Brisbane QF: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs (4) Angelique Kerber
A fascinating quarter-final match-up at the Brisbane International sees Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova come up against Angelique Kerber. This promises to be an extremely tight match between two ladies with great recent records at the event and who have a tight head-to-head record.
Former Brisbane International finalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has made a good start to the season. The Russian started the tournament off in style with a commanding 6-2 6-1 win over the fifth seeded Timea Bacsinszky on Sunday. Anastasia was forced to work much harder for her second round victory, battling past a determined Alize Cornet to record a 6-2 1-6 6-4 victory.
The challenge for Anastasia is to win matches like this quarter-final. This is the type of match that Anastasia frequently loses and is the reason why her rankings is much lower than it could be. The Russian has a decent record against Kerber having beaten her on multiple occasions, she will be confident heading into this quarter-final clash.
Angelique Kerber is through to her fourth consecutive quarter-final at the Brisbane International. The German’s passage through the draw has been similar to Anastasia’s, one tough victory and one comfortable victory.
Angie fought past Camila Giorgi in the opening round with a 5-7 6-3 6-0 victory. The Italian threw absolutely everything at the Angie, the German managed to whether the storm before running away with the match as her opponent’s level dropped. Angie’s second round victory was much more comfortable, an easy 6-3 6-0 over a wayward Madison Brengle.
Angelique Kerber holds a slight 4-3 head-to-head edge over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Importantly, Angie has won 4 of the last 5 meetings between the pair since the Russian won their first 2 matches. In their most recent meeting, Angie prevailed 7-5 6-2 at Wimbledon last year.
These two are very evenly matched, Pavlyuchenkova is slightly stronger however Angie has superior movement. This match really could go either way, I’m going to side with Angie just because she is more consistent and deals with bigger occasions much better than Pavlyuchenkova does.