Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Alison Riske, Stanford R2 Preview

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(4) ?? Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs ?? Alison Riske

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will begin her U.S Open series campaign on Wednesday when she comes up against Alison Riske in the second round of the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford. As the fourth seed, Pavlyuchenkova received a bye through to the second round whilst Alison Riske progressed to the second round courtesy of a comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Magda Linette. Surprisingly, it is Alison Riske who has had the edge in this match-up, the American holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over the Russian.

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia during the All Access Hour at the 2017 Bank of the West Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is having one of the most consistent seasons of her career. Pavlyuchenkova has been particularly dangerous on a hard court throughout the year, including runs to the quarter-finals at the Australian Open and Indian Wells. Pavlyuchenkova will be aiming for a strong U.S Open series campaign, the conditions in North America suit the Russian and she is starting to move into the prime of her career. Pavlyuchenkova is competing in Stanford for the first time in her career this week.

 

Alison Riske has generally had a disappointing year but will be hoping to turn things around at home during the U.S Open series. Riske made a good start to her Stanford campaign by claiming a 6-2 6-4 win over Magda Linette. Riske will be confident heading into her second round clash with Pavlyuchenkova given her positive record over the Russian.

Alison Riske has won 3 of the previous 4 matches between the pair. Most recently, Riske claimed a 7-6 6-1 victory in Beijing last year. Despite the head-to-head record, I’d give the edge to Pavlyuchenkova here. The Russian is the better player and has generally been playing at a better level in recent times. This should be a close match as this is a very tight match-up but a determined Pavlyuchenkova should have a bit too much class for Riske on this occasion.

Prediction: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to defeat Alison Riske in 3 sets


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