100 spots below her. Nevertheless, it could be the type of difficult match Gavrilova needs in order to have a good week in Sydney.

Samantha Stosur made a poor start to the season in Brisbane last week where she was easily beaten by Anastasija Sevastova. Stosur made a much better start in Sydney, claiming a much needed 3 set win over Carina Witthoeft, ensuring Stosur would not go winless through the Aussie summer. Stosur was seemingly on track for another opening round loss on Aussie soil when she dropped the opening set but the veteran was able to eventually turn the match around by winning critical points behind her serve whilst under real pressure.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Most recently it was Stosur who won a tight 3 set match in the Strasbourg final on clay in 2017.

Samantha Stosur vs Carina Witthoeft, Sydney R1 Preview

Sydney International 🇦🇺🦈 R1 Preview
(WC) 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur vs (LL) 🇩🇪 Carina Witthoeft

Samantha Stosur and Carina Witthoeft will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the first round stage of the Sydney International on Tuesday. The pressure will be on Stosur here, the Aussie will be desperate to avoid heading to Melbourne without a win to her name which has so often been the case over the last few years. Stosur was originally scheduled to play Julia Goerges in the opening round in Sydney but the Auckland champion pulled out of Sydney with a knee injury gifting her compatriot a lucky loser spot into the main draw. Will Witthoeft make the most of the opportunity or will Stosur claim a much needed win?

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Stosur got her season off to a typically disappointing start at the Brisbane International last week. Stosur was completely outplayed in her opening round match with Anastasija Sevastova. Stosur was no match for Sevastova, beaten 6-1 6-3 in match where Stosur was unable to break the Latvian’s serve. In 2017 Stosur went through the Aussie summer without winning a match, 3 first round defeats, unfortunately for Stosur it looks she could be facing a similar fate in 2018.

Carina Witthoeft was unable to make her way through a tough qualifying draw in Sydney. Witthoeft made it through to the final round of qualifying courtesy of wins over Rodionova and Woolcock but fell at the final hurdle against Camila Giorgi, beaten 6-1 6-4. Witthoeft was fortunate to receive a lucky loser spot in the main draw courtesy of Julia Goerges withdrawing form the event. Will Witthoeft make the most her lucky loser spot?

Julia Goerges vs Samantha Stosur, Sydney R1 Preview

Sydney International. R1 Preview
(7) 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges vs (wc) 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

Samantha Stosur faces an extremely tough opening round match in Sydney when she comes up against Germany’s Julia Goerges. Julia Goerges arrives in Sydney in the form of her career. Goerges is on a 14 -match winning streak having won 3 titles in a row. Goerges won Moscow and Zhuhai to end 2017 on a high and carried that form into Auckland last week where she won the ASB Classic.

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Julia Goerges is up to a career high ranking of 12 having won 3 title in a row. Goerges was in fine form last week in Auckland where she dropped just 1 set on route to the title. Goerges saved her best performance for the final where she blasted her way past Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 7-6. Goerges was in command for the entire match, apart from a dip in form at the end of the second set it was a near flawless performance form Goerges who served extremely well and was clinical from the baseline.

Sam Stosur’s start to the season was far less impressive. Stosur was easily beaten in the opening round at the Brisbane International, a 1-6 3-6 loss to Anastasija Sevastova. Stosur’s hard court form is not good, a losing record on the surface in 2017 and her form in Australia is also not good, in 2017 she did not win a match in front of her home crowd.

The head-to-head record is also in the German’s favour. Goerges holds a 5-1 head-to-head record over Stosur and has won the last 3 meetings between the pair. Most recently Goerges won 4-6 6-4 6-4 at Indian Wells last year. Goerges has won all 4 of the previous matches between the pair on a hard court. The German’s deep, powerful hitting is troublesome for Stosur.

Qiang Wang vs Samantha Stosur, Hong Kong QF Preview

Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, Preview + Prediction
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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