Samantha Stosur vs Monica Puig, Australian Open R1 Preview

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🇦🇺 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

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🇦🇺 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

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(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

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(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

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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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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Samantha Stosur, Hong Kong R2 Preview

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R2: (4) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

Agnieszka Radwanska and Samantha Stosur will renew hostilities on Wednesday when they meet at the second round stage of the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open. Radwanska and Stosur both advanced to the second round in Hong Kong with wins over local wild cards, Radwanska cruised through in straights sets, whilst Stosur laboured to a three set win. This will be the first meeting between Radwanska and Stosur in over 4 years, interestingly, it is Stosur who holds a 3-1 record over Radwanska and has won their last 3 matches.

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Samantha Stosur vs Jelena Ostapenko, Roland Garros R4 Preview

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(23) 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur vs 🇱🇻 Jelena Ostapenko

Sam Stosur is now arguably the form player on tour and looms as one of the main contenders to go on to win the title in Paris. Stosur is on an 8 match winning streak after arriving at Roland Garros fresh off a title run in Strasbourg. Stosur has cruised through her first three matches in Paris in straight sets and seems to be getting stronger and stronger with each match, Stosur will face her greatest test of the tournament thus far on Sunday when she up against the extremely dangerous Jelena Ostapenko.

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Samantha Stosur vs Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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(23) 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur vs (Q) 🇺🇸 Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Samantha Stosur’s section of the draw has really opened up. The former runner-up will not have to face a seeded opponent until at least the quarter-final stage in Paris. Stosur comes up against American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round at Roland Garros on Friday. Stosur is on a 7-match winning streak after winning the title in Strasbourg last week whilst Mattek-Sands also enters this match in great form having won 5 matches in a row in Paris, most recently an upset win over Petra Kvitova.

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Samantha Stosur vs Kristina Kucova, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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(23) 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur vs 🇸🇰 Kristina Kucova

Samantha Stosur is another big contender heading into Roland Garros 2017. The former runner-up has always excelled in Paris, reaching at least the semi-final stage on four previous occasions. Stosur arrives in Paris on the back of a much-needed confidence boost in Strasbourg where she defeated Daria Gavrilova in three sets to win the title. Stosur has the ability to compete with anyone of this surface and should get her campaign off to a good start when she meets Kristina Kucova in the first round on Monday in Paris.

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Simona Halep vs Samantha Stosur, Madrid R3 Preview

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(3) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs (16) 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur

Simona Halep survived an almighty scare in her second round clash against Roberta Vinci on Tuesday. Halep found herself down 2-5 in the deciding third set but managed to win 5 of the last 6 games, running away with the decisive tiebreaker to claim a hard-fought 6-3 2-6 7-6 win. Halep’s title defence continues on Wednesday when she takes on Samantha Stosur, an opponent the Romanian has a good recent record against.

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