Ashleigh Barty vs Veronica Cepede Royg, Sydney R1 Preview

Sydney International πŸ‡¦πŸ‡ΊπŸ¦ˆ R1 Prediction
πŸ‡¦πŸ‡Ί Ashleigh Barty vs (Q) πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ύ Veronica Cepede Royg

Ashleigh Barty will be desperate for a good week in Sydney after a shock first round loss in Brisbane last week. Barty will begin her Sydney campaign on Monday with a first round clash against Paraguayan qualifier Veronica Cepede Royg. This will be the first career meeting between Barty and Cepede Royg. The Australian will enter this match as a strong favourite but the 21-year-old is under pressure after her loss in Brisbane last week. Conversely, Cepede Royg is confident and match hardened having come through the qualifying draw. Can Cepede Royg cause a big upset?

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There are more expectations on Ash Barty than ever before heading into the Australian summer. Barty enters the 2018 Australian summer as the top ranked Australian having ended 2017 in superb form. However, Barty started her 2018 season in a shocking manner. Barty was comfortably beaten in her opening match at the Brisbane International, defeated 6-3 6-2 by Lesia Tsurenko. Barty looked uncoordinated and rusty in her opening defeat in Brisbane, Barty will be keen to recapture her 2017 form in Sydney before heading down to Melbourne.

Veronica Cepede Royg did well to get through a tough qualifying draw in Sydney. Cepede Royg won 3 matches in the qualifying draw, 3 wins over decent opponents: Maria Sakkari, Kateryna Bondarenko and Lara Arruabarrena. The 25-year-old will enter the main draw with nothing to lose and a lot to gain, a dangerous formula for opponents early in the tournament.

Karolina Pliskova vs Veronica Cepede-Royg, Roland Garros R4 Preview

Roland Garros, πŸ‡«πŸ‡· R4 Preview + Prediction
(2) πŸ‡¨πŸ‡Ώ Karolina Pliskova vs πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ύ Veronica Cepede-Royg

A huge opportunity presents itself to Karolina Pliskova on Monday as she aims to reach the quarter-final stage at Roland Garros for the first time. The second seed in Paris had low expectations heading into the event given her struggles on clay, all of a sudden Pliskova is a strong favourite to reach the quarter-final stage and from there anything could happen. Pliskova meets Veronica Cepede-Royg at the fourth round stage on Monday, a big chance for Pliskova but also for Cepede-Royg given she is far more comfortable on a clay court.

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