Kaia Kanepi vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Australian Open R3 Preview

Australian Open 🇦🇺 R3 Preview
🇪🇪 Kaia Kanepi vs 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

Kaia Kanepi and Carla Suarez Navarro will renew hostilities on Friday when they square off for a place in the round of 16 at the 2018 Australian Open. Kanepi and Suarez Navarro have a long history against each other, the head-to-head record between the pair is split at 4 wins apiece. This match-up features a huge contrast in styles. The extreme power of Kanepi up against the all-court, crafty Spaniard. Who will come out on top?

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Kaia Kanepi has blasted her way into the third round at Melbourne Park. Kanepi started the week by eliminating former finalist Dominika Cibulkova 6-2 6-2. Kanepi then defeated Monica Puig 6-4 6-3.Two good ins over dangerous opponents. Kanepi has shown that her best tennis is extremely good over the last few weeks. Kanepi bashed her way through the qualifying draw into the quarter-finals in Brisbane in week 1 and is playing at a similarly high level in Melbourne. Kanepi did make a slow start against Puig and looked off when she trailed 1-4 but rebounded nicely to win 11 0f the 14 games and equal her best ever run at the Australian Open by reaching the third round.

Carla Suarez Navarro arrived in Melbourne in poor form and with question marks surrounding her commitment to the tournament. The Spaniard has done well to reach the third round. Carla defeated Magdalena Frech 7-5 6-3 in the opening round. It was in the second round where Suarez Navarro claimed a big win, defeating Timea Babos 6-4 2-6 6-2. Carla’s ability to get past such dangerous opponent will give the former quarter-finalist a big boost of momentum.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 4 wins apiece. It has been a while since they last played, it was Kanepi that won 7-5 6-0 at the US Open in 2014.

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

US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R4 Preview + Prediction:
(9) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams vs 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

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

US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R3 Preview + Prediction
🇷🇺 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

Western & Southern Open, 🇺🇸🌉 Cincinnati R1 Preview + Prediction
🇭🇷 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

Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓 Day 1, R1 Match Preview:
(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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Jelena Ostapenko vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Eastbourne R2 Preview

Aegon International, 🇬🇧 Eastbourne R2 Preview
(10) 🇱🇻 Jelena Ostapenko vs 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

Reigning Roland Garros champion Jelena Ostapenko will return to competitive action for the first time since her unbelievable achievement in Paris when she takes on Carla Suarez Navarro In the second round at the Aegon International in Eastbourne. The eyes of the tennis world will be on Ostapenko to see how she deals with the pressure of being a Grand Slam champion, an unexpected one. Grass is probably Ostapenko’s most dangerous surface, so if she can replicate her Roland Garros form over the coming weeks she will again cause a lot of damage. Nevertheless, Suarez Navarro looms as a tough opponent for Ostapenko in Eastbourne.

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Simona Halep vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Roland Garros R4 Preview

Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R4 Preview + Prediction
(3) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs (21) 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

Simona Halep continues her quest for her first Grand Slam title when she comes up against clay court specialist Carla Suarez Navarro in the fourth round at Roland Garros. Both Halep and Suarez Navarro have reached the final 16 in Paris without dropping a set, both will therefore be full of confidence heading into this intriguing clash. Halep holds a 6-5 record over Suarez Navarro, interestingly it is Suarez Navarro that has won all 4 of their previous matches on a clay court.

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Madison Keys vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Rio Olympics R3 Preview

2016 Olympic Games, Rio de Janeiro R3 Preview 🇧🇷
(7) 🇺🇸 Madison Keys vs (9) 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

One of the toughest third round matches in Rio sees the seventh seeded Madison Keys come up against the ninth seeded Carla Suarez Navarro. This match-up features an extreme contrast in styles making it a particularly interesting clash, will the powerful American prevail or the consistent Spaniard?

 

Madison Keys made a powerful start to her Olympic campaign with a convincing 6-3 6-3 win over Danka Kovinic but was forced to work much harder for her second round win over Kristina Mladenovic. Madison needed well over three hours to confirm her spot in the third round as she claimed a gruelling 7-5 6-7 7-6 win over Kristina Mladenovic. It was a big win for the American but it was certainly an energy sapping win which may come back to haunt her.

Suarez Navarro was dealt a very dangerous first round opponent in the form of Ana Ivanovic but weathered the storm in that match claim a 2-6 6-1 6-2 win. The Spaniard confirmed her spot in the third round in Rio with a 7-6 6-3 win over Ana Konjuh. Carla will face her toughest challenge in the third round when she comes up against Madison Keys.

 

Madison Keys holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over Carla Suarez Navarro. The first win was a three set win on the hard courts of Tokyo in 2013, more recently Keys claimed a hard-fought 3-6 6-3 7-6 win over the Spaniard on the grass courts of Birmingham a couple of months ago.

The result in this match-up will always be very dependent on Madison’s level of play given the American is the far more powerful player and will decide most of the points. The good news for Carla is that the courts in Rio are very slow meaning she will have more chances to engage Madison in extended rallies. I think Carla has a good chance to overcome Keys on this occasion, it will be tough for Keys to back up after her physical win over Mladenovic, especially given she will have less than 24 hours to recover as this match is the first match scheduled on Centre Court. Carla came very close to beating Madison in conditions that were perfect for the American a few months ago, on this occasion the conditions and circumstances favour Carla so that suggests she can win this.

Prediction: Carla Suarez Navarro to defeat Madison Keys in 3 sets

Venus Williams vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Wimbledon R4 Preview

Wimbledon 🇬🇧🍓 Fourth Round Match Preview + Prediction
(8) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams vs (12) 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro

Venus Williams will be aiming to reach her twelfth Quarter-Final at Wimbledon when she comes up against Carla Suarez Navarro at the fourth round stage at SW19 on Monday. Conversely, Carla Suarez Navarro will be aiming to reach the Quarter-Finals at Wimbledon for the very first time in her career. Venus and Carla have built up a competitive rivalry over the years, this should be another close match between the pair.

Venus Williams has been involved in a couple of epic battles on route to the fourth round stage at this year’s championships. The American started the week with a hard-fought straight set win over Donna Vekic before being pushed to three sets by Maria Sakkari where Venus prevailed 7-5 4-6 6-3. Things got even tougher for Venus at the third round stage. The 5-time former Champion endured several rain delays and overcame a gutsy performance by Daria Kasatkina to claim an epic 7-5 4-6 10-8 victory. Venus has shown over her last couple of matches that she is still one of the toughest competitors on tour, particularly in close matches.

 

Carla Suarez Navarro has never been too comfortable on a grass court but has shown some signs of improvement over the last couple of weeks. The Spaniard arrived at Wimbledon with a renowned sense of confidence on the surface after reaching the semi-final stage at Birmingham. Carla has also come through some tough matches on route to he fourth round. Carla was pushed to three sets by Shuai Zhang and Denisa Allertova in her opening couple of matches before claiming a comfortable 6-2 6-2 win over Marina Erakovic to set up a fourth round showdown with Venus Williams.

The head-to-head record between Venus Williams and Carla Suarez Navarro is split at three wins apiece. The pair have traded victories ever since the Spaniard shocked Venus at the 2009 Australian Open. Their most recent clash took place at Wuhan last year, Venus claimed a comfortable 6-3 6-4 victory. Their only previous match on a grass court was at Wimbledon in 2009, Venus won that match 6-0 6-4.

A grass court surface undoubtedly heavily favors Venus Williams in this match-up. Grass has always been the American’s best surface whilst grass has always been Carla's worst surface. Venus has been playing well enough over her last couple of matches to suggest that she will be good enough to claim victory in this match. Venus has all the weapons to blow Carla off the court (particularly on this surface) the result depends on whether Venus will execute on the day.

Prediction: Venus Williams to defeat Carla Suarez Navarro in 3 sets

Carla Suarez Navarro vs Yulia Putintseva, Roland Garros R4 Preview

Roland Garros, Fourth Round Preview + Prediction: 
(12) 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro vs. 🇰🇿 Yulia Putintseva

A fascinating fourth round match-up on Monday at Roland Garros sees Carla Suarez Navarro come up against Yulia Putintseva. These two have vastly different levels of experience at this stage of a Grand Slam, Suarez Navarro has reached the second week of a Grand Slam on eight previous occasions whilst this will be Putintseva’s first appearance in the second week of a Grand Slam. Nevertheless, Yulia is in great form at the moment and seems to have a strong chance heading into this match

 

Suarez Navarro has advanced through a couple of tricky matches to reach the fourth round in Paris. The Spaniard started the tournament with a three set win over Katerina Siniakova before recording a thumping straight set win over Qiang Wang. The Spaniard confirmed her place in the fourth round with a hard-fought 6-4 3-6 6-1 win over Dominika Cibulkova. Carla’s win over Cibulkova was impressive given the Spaniard appeared to be hampered by an injury throughout the match. Carla was able to remain solid throughout the deciding set to book her spot in the second week at Roland Garros for the fourth time in her career.

Yulia Putintseva’s route to her first appearance in the fourth round of a Grand Slam has been surprisingly easy. The Kazakh has been untroubled on route to the fourth round, recording three commanding straight set victories on route to the fourth round. Yulia dropped a combined 8 games in victories over Aleksandra Wozniack, Andrea Petkovic and Karin Knapp. Yulia’s dominance in her opening matches is a very good sign given the Kazakh is often prone to dips in her level and concentration throughout matches. There is no doubt that Yulia is a much more mature player in 2016, a much smarter player.

 

Suarez Navarro and Putintseva have met on one previous occasion. Suarez Navarro claimed a 1-6 7-6 6-2 win at the Australian Open in 2013. This is an interesting match-up because these two have quite similar playing styles, both move very well around the court and both play with a lot of variety from the baseline. Both prefer to play a clay court and will both see this as a winnable match.

This is tough match to call, especially considering Suarez Navarro’s injury concerns. I’m going to give the edge to Putintseva. Yulia has played outstanding tennis in her opening three matches in Paris and is currently playing the best tennis of her career. Yulia likes to play against fellow counter-punchers as opposed to playing more powerful opponents. Suarez Navarro’s form has been less impressive heading into this match and her fitness is questionable. This is a match-up that will feature a lot of long rallies which should favour the Kazakh given the condition of the two heading into this clash.

Prediction: Yulia Putintseva to defeat Carla Suarez Navarro in 3 sets


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