Caroline Garcia vs. Aliaksandra Sasnovich, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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?? Caroline Garcia vs. ?? Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Caroline Garcia was one of the big winners on day 1 in Paris when she claimed an upset win over the 17th seeded Anett Kontaveit. Garcia will be back in action on day 4 when she comes up against Aliaksandra Sasnovich with a spot in the round of 32 up for grabs. Garcia has won 3 of the previous meetings between the pair and will enter this clash as the favourite.

Roland Garros has been Caroline Garcia’s most successful major, a quarter-finalist in 2017 (her best result at a major) and a fourth round appearance in 2018. Garcia was a big underdog heading into her opening round match but defied the odds to claim a 6-4 3-6 6-4 victory over the 17th seeded Anett Kontaveit. Garcia has now illustrated her danger on the big stage a couple of times since the tour restart, she Frenchwoman eliminated the top seeded Karolina Pliskova at the US Open earlier this month, a danger to any opponent on any surface when she is on top of her game.

Aliaksandra Sasnovich moved into the second round in Paris courtesy of a 6-2 2-6 6-3 victory against Germany’s Anna-Lena Friedsam. Sasnovich will be hoping it’s third time lucky as she aims to reach the round of 32 for the first time in her third appearance in the second round. Clay has traditionally been Sasnovich’s least successful surface, her flat game-style is better suited to a quick surface.

Garcia holds a 3-0 head-to-head record over Sasnovich. The last couple of meetings between the pair were close 3 set matches, both in 2018, 6-3 5-7 6-2 at the Australian Open, followed by a 6-7 6-2 6-4 victory in New Haven. All 3 of their previous meetings were on a hard court with Garcia also beating the Belarusian in straight sets in Tokyo in 2017.

I will side with Garcia here. Garcia looked strong in her opening round win over Kontaveit. This is a match Garcia should be winning. The Frenchwoman clearly has what it takes in this match-up having won all 3 of their previous meetings, her advantage should be amplified on clay. Garcia has all the weapons to play great on clay, whilst Sasnovich’s game is better suited to quick surfaces. Garcia’s superior firepower and greater versatility give her the clear edge here.

Prediction: Caroline Garcia to defeat Aliaksandra Sasnovich in 2 sets

Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs. Donna Vekic, Brisbane QF Preview

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?? Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs. ?? Donna Vekic

An unlikely quarter-final match-up at the Brisbane International sees Aliaksandra Sasnovich come up against Donna Vekic. It is Vekic who heads into this match with a perfect record over Sasnovich and as a result it is Vekic who is the slight favourite to progress.

Donna Vekic of Croatia in action during the second-round match at the 2019 Brisbane International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Vekic holds a 2-0 record over Sasnovich. Both of those victories came on a hard court. 6-3 6-1 in Poitiers in 2015 and 6-4 6-4 in San Antonio in 2016. Expect Sasnovich to give a better account of herself on this occasions, especially after claiming one of the biggest wins of her career in the previous round.

Sasnovich secured her spot in the Brisbane quarter-finals by beating the top seeded Elina Svitolina 6-4 0-6 6-3 in a rematch of last year’s final. Prior to that win over Svitolina, Sasnovich claimed a hard-fought 6-4 7-5 win over Anastasia Potapova. Donna Vekic also secured a big win to reach the quarter-finals, saving 2 match points on route to a 7-6 1-6 7-5 win over Kiki Bertens. Vekic cruised past Magdalena Rybarikova 6-1 6-2 in the first round.

This is a big opportunity for both, who will prevail?

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Ashleigh Barty vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich, U.S Open R2 Preview

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?? Ashleigh Barty vs ?? Aliaksandra Sasnovich

Ashleigh Barty made an impressive start to her 2017 U.S Open campaign on Monday, Barty came from a set down to defeat the 21st seeded Ana Konjuh 4-6 6-0 6-1. Barty has been in great form over the last couple of months claiming wins over the likes of Garbine Muguruza and Venus Williams. Barty will be back in action at Flushing Meadows on Wednesday evening where she takes on Belarus’s Aliaksandra Sasnovich. This section of the draw is very open after the elimination of Johanna Konta in the first round, there is a good opportunity for Barty to go on a deep run in New York.

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