Angelique Kerber vs Lara Arruabarrena, Eastbourne R3 Preview

Aegon International, ?? Eastbourne R3 Preview
(1/wc) ?? Angelique Kerber vs ?? Lara Arruabarrena

Angelique Kerber claimed her first win on grass in 2017 with a hard-fought three set win over Kristyna Pliskova on Wednesday. The world number 1 will hope to build on that performance when she comes up against Lara Arruabarrena in the third round of the Aegon International in Eastbourne. Kerber has won all three of the previous meetings between the pair but this will be their first encounter on a grass court.

Angelique Kerber looked set for another disappointing early round loss when she dropped the first set to Kristyna Pliskova in her opening match in Eastbourne. However, Kerber rallied, taking advantage of a drop in the level of Pliskova to claim a 4-6 6-1 7-5 victory. Kerber will be hoping for an improved performance on Thursday against Arruabarrena, an opponent that Kerber will feel much more comfortable against.

Lara Arruabarrena hasn’t played much tennis on grass, her week in Eastbourne may well be the best result she has had on the surface. Arruabarrena claimed a couple of tough three set wins to advance through the qualifying draw before benefiting from the retirement of Yulia Putintseva in her opening round match in the main draw. Arruabarrena secured her spot in the third round with an impressive 2-6 6-2 6-3 win over Daria Gavrilova.


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Angelique Kerber has won all three of the previous meetings between the pair, including a memorable 6-2 5-7 7-6 win in Charleston in 2016. I suspect Thursday’s clash in Eastbourne will be a more comfortable victory for the German, the grass court surface certainly favours Kerber. I think Kerber will enjoy this match-up, especially after the difficulty of playing someone like Kristyna Pliskova, Kerber will be able to dictate and expose Arruebarrena’s vulnerability on this surface.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Lara Arruabarrena in 2 sets

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