Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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?? (28) Carla Suarez Navarro vs. ?? Marketa Vondrousova

An interesting third round match-up from Roland Garros on Friday sees Carla Suarez Navarro and Marketa Vondrousova go head-to-head for the first time. This match-up sees experience take on youth. Suarez Navarro has reached the second week in Paris on 5 previous occasions whilst Vondrousova is one of the brightest young prospects on tour and is in great form at the moment. Who will prevail?

Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in action during her second-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Carla Suarez Navarro has struggled to find her best tennis for the majority of 2019 but may be peaking just at the right time. The Spaniard has consistently performed well in Paris over the years, she has now reached the third round in 7 of her last 8 visits to Roland Garros. Suarez Navarro started her 2019 campaign with a hard-fought 2-6 7-6 6-0 win over an in-form Dayana Yastremska. The 28th seed booked her spot in the third round by defeating Shelby Rogers 6-1 6-7 6-3 to set up a clash with Vondrousova.

Marketa Vondrousova has cruised through her first couple of matches in Paris. The 19-year-old started the event with a 6-4 6-3 win over Yafan Wang before defeating Anastasia Potapova 6-4 6-0. Vondrousova has won 19 of her last 24 matches, a streak that has seen her claim a few wins over grand slam champions Simona Halep and Jelena Ostapenko as well as multiple other wins over established top 30 players.

It will be interesting to see how this match-up unfolds as the pair do battle for the first time.

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Aryna Sabalenka vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, Wuhan R1 Preview

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?? Aryna Sabalenka vs. ?? Carla Suarez Navarro

Aryna Sabalenka and Carla Suarez Navarro kick-start their Asian swings with an opening round clash in Wuhan on Monday. The pair squared off last month in the New Haven final, Sabalenka claimed a comfortable victory on that occasion. Can Suarez Navarro avenge that loss in Wuhan?

Arena Sabalenka of Belarus warms up for practice at the 2018 Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open WTA Premier 5 tennis tournament

It will be interesting to see if Sabalenka can maintain her strong form from the North American hard court swing throughout the remainder of the year. Sabalenka played career best tennis over the last few months, reaching the semi-final in Cincinnati, winning the title in New Haven and reaching the fourth round in New York. The early signs are that she may not be able to continue that form after an opening round loss in Quebec City at the hands of Varvara Lepchenko a few weeks ago. Sabalenka will need to quickly regain her rhythm for a tough opening round clash against Suarez Navarro in Wuhan.

Suarez Navarro also had a great North American hard court swing. Suarez Navarro reached the final in New Haven before claiming some big wins on route to a quarter-final showing at the US Open. Suarez Navarro will enter this match keen for revenge after she was comfortably beaten by Sabalenka in the New Haven final.

Sabalenka smashed Suarez Navarro 6-1 6-4 in their only previous clash last month in New Haven. Suarez Navarro was unable to handle the firepower of a red-hot Sabalenka on that occasion but seemingly have a greater chance heading into this match.

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Madison Keys vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, US OPEN QF Preview

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?? (14) Madison Keys vs. ?? (30) Carla Suarez Navarro

Madison Keys will be out to maintain her perfect record over Carla Suarez Navarro when the pair meet at the quarter-final stage of the US Open on Wednesday. Keys reached her first and only Grand Slam final in New York 12 months ago, the American has reached the quarter-finals in 3 of Grand Slams in 2018 but claiming that elusive Grand Slam title is now the task for Keys. Suarez Navarro will be no pushover, the Spaniard is fresh off a big upset win over Maria Sharapova and is arguably playing the best tennis of her career right now.

Madison Keys of the United States in action during her fourth-round match at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Madison Keys rocketed into the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows with a commanding 6-1 6-3 win over Dominika Cibulkova. Keys played her greatest match of the tournament thus far as she breezed past the Slovakian. Keys was also untroubled in her first few matches in New York as she beat Pauline Parmentier and Bernarda Pera in straight sets. The American’s biggest test was in the third round where she defeated Aleksandra Krunic from a set down, an important win for Keys.

Carla Suarez Navarro has had a much more difficult route to the quarter-finals at Flushing Meadows. Carla required 3 sets to get the better of Nicole Gibbs and Kristina Mladenovic in a pair of scrappy performances to start her campaign. The Spaniard claimed an epic third round win over the 6th seeded Caroline Garcia, outlasting the Frenchwoman to win in a third set tiebreak. Suarez Navarro secured her spot in a 7th Grand Slam quarter-final with a dominant 6-4 6-3 win over a wayward Maria Sharapova. Suarez Navarro has never reached the semi-finals at a Grand Slam having lost all 6 of her previous Grand Slam quarter-finals.

Keys holds a perfect 3-0 record over Suarez Navarro. All 3 of those victories required a third set. The most recent match between the two took place at the Rio Olympics in 2016, Keys won that match 6-3 3-6 6-3.

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Elina Svitolina vs. Carla Suarez Navarro, Madrid R2 Preview

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?? (4) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? Carla Suarez Navarro

One of the standout second round matches at the Mutua Madrid Open sees the 4th seeded Elina Svitolina take on Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. This has historically been a very even match-up, the H2H series between the pair reflects this, a 3-3 H2H record. Svitolina will enter this clash eager for revenge after Suarez Navarro shocked the Ukrainian in their most recent match, a straight set win for the Spaniard at the third round stage at Indian Wells. Can Suarez Navarro cause Svitolina more grief in front of her home fans in the Spanish capital?

Elina Svitolina of the Ukraine in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Svitolina and Suarez Navarro both cruised through their opening round matches in Madrid against decent opposition. Svitolina defeated Alize Cornet 6-2 6-2 whilst Suarez Navarro beat Barbora Strycova 6-3 6-3. Cornet and Strycova are both solid opposition meaning both Svitolina and Suarez Navarro have started this tournament in good form. Expect another tough battle between two of the tour’s greatest competitors.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 3 win apiece heading into this match. Surprisingly it is Suarez Navarro who has won 2 of their last 3 matches. In 2018 the pair have met on 2 occasions, a 6-2 6-4 win for Svitolina in Brisbane and more recently a 7-5 6-3 win for Suarez Navarro in Indian wells.

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Venus Williams vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Indian Wells QF Preview

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?? (8) Venus Williams vs. ?? (27) Carla Suarez Navarro

An interesting quarter-final clash from the Californian desert sees Venus Williams come up against Carla Suarez Navarro. These two opponents are very familiar with each other having played on 8 previous occasions, Venus holds a 5-3 H2H advantage. This is an interesting matchup because of the large contrast in styles between the pair, the powerful game of Venus up against the crafty Spaniard. Both have taken out some big names up until this point and will feel confident heading into this match.

Carla Suarez Navarro of Spain in action at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Venus Williams has come through a tough section of the draw to reach the final 8 without dropping a set. Venus started the week with a 6-3 6-4 win over Sorana Cirstea in what was her first regular tour event of the year. Venus then claimed her first victory over Serena in 4 years, a hard-fought 6-3 6-4 win. The 8th seeds toughest match was in the fourth round where she beat Anastasija Sevastova 7-6 6-4. The first set could have gone either way but Venus was more clinical in the important moments and managed to come from a break down in each set to secure a straight set victory.

Suarez Navarro is into her second quarter-final of the year at a big event after reaching the final 8 in Melbourne in January. Suarez Navarro required 3 sets to get past Su-Wei Hsieh in the opening round before producing a vastly improved performance to eliminate the 4th seeded Elina Svitolina 7-5 6-3 in what was one of the Spaniard’s best victories in recent years. The 27th seed confirmed her spot in the quarter-finals with a fairly comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Danielle Collins.

Venus Williams has won the last 3 meetings between the pair and holds a overall 5-3 win/loss record of Suarez Navarro. The last meeting between the pair took place at the U.S Open last year, a 6-3 3-6 6-1 win for the American. Prior to that, Venus defeated Carla 7-6 6-4 at Wimbledon in 2016.

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Elina Svitolina vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Indian Wells R3 Preview

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?? (4) Elina Svitolina vs. ?? (27) Carla Suarez Navarro

Elina Svitolina continues her BNP Paribas Open on Monday with a third round clash against Spain’s Carla Suarez Navarro. Svitolina is one of the hottest players on tour right now. Svitolina won more titles than any other player in 2017 and is already at the top of the standings in 2018 with 2 titles to her name. Suarez Navarro has proven to be a tough match-up for Svitolina, can the Spaniard cause a big upset?

Svitolina has amassed an impressive 15-2 win-loss record in 2018. The Ukrainian kick-started her 2018 BNP Paribas Open campaign with a fairly comfortable 6-4 6-3 victory over Germany’s Mona Barthel. Svitolina arrived in Indian Wells full of confidence after winning the Tie Break Tens competition in New York City and prior to that defending her title at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Svitolina looms as one of the toughest players to beat over the next fortnight at the BNP Paribas Open.

Carla Suarez Navarro confirmed her spot in the third round In Indian Wells with a hard-fought 6-4 2-6 6-3 win over Su-Wei Hsieh. Carla was certainly not at her best but was solid enough to get the job done in the final set. Suarez Navarro has had a decent season thus far, her run to the quarter-finals in Melbourne being the highlight. More recently Carla suffered back-to-back second round losses in Doha and Dubai, tough draws against Johanna Konta and Karolina Pliskova contributed to her undoing.

Svitolina holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Suarez Navarro. The most recent match between the pair took place earlier this year in Brisbane where Svitolina won 6-2 6-4 on route to the title. Prior to that match, the last 3 matches between the two went the distance, including a 3 set win for Suarez Navarro in Birmingham in 2016.

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Venus Williams vs Carla Suarez Navarro, U.S Open R4 Preview

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Venus Williams and Carla Suarez Navarro will renew hostilities when they meet at the fourth round stage at Flushing Meadows on Saturday. Venus and Carla have built up a solid, competitive rivalry over the years, this will be their 8th career meeting with Venus currently leading the head-to-head 4-3. This is an enjoyable match-up because of the extreme contrast in styles, the raw power of Williams up against the finesse and consistency of Suarez Navarro. On a hard court, the head-to-head record is split at 2 wins apiece, who will edge ahead with a win in New York and move on to the second week?

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Ekaterina Makarova vs Carla Suarez Navarro, U.S Open R3 Preview

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?? Ekaterina Makarova vs ?? Carla Suarez Navarro

Ekaterina Makarova finally claimed her first career victory over Caroline Wozniacki to move into the third round in New York where she will face Carla Suarez Navarro. Makarova was seemingly on route to a straight set win over Wozniacki but was dragged into a third set where she regrouped to secure a 6-2 6-7 6-1 win. Makarova had a 0-7 head-to-head record heading into her match with Wozniacki and will need to overcome another very negative head-to-head record if she is progress any further in New York. Suarez Navarro holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over Makarova and easily accounted for the Russian earlier this year in Eastbourne. Makarova is in much better form heading into this match and despite the negative record, she does have the game to really trouble the Spaniard.

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Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Cincinnati R1 Preview

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?? Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs ?? Carla Suarez Navarro

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni’s form has severely dropped away towards the second half of the year after a brilliant start to the year that saw her make history by reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Lucic-Baroni has lost 7 of her last 9 matches and will be looking to reignite her season in Cincinnati, starting with a difficult first round clash against Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard has won both of the previous matches between the pair and will like her chances of continuing her unbeaten record over the Croatian.

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Carla Suarez Navarro vs Eugenie Bouchard, Wimbledon R1 Preview

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(25) ?? Carla Suarez Navarro vs ?? Eugenie Bouchard

The pick of the opening round clashes as SW19 on day 1 sees Carla Suarez Navarro come up against Eugenie Bouchard. This match-up, on this surface should suite the Canadian, however Bouchard’s form has been extremely erratic in recent times whilst Suarez Navarro is one of the most consistent players on tour. Suarez Navarro holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Bouchard and won their previous match on a grass court. This looms as a close match, it will be interesting to see which Bouchard shows up for this one.

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