Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic, San Jose R1 Preview
?? Victoria Azarenka vs. ?? Kateryna Bondarenko
Viktoria Azarenka will look to continue her dominance of Kateryna Bondarenko when the pair meet at the opening round stage of the Mubadala Silicon Valley Classic in San Jose. Azarenka thrashed Bondarenko in straight sets in all of 3 of their previously completed matches, but the pair haven’t met for almost 8 years, will it be more of the same here?
Azarenka has been unable to gain much momentum in 2018. The Belarusian has not won back-to-back matches since Miami and is probably not at the level she thought she would be at by this stage of her return. Azarenka and Bondarenko both had short grass court campaigns. Azarenka was beaten in the second round by Karolina Pliskova whilst Bondarenko was beaten by Lucie Safarova in the opening round. Both will be competing for the first time since early round defeats at Wimbledon.
Azarenka has a 4-0 H2H record over Bondarenko. The most recent match between the pair was way back in 2010, a 6-1 6-1 win for Azarenka at the Rogers Cup.