Anastasija Sevastova vs. Marta Kostyuk, US Open R2 Preview

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?? (31) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? Marta Kostyuk

An interesting second round clash from Flushing Meadows on day 3 sees the 31st seeded Anastasija Sevastova come up against 18-year-old Marta Kostyuk. Sevastova’s strong record at Flushing Meadows goes on the line against a player on the rise.

Sevastova claimed another big victory on a major court at Flushing Meadows when she defeated Cori Gauff 6-3 5-7 6-4 on Louis Armstrong in her first-round match. A roller-coaster win for Sevastova who was at one stage up by a set and a break, a single break was enough in the deciding set for the 30-year-old. Sevastova will be aiming to reach the third round at the US Open for the fifth consecutive year, the US Open has been the Latvian’s most successful major where she reached the quarter-finals in 2016 and 2017, followed by a semi-final run in 2018.

Marta Kostyuk claimed her first main draw victory at the US Open and her first at a Grand Slam since her Australian Open breakthrough in 2018 with a comprehensive 6-1 6-2 win over Daria Kasatkina. A big win for the Ukrainian who now gets a chance to equal her best run at a major.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair. I’m going to side with the experienced Sevastova. Kostyuk is talented, a powerful player, but her game is still raw, and she may struggle against the versatility and unpredictability of Sevastova. Flushing Meadows is where Sevastova plays her best tennis, having finally claimed her first tour level victory of the season in the first round I expect Sevastova to play with more freedom and bamboozle her opponent.

Prediction: Anastasija Sevastova to defeat Marta Kostyuk in 2 sets
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Anastasija Sevastova vs. Cori Gauff, US Open R1 Preview

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?? (31) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? Cori Gauff

One of the most intriguing opening round match-ups at the 2020 US Open sees the 31st seeded Anastasija Sevastova take on the much-hyped Cori Gauff. This will be the first career meeting between Sevastova and Gauff, who will prevail?

Anastasija Sevastova has a brilliant recent record at the US Open. The Latvian reached the quarterfinals at Flushing Meadows in 2016 and 2017, followed by her best ever result at a major in 2018 when she reached the semi-finals. The 30-year-old will be hoping that a return to her favourite tournament can see her reverse her poor recent form. Sevastova has lost her first few matches since the tour restart, a straight set loss to Irina-Camelia Begu in Prague, followed by a straight set loss to Kristina Mladenovic at the Western & Southern Open, not the type of form she wanted to bring into the US Open.

The rise of Cori Gauff was one of the biggest stories of the 2019 WTA season. Gauff has shown signs of her promise in 2020 despite limited opportunities to grow. The 16-year-old reached the semi-finals in Lexington a few weeks ago in her first official event back, a run which included impressive wins over Aryna Sabalenka and Ons Jabeur. More recently, a reality check was served to Gauff at the Western & Southern Open with an opening round loss, easily beaten by Maria Sakkari with just 4 games won.

I’m going to give Sevastova the benefit of the doubt here. Granted, Sevastova’s recent form isn’t good. However, her record at the US can’t be ignored. Sevastova loves the conditions in New York and will produce an improved performance for this match. Gauff remains very inconsistent and will not have things easy here against a tricky opponent. I think Sevastova will handle the occasion better, Gauff thrives on intensity, she won’t get that in an empty stadium against a streaky opponent. Look for Sevastova to spoil the party.

Prediction: Anastasija Sevastova to defeat Cori Gauff in 3 sets
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Anastasija Sevastova vs. Kristina Mladenovic, CincyTennis R1 Preview

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Anastasija Sevastova comes up against Kristina Mladenovic in the opening round of the Western & Southern Open in New York. Will the Latvian make a winning return in a city she has enjoyed the greatest successes in her career?

Sevastova and Mladenovic both made disappointing restarts to tour action on the European clay. Sevastova was beaten in straight sets by Irina-Camelia Begu in the first round in Prague whilst Mladenovic was beaten in 3 sets by Ekaterina Alexandrova in the opening round in Palermo. Both will be keen to grab in a win at the Western & Southern Open before heading into the US Open next week.

Flushing Meadows has been a very happy hunting ground for Sevastova over the years. The Latvian has achieved her greatest results in New York at the US Open having reached the semi-finals in 2018 and the quarter-finals in 2016 and 2017, her 3 best results at the Grand Slam level. It will be interesting to see if Sevastova can replicate those efforts over the next couple of weeks.

Sevastova holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Mladenovic. However, it was Mladenovic who won their most recent meeting, a 7/5 3/6 6/3 win in St. Petersburg late last year, the only previous match between the pair on a hard court.

I’m going to side with Sevastova here. Sevastova loves playing in New York and will surely be confident heading into this match because of her recent record at Flushing Meadows. In general, I believe this is a good match-up for the Latvian. Sevastova has the consistency and versatility to make life very tough for Mladenovic. Sevastova’s consistency from the back of the court, coupled with her drop shots, passing shots and lobs make her a troublesome match-up for the Frenchwoman.

Prediction: Anastasija Sevastova to defeat Kristina Mladenovic in 2 sets

Kiki Bertens vs. Anastasija Sevastova, bett1 ACES Preview

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Kiki Bertens and Anastasija Sevastova will go head-to-head at the third-place playoff stage of the bett1 ACES Exhibition event in Berlin.

Bertens received a bye through the opening round before being comfortably beaten by Petra Kvitova 6-3 6-2. This is the first time Bertens has been in competitive action since late February when the official WTA tour has halted. Bertens will be keen to avoid a winless tournament with the WTA tour resumption just around the corner.

Anastasija Sevastova is also playing in her first competitive event since the WTA tour shutdown. Sevastova started her Berlin campaign with a 6-3 4-3 win via retirement over Julia Goerges. Sevastova was unable to make her way to the final as she was defeated by the top seeded Elina Svitolina 7-6 6-3.

Kiki Bertens holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Anastasija Sevastova. Bertens has won the last couple of matches between the pair, both on clay in Madrid, most recently Bertens won 6-1 6-2 in 2019.

This is a tough match to predict with very little recent form to go off and no previous history between the pair on a grass court. I’ll give the slight edge to Sevastova, Sevastova is probably slightly more suited to the surface and has played 2 matches this week to get used to the conditions.

Prediction: Anastasija Sevastova to defeat Kiki Bertens in 3 sets

Anastasija Sevastova vs. Elise Mertens, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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?? (12) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? (20) Elise Mertens

Anastasija Sevastova and Elise Mertens will go head-to-head with a spot in the fourth round at Roland Garros up for grabs. Sevastova and Mertens are two of the most improved players over the last few years, both will see this as a big opportunity to reach the second week in Paris. Expect a close match between two fairly evenly matched opponents, who will step it up and make the most of this opportunity?

Elise Mertens of Belgium in action during her first-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Anastasija Sevastova’s recent from hasn’t been great but she has done well to make the most of a favourable draw thus far at Roland Garros. Sevastova cruised through her first few matches in Paris against lowly opposition. Sevastova started the event with a 6-1 6-4 win over Luksika Kumkhum before defeating Mandy Minella 6-1 6-4. Sevastova will face her first real test of the tournament in her third round battle with Mertens.

Elise Mertens has also not been in the best from of late but has also done well to reach the third round stage in Paris. Mertens started her campaign with a tricky test against Tamara Zidansek, Mertens prevailed 6-4 3-6 6-2, a good win considering Zidansek was in form having reached the Nuremburg final last week. Mertens cruised into the third round with an easy 6-1 6-3 win over Diane Parry. Mertens will also face her toughest test in the next round.

The only previous match between the pair took place on grass in Mallorca back in 2017, Sevastova won that match 7-6 5-7 6-1.

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Anastasija Sevastova vs. Jelena Ostapenko, Stuttgart R1 Preview

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?? (7) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? Jelena Ostapenko

Latvia’s two top players will do battle at the opening round stage of the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart when the 7th seeded Anastasija Sevastova takes on Jelena Ostapenko. This is an intriguing match-up given the contrast in styles between the pair, the versatility and creativity of Sevastova up against the power of Ostapenko, who will prevail?

Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia during practice ahead of her opening round match with Jelena Ostapenko at the 2019 Porsche Tennis Grand Prix WTA Premier tennis tournament.

Sevastova and Ostapenko have both struggled to find their best tennis in 2019. This was supposed to be a big year for Latvian tennis but things have certainly not gone to plan. Latvia was beaten by Germany in their first World Group playoff appearance in a long time, Ostapenko lost both her rubbers while Sevastova chose not to take part.

Sevastova and Ostapenko are both very capable on clay and will be keen to finally gain some momentum in 2019 over the next few months on the red dirt. The pair have only played once before, Sevastova won that match via retirement in Moscow back n 2015. It will be interesting to see how this match-ups pans out this time around.

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Anastasija Sevastova vs. Mona Barthel, Australian Open R1 Preview

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?? (13) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? Mona Barthel

Anastasija Sevastova and Mona Barthel will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the opening round stage of the Australian Open on Tuesday. Sevastova is one of many players that will fancy their chances to go on a deep run at Melbourne Park in what is a wide open field. First, Sevastova needs to navigate her way past Barthel.

Anastasija Sevastova of Latvia in action during the quarter-final at the 2019 Brisbane International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Sevastova made a good start to the season at the Brisbane International where she won a couple of matches before succumbing to Naomi Osaka in a high quality 3 set contest. Sevastova then made her way down to Sydney where she suffered a surprise first round loss, the Latvian was beaten by Timea Bacsinszky in 3 tight sets to ensure she would be on an early flight to Melbourne, perhaps a blessing in disguise.

Mona Barthel started her season in Auckland where she was eliminated in the second round by eventual champion Julia Goerges in straight sets. Barthel was scheduled to play in Hobart last week but withdrew from the tournament with a ‘viral illness.’ At her best, Barthel can play, the 28-year-old reached the fourth round at Melbourne Park in 2017 and enters this match-up with nothing to lose.

Can Barthel challenge the 13th seeded Latvian?

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Naomi Osaka vs. Anastasija Sevastova, Brisbane QF Preview

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?? (2) Naomi Osaka vs. ?? (8) Anastasija Sevastova

An intriguing quarter-final clash at the Brisbane International sees the second seeded Naomi Osaka take on the eighth seeded Anastasija Sevastova. This is an interesting clash because of the great contrast in styles between the pair, the power of Osaka against the versatility of Sevastova.

Osaka and Sevastova have both been untroubled on route to the quarter-finals in Brisbane. Osaka received an opening round bye before defeating Destanee Aiava 6-3 6-2. Whilst Sevastova started the week with a 6-3 6-3 win over Daria Gavrilova before beating Harriet Dart 6-2 -6-0.

Naomi Osaka of Japan in action during her second-round match at the 2019 Brisbane International WTA Premier tennis tournament

This has proven to be a troublesome match-up for Osaka in recent times. Sevastova won both of the meetings between the pair in 2018, a 6-4 6-1 win in Doha followed by a 6-4 6-4 win in Beijing, both victories on a hard court. Sevastova’s versatile game possess several dilemma’s for Osaka, it will be interesting to see how Osaka handles this match-up on this occasion.

Can Sevastova make it 3 consecutive wins over Osaka?

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Anastasija Sevastova vs. Daria Gavrilova, Brisbane R1 Preview

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?? (8) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? Daria Gavrilova

An interesting opening round match-up at the 2019 Brisbane International sees the 8th seeded Anastasija Sevastova and Daria Gavrilova go head-to-head for the very first time. This should be an entertaining match-up between two of the most versatile players on tour, expect a lot of extended rallies in this one!

Anastasija Sevastova had another solid season in 2018 to end the year at a career high ranking of 11 in the world. Sevastova is uncanny in the way she goes about her business, she seemingly has no big weapons and certainly gives height and power away to many opponents. However, Sevastova’s versatility and supreme touch and anticipation make her a tough opponent for anyone, can the Latvian push on in 2019 and consolidate a spot in the top 10?

Daria Gavrilova is a crowd favourite down under. The Aussie will hope to kick-start her season in style in January where she has generally played pretty well over the last few seasons. Gavrilova faces a tough first-up test in Brisbane against Sevastova, can she use the home crowd advantage to get her over the line?

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Anastasija Sevastova vs. Garbine Muguruza, Zhuhai RR preview + prediction

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?? (2) Anastasija Sevastova vs. ?? (7) Garbine Muguruza

The final match from the camellia group will be a straight shootout for a place in the semi-finals as the second seeded Anastasija Sevastova takes on the seventh seeded Garbine Muguruza. Sevastova and Muguruza both started their Zhuhai campaigns with victories of Shuai Zhang, Sevastova won 6-0 7-6 whilst Muguruza won 3-6 6-3 6-2. This means there are no complicated scenarios heading into this match, the winner progresses and the loser is out.

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Muguruza holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Sevastova. The most recent match between the pair took place at the Australian Open in 2017, Muguruza won 6-4 6-2. I’m going to side with Sevastova on this occasion. Muguruza has been very unconvincing of late and required a medical timeout early in her win over Zhang the other day. Muguruza is very inconsistent and unpredictable at the moment whilst Sevastova has won over 40 matches this year and usually brings a good level to every match she plays. The consistency and versatility of Sevastova is a troublesome prospect for a shaky Muguruza.

Prediction: Anastasija Sevastova to defeat Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets