Polona Hercog vs. Barbora Strycova, Eastbourne R1 Preview

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?? (Q) Polona Hercog vs. ?? Barbora Strycova

Barbora Strycova will look to continue her strong form from Birmingham as she begins her Eastbourne campaign against Polona Hercog. Strycova arrives in Eastbourne in good touch after a run to the semi-finals in Birmingham last week whilst Polona Hercog enters this first round clash match-hardened having won a couple matches to get through the qualifying draw.

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic in action during her semi-final match at the 2019 Nature Valley Classic WTA Premier tennis tournament

Barbora Strycova has always played her best tennis on grass, her crafty game makes her a threat to anyone on this surface. The Czech started her 2019 grass court campaign with a strong run to the semi-finals in Birmingham where she defeated Heather Watson, Su-Wei Hsieh and Kristyna Pliskova before falling to Ashleigh Barty in a close one. Meanwhile Strycova is also in strong form on the doubles court having gone all the way in Birmingham with Su-Wei Hsieh.

Grass is not as familiar to Polona Hercog, the Slovenian traditionally struggles on this surface but has made a decent start to her 2019 grass court campaign. Hercog defeated Christina McHale before falling to eventual champion Alison Riske in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Hercog made her way through the qualifying draw in Eastbourne with wins over Jill Teichmann and Pauline Parmentier.

Surprisingly it is Hercog who holds a strong head-to-head record over Strycova, Hercog has won 3 of their 4 previous clashes. However, it was Strycova who won their most recent match, a 6-4 6-4 win at Roland Garros in 2016.

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Barbora Strycova vs. Yulia Putintseva, Australian Open R1 Preview

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?? (32) Barbora Strycova vs. ?? Yulia Putintseva

One of the more exciting opening round match-ups at the 2019 Australian Open sees the 32nd seeded Barbora Strycova take on Kazakhstan’s Yulia Putintseva. Strycova and Putintseva are two of the most versatile and volatile players on tour, expect an entertaining clash between these two.

Yulia Putintseva of Kazakhstan in action during her second-round match at the 2019 Sydney International WTA Premier tennis tournament

Barbora Strycova has made a disappointing start to her 2019 campaign. Strycova was beaten in the second round in Auckland, a straight set loss to Amanda Anisimova. More recently Strycova fell at the opening round hurdle in the qualifying draw at the Sydney International, this time Strycova was beaten by Zarina Diyas in 3 sets, Strycova was up by a break in the deciding set in her loss to Diyas.

Conversely, Yulia Putintseva has made an impressive start to her 2019 campaign. Putintseva started the season with a narrow opening round loss to Karolina Pliskova in Brisbane. Putintseva led Pliskova by a set and a break before succumbing in a tight third set, good form considering Pliskova went on to win the title in Brisbane. Putintseva arrives in Melbourne fresh off a quarter-final appearance in Sydney where she came from a set and a break down to claim a memorable victory over Sloane Stephens in the second round.

Strycova leads the head-to-head 2-1 heading into this match. However, it was Putintseva who won their most recent match, a 6-4 6-3 win at Roland Garros last year.

Can an in form Putintseva take down the 32nd seed?

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Barbora Strycova vs. Alize Cornet, Wuhan R1 Preview

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?? Barbora Strycova vs. ?? Alize Cornet

Two of the tour’s most entertaining players will go head-to-head at the opening round stage in Wuhan as Barbora Strycova takes on Alize Cornet. Interestingly it is Cornet who has been fairly dominant in this match-up in the past, Cornet holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over Strycova but heads into this match as the slight underdog.

Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic in action during her third-round match at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

The pair bring fairly contrasting form into this opening round match in Wuhan. Strycova was in action last week in Tokyo where she played two tough matches, she beat Anett Kontaveit in an epic 3 set encounter before being beaten by Naomi Osaka in straight sets in what was a pretty competitive match. Conversely, Cornet has not won a match since Cincinnati and suffered a strangely one sided first round loss at the hands of Jennifer Brady in Guangzhou last week.

It was Alize Cornet who won the first 5 career meetings between the two, Strycova has won 2 of their last 3 matches. Overall it is Cornet with al 6-2 head-to-head advantage. Their most recent clash was at Roland Garros last year, Cornet claimed a comfortable 6-4 6-1 victory. Strycova has won the last 2 matches between the pair on a hard court.

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Barbora Strycova vs. Ekaterina Makarova, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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?? (26) Barbora Strycova vs. ?? Ekaterina Makarova

Barbora Strycova and Ekaterina Makarova will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage at Roland Garros on Wednesday. This looms as a fascinating encounter between two very experienced and accomplished opponents, both have struggled for the majority of 2018 and will see this a big opportunity to gain some much needed confidence.

Ekaterina Makarova of Russia in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Barbora Strycova arrived in Paris having lost 8 consecutive matches, a rare losing streak for the usually very consistent player. Strycova was seemingly heading for a 9th consecutive loss when she comfortably dropped the opening set of her first round match in Paris to Kurumi Nara but Strycova responded to claim a much needed 1-6 6-3 6-4 victory.

Like Strycova, Ekaterina Makarova brings poor form into the second Grand Slam of the year having not won a match on clay in 2018 at the tour level. However, the Russian was untroubled in her opening round match in Paris, comfortably beating the potentially dangerous Saisai Zheng 6-4 6-1.

It is Strycova who holds a 4-3 head-to-head record over Makarova. The most recent match between the pair took place earlier this year in Sydney, Strycova won easily 6-4 6-1.

Roland Garros has been the least successful Grand Slam for both Strycova and Makarova, clay is the least preferred surface for both. It will be interesting to see who steps up and takes control of this match.

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Barbora Strycova vs. Camila Giorgi, Prague R1 Preview

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?? (5) Barbora Strycova vs. ?? Camila Giorgi

An interesting opening round match-up in Prague on Tuesday sees the 5th seeded Barbora Strycova come up against big-hitting Italian Camila Giorgi. Strycova arrives in Prague in desperate need of momentum boost having not won a match since Doha. Perhaps Prague is the perfect location for Strycova to turn her fortunes around with the home crowd support she has reached at least the quarter-final stage at this event in the last 3 years and made it to the final 4 last year.

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Strycova arrives in Prague having lost 6 matches in a row on the WTA tour, an unprecedented losing streak for Strycova in recent times. The 32-year-old started her clay court season last week in Stuttgart where she was eliminated In the opening round by Laura Siegemund, a straight set loss, her fourth consecutive straight set loss. What is in Strycova’s favour is the fact that she has never lost to Giorgi and her good recent record in Prague.

Giorgi hasn’t exactly been in great form herself heading into Prague. Giorgi has generally struggled in 2018 after her great run to the semi-finals in Sydney to start the year. Giorgi has had a few decent weeks to start her clay court season, a couple of wins in Charleston and a quarter-final appearance in Lugano. Giorgi is the type of player that can catch form at any stage, Giorgi has shown that she is very capable on a clay court.

It is Strycova who holds a perfect 2-0 H2H record over Giorgi. Strycova beat Giorgi 6-1 6-3 in Charleston in 2012 and more recently a 6-2 7-5 win in Cincinnati. Perhaps it will be third time lucky for Giorgi as she runs into an out of form Strycova in Prague.

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Barbora Strycova vs Daria Gavrilova, Toronto R2 Preview

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?? Barbora Strycova vs ?? Daria Gavrilova

Barbora Strycova will come up against Daria Gavrilova in one of two second round matches scheduled for Tuesday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Strycova and Gavrilova both cruised through their opening round matches on Monday with straight set victories. Strycova and Gavrilova will be going head-to-head for the first time, it will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Barbora Strycova, Eastbourne R2 Preview

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(11) ?? Garbine Muguruza vs ?? Barbora Strycova

Garbine Muguruza and Barbora Strycova will renew hostilities when they collide in the second round of the Aegon International in Eastbourne. Muguruza has generally had the better of Strycova winning 3 of their past 4 encounters, but this will be their first ever meeting on a grass court, a surface that Strycova is more comfortable on. Muguruza brings good form into Eastbourne after reaching the semi-finals in Birmingham last week and will look to build on that result, whilst Strycova hasn’t had the best results of late, a win over Muguruza would give Strycova a much needed confidence boost.

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Alize Cornet vs Barbora Strycova, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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?? Alize Cornet vs (20) ?? Barbora Strycova

A fascinating second round clash in Paris sees crowd favourite Alize Cornet come up against the feisty 20th seeded Barbora Strycova. This promises to be a tight battle between two fierce competitors that give very little away, except a lot of long, entertaining rallies in this one. Interestingly, Cornet has a fairly dominant head-to-head record over Strycova (5-2), but Strycova has generally played the better tennis of late, a clay court will suit Cornet in this match-up. This looks like an exciting match…

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Simona Halep vs Barbora Strycova, Stuttgart R2 Preview

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(4) ?? Simona Halep vs ?? Barbora Strycova

Simona Halep will begin her 2017 Stuttgart campaign with a second round clash against Barbora Strycova. Halep enters the Porsche Tennis GP in the best form that she has been in all year, the Romanian claimed two comfortable wins on the weekend to help secure a 3-2 Fed Cup triumph over Great Britain. Strycova will be no pushover, the Czech is always a difficult prospect, especially for someone playing their first match of the tournament.

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Fed Cup World R1: Czech Republic vs Spain Day 1 Preview

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The Czech Republic will begin their Fed Cup title defense with a tricky opening round tie against Spain at the Ostravar Arena in the Czech Republic. The Czech ladies have been dominant in recent years having won the competition in the last three years and four of the last five. In 2017, the Czech team will be without their leader Petra Kvitova as she is expected to be sidelined due to injury for the entire year. The Czech Republic will still be the team to beat in 2017 led by Karolina Pliskova, Barbora Strycova and Lucie Safarova.

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