Caroline Wozniacki vs. Yafan Wang, US Open R1 Preview

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The 19th seeded Caroline Wozniacki begins her 2019 US Open campaign against China’s Yafan Wang. The 2-time former finalist in New York is a shadow of the player she once was, Wozniacki is certainly vulnerable heading into this match and Wang is a dangerous enough opponent to make the most of this opportunity. Can Yafan Wang pull off the upset?

Caroline Wozniacki won just 1 match during the US Open series before heading to New York. The Dane defeated Yulia Putintseva in straight sets in Toronto before being beaten by Iga Swiatek in 3 sets. A week later Wozniacki was beaten in the opening round in Cincinnati, a straight set loss to Dayan Yastremska. The former world number 1 is having one of her worst seasons on tour in a long time, the US Open provides Wozniacki one last chance to make a major run in 2019 at a tournament where she has had a lot of success in the past. Wozniacki had reached the semi-finals or better in New York on 5 previous occasions, a figure she seems unlikely to extend in 2019.

Yafan Wang is having the best season of her career but also arrives in New York short of match wins. Wang’s US Open series results have been poor. Wang was beaten in the opening round in Washing and the Bronx, in the midst of those losses Wang reached the second round in Cincinnati via the qualifying draw as a lucky-loser where she succumbed to Karolina Pliskova in straight sets. Wang is relatively inexperienced at the Grand Slam level, she has never made it past the second round of a major and will be competing in the main draw in New York for just the third time. Nevertheless, 2019 has been a year of firsts for Wang after she won her first title in Acapulco, perhaps she can also break new ground in New York?

The only previous meeting between the pair took place in Kuala Lumpur in 2015 where Wozniacki won 6-3 6-1. Expect a very different match this time around with the pair in very different spaces heading into this match.

I believe Wang has a decent chance in this match. Wang has the consistent, deep hitting that can expose Wozniacki if the Chinese player is able to remain patient and execute her game. Wang can also match the physicality of Wozniacki and therefore she has the game to win this. Wozniacki’s defense is not what it once was so she is vulnerable in these types of match-ups. I’ll go for the upset here, Wozniacki has no weapons at the moment, her movement is far from what it used to be, she is simply ripe for the picking.

Prediction: Yafan Wang to defeat Caroline Wozniacki in 3 sets

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Alison Van Uytvanck, Australian Open R1 Preview

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Caroline Wozniacki begins her title defense at the Australian Open with an opening round clash against Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck on Monday. Wozniacki finally claimed an elusive Grand Slam title at Melbourne Park 12 months ago, can she challenge for a second slam in 2019? It seems the defending champion will have her work cut over the next fortnight.

Wozniacki made an unimpressive start to her 2019 campaign. The Dane was eliminated at the second round stage in Auckland, the top seed was upset by Bianca Andreescu in straight sets. The pressure is on Wozniacki this week, it is the first time she has been in the situation of defending a Grand Slam title, it will be interesting to see how she handles the occasion.

Alison Van Uytvanck has also made an unimpressive start to her 2019 campaign. Van Uytvanck was forced to retire in her first match of the season in Auckland and was beaten in the second round last week in Hobart, a straight set loss to Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Van Uytvanck has never won a main draw match at the Australian Open, having suffered 4 first round exits in the past.

The only previous match between the pair took place in Rome last year, Wozniacki won that match 6-1 6-4.

Will Wozniacki have any trouble kick-starting her title defense?

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Elina Svitolina, Singapore RR Preview

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The final match from the white group will see defending champion Caroline Wozniacki take on a red-hot Elina Svitolina in what looms as a blockbuster match. This match will be critical in deciding who advances to the semi-finals in the white group. Svitolina is in prime position after winning her few matches but she is not guaranteed a position in the semi-finals. Wozniacki must win this match to have a chance of qualifying but may need to win in straight sets depending on the previous result.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action during her second match at the 2018 WTA Finals tennis tournament

Caroline Wozniacki started her title defense in Singapore with a disappointing straight set loss to Karolina Pliskova. Wozniacki rebounded strongly as she defeated Petra Kvitova in 3 sets. Wozniacki’s willingness to be a bit more aggressive in the important moments was part of why she got over the line against Kvitova and she will need to be very aggressive if she is to beat Svitolina on Thursday, an opponent she has struggled against in the past.

Elina Svitolina has been the most impressive player of the tournament thus far. Svitolina started her Singapore campaign with a straight set win over Petra Kvitova and continued her strong form in the next match where she defeated Karolina Pliskova in 3 sets. The second half of the season has been disappointing for Svitolina but she can finish the season off on a high in Singapore. Svitolina’s level over the first few matches this week is arguably the best she has played since Rome earlier this year.

Svitolina holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Wozniacki. Svitolina won the first 3 matches between the pair including 2 commanding straight set wins in a pair of finals in Dubai and Toronto last year. The most recent match between the pair was in Singapore last year where Wozniacki won 6-2 6-0 against a wayward Svitolina.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Petra Kvitova, Singapore RR Preview

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Caroline Wozniacki and Petra Kvitova both suffered first-up defeats in Singapore and will enter this match desperate for victory to maintain a realistic hope of progressing to the semi-finals. Wozniacki and Kvitova are both former champions at this event but both made poor starts on Sunday with straight set defeats thanks to uncharacteristically poor performances. Who will rebound with a victory here?

Petra Kvitova of the Czech Republic in acton during her first match at the 2018 WTA Finals tennis tournament

Caroline Wozniacki arrived in Singapore on a high after winning the China Open in her most recent event. However, Wozniacki made a very disappointing start to her title defense at the WTA Finals, the Dane was comprehensively beaten by Karolina Pliskova 2-6 4-6. Wozniacki’s inability to take her chances was key to her loss, Wozniacki had 10 chances to break the Pliskova serve but did not take any of them.

Petra Kvitova’s sluggish start in Singapore was less surprising. Kvitova entered the tournament on the back of several early exits and has reportedly been struggling with illness during the Asian swing. Kvitova came up against a fired-up Elina Svitolina and was unable to consistently produce a high enough level to hit through the rock-solid Ukrainian, succumbing 3-6 3-6. Kvitova is the type of player that can never be dismissed, don’t rule out a drastic form reversal in her next match.

Kvitova enters this match with a 8-5 head-to-head record over Wozniacki. Kvitova has won the last 4 meetings between the pair dating back to 2015. The most recent match between the pair took place at the semi-final stage in Doha earlier this year, Kvitova won that match 3-6 7-6 7-5 on route to winning the title.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Karolina Pliskova, Singapore RR Preview

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Caroline Wozniacki begins her title defense in Singapore on Sunday with a clash against Karolina Pliskova in the white group. Wozniacki claimed the biggest title of the career at the time when she won the WTA finals for the first time 12 months ago and will hope to end the most memorable season of her career on a similar high in 2018. Wozniacki has a strong record over Pliskova and enters this match as a clear favourite but can she get the job done?

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action during the final of the 2018 China Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Wozniacki has not been in the greatest of form for the majority of 2018 but enters the WTA Finals on a high having won the China Open a few weeks ago. The defending champion has thrived in Singapore where the conditions are seemingly perfect for her game. Wozniacki has competed in Singapore twice, she won the event last year whilst in 2014 she claimed 3 big wins before succumbing to Serena Williams in a third set tiebreak at the semi-final stage. The fairly slow, low bouncing courts in Singapore are the perfect conditions for the Dane, she will hope to use that to her advantage as she seeks another big title.

Karolina Pliskova just scrapped into this year’s WTA finals. Pliskova ventured to Moscow last week in an attempt to secure one of 3 remaining spots in Singapore, a first-up loss to Vera Zvonareva in straight sets meant that her destiny was in the hands of other results. Luckily for Pliskova results and withdrawals went her way, Pliskova will make a third consecutive appearance in Singapore. Pliskova’s recent form has been fairly strong during the Asian swing, highlighted by the title in Tokyo and recently reaching the final in Tianjin.

Wozniacki heads into this clash with a 6-3 head-to-head record over Pliskova. The most recent match between the pair took place in Singapore 12 months ago, Wozniacki won 7-6 6-3. Pliskova has had some success in this match-up of late, the pair have split their last 6 matches with 3 wins apiece.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Samantha Stosur, US Open R1 Preview

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A tough opening round clash at Flushing Meadows sees two former Grand Slam champions go head-to-head as the second seeded Caroline Wozniacki takes on former champion Sam Stosur. Wozniacki and Stosur have both struggled to gain any momentum over the last couple of weeks but both have greater memories in New York. There is a big gap between the two in the rankings but Stosur has a winning record against Wozniacki on hard courts and will fancy her chances of an upset here.

Caroline Wozniacki of Demark during practice at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Wozniacki’s season hasn’t been great ever since she finally claimed a maiden Grand Slam title in Melbourne to start the year. Wozniacki hasn’t won a match in over 2 months. The Dane suffered an early loss at Wimbledon at the hands of Ekaterina Makarova and suffered first-up losses in Montreal and Cincinnati. Wozniacki lost to Sabalenka from match-up point up in Montreal and lost to Bertens in Cincinnati. Wozniacki has been struggling with niggling injuries of late and was forced to retire after just 1 set in Cincinnati due to a knee injury.

Sam Stosur fell at the first hurdle in qualifying in both Montreal and Cincinnati, very disappointing results for the Aussie. Stosur had a better week in New Haven, getting through the first couple of matches in the qualifying draw where she was beaten by Camila Giorgi in straight sets. Stosur received a lucky-loser spot in the main draw where she was beaten by Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets.

Wozniacki holds a 7-5 head-to-head record over Stosur. Wozniacki has won the last 3 completed matches between the two, most recently Wozniacki won 6-3 6-2 in Wuhan in 2016. Interestingly, Stosur holds a 4-2 record over Wozniacki on hard courts.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Pauline Parmentier, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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Caroline Wozniacki and Pauline Parmentier will renew hostilities when they meet at the third round stage at Roland Garros on Friday. Wozniacki has once again benefited from a very favourable draw and has cruised through her first few matches in Paris, conversely Parmentier has battled from a set down against fellow Frenchwomen to reach the third round at her home slam for the third time. Can the Frenchwoman cause a big upset in front of the vocal Parisian crowd?

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Roland Garros has historically been Wozniacki’s least successful slam, the Dane has reached the second week in Paris on just 2 previous occasions but will be a strong favourite to make that three times when she takes on Parmentier. Wozniacki has been typically solid in her first few matches in Paris, beating Danielle Collins 7-6 6-1 and Georgina Garcia Perez 6-0 6-1. Wozniacki has certainly fallen into a favourable section in the draw and she rarely slips up in these circumstances.

Pauline Parmentier is in great form at the moment. It was a few months ago where Parmentier claimed her first title in almost 10 years as she won the Istanbul Cup. Parmentier is now into the third round Paris for the third time after back-to-back 3 set wins. The 32-year-old started the week with a 3-6 7-6 6-2 win over Chloe Paquet followed by a courageous 6-7 6-4 6-2 win over Alize Cornet. Parmentier will enter her third round match with Wozniacki having nothing to lose but a lot to gain, a potentially dangerous combination.

Wozniacki won all 3 of the completed matches between the pair, most recently Parmentier did push the Dane to 3 sets in Bastad last year. The pair did play in Istanbul earlier this year where the scores were level at a set apiece before Wozniacki retired injured.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kiki Bertens, Madrid R3 Preview

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Kiki Bertens will be looking for a first career victory over Caroline Wozniacki when the pair meet at the third round stage of the Mutua Madrid Open on Wednesday. Wozniacki holds a perfect 3-0 record over Bertens but this will be their first career meeting on a clay court, Bertens preferred surface and Wozniacki’s least preferred surface. Can Bertens use her clay court craft to claim an upset win?

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action at the 2018 Mutua Madrid Open

Bertens has cruised past two decent opponents to reach the third round in Madrid. Bertens started the week with a 6-4 6-4 win over Maria Sakkari before beating Anastasija Sevastova 6-1 6-4, two good wins over solid opponents that don’t give much away for free.

Caroline Wozniacki cruised past Daria Gavrilova in the opening round, winning 6-3 6-1 but was forced to work extremely hard for a 6-2 4-6 6-4 win over Ashleigh Barty. Wozniacki was on the verge of defeat in the third set when she trailed 2-4 30-40 but it was Wozniacki who remained tough under pressure to win the last 4 games of the match.

Wozniacki has won all three of the previous matches between the pair in straight sets. The most recent match between the pair took place at the Australian Open earlier this year where the Dane won 6-4 6-3.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs Daria Kasatkina, Indian Wells R4 Preview

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Caroline Wozniacki and Daria Kasatkina will renew hostilities when they meet at the fourth round stage of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday evening. Wozniacki has obviously been one of the top performers in 2018 and will head into this match as the favourite. However, Kasatkina is also in great form and beat Wozniacki last month in St. Petersburg in straight sets.

Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark in action at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Caroline Wozniacki laboured into the fourth round on Monday. Wozniacki was forced to work surprisingly hard to get past Aliaksandra Sasnovich, the second seed eventually claimed a hard-fought 6-4 2-6 6-3 victory over the Belarussian. Prior to Wozniacki’s third round win she defeated Lara Arruabarrena 6-4 6-1 after she had received a bye through the opening round. Wozniacki commented after her win over Sasnovich that she finds the Indian Wells surface very challenging because it is so slow and high bouncing, not the ideal conditions for the Dane who can be exposed on a surface like this.

Kasatkina is a player that certainly benefits from the unique conditions in Indian Wells. Kasatkina started the event with a straight set win over Katerina Siniakova before claiming an impressive 6-4 6-3 over Sloane Stephens. Kasatkina has the type of game that is benefited by the slow, high bouncing courts in Indian Wells. Those who play with heavy topspin are at an advantage on this surface, the Kasatkina forehand is a very heavy shot and was very effective in her victory over Sloane Stephens.

The head-to-head record between Wozniacki and Kasatkina is split at 1 win apiece. Wozniacki defeated Kasatkina 6-2 7-5 last year in Doha whilst more recently it was Kasatkina who claimed a 7-6 6-3 win at the quarter-final stage in St. Petersburg last month, can Kasatkina replicate that result and send the second seed packing?

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Simona Halep vs Caroline Wozniacki, Australian Open Final Preview

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A blockbuster championship battle will take place on Saturday night as world number 1 Simona Halep takes on world number 2 Caroline Wozniacki in the Australian Open final. This is huge! Both ladies are playing to win an eagerly awaited maiden Grand Slam title, the winner will also secure the world number 1 ranking. Halep and Wozniacki have both come through great adversity to reach their first Australian Open finals, both have saved multiple match points on route to this stage. Halep and Wozniacki are the two greatest players in the game to have never won a Grand Slam title, both will be competing in their third Grand Slam final, for one of them it will be third time lucky.

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Simona Halep is having a career defining couple of weeks at Melbourne Park. Halep has had to overcome so much pain to get through to her first Australian Open final. The world number 1 severely rolled her ankle in her opening round victory before surviving an almost 4 hour epic that went to 15-13 in the final set against Lauren Davis. Since that troublesome match with Davis, Halep has been in imperious form. Halep crushed Naomi Osaka and Karolina Pliskova in straight sets to set up an epic semi-final with Angelique Kerber.

Halep outlasted Kerber 6-3 4-6 9-7 in what was the greatest match of the tournament thus far. Halep ended the match with a whopping 50 winners, an outstanding number against the best defender on tour. Halep failed to convert at couple of match points at 4-5 in the third set before saving a pair of match points at 5-6. The final set featured several scintillating rallies as both players gave their absolute all on court. In the end, it was Halep who outlasted Kerber, perhaps the best win of Halep’s career.

Caroline Wozniacki has also had to overcome her fair share of adversity on route to her first Australian Open final. Wozniacki came from 1-5 15-40 down in the final set of her second round match with Jana Fett, a second chance in the tournament for Wozniacki. The Dane has made the most of her second life, claiming a couple of straight set wins over Kiki Bertens and Magdalena Rybarikova before beating Carla Suarez Navarro in 3 sets to set up a semi-final with Elise Mertens. Apart from a shaky ending to the match, Wozniacki easily accounted for Elise Mertens, winning 6-3 7-6.

It is Wozniacki who has generally had the better of Halep in this match-up, Wozniacki holds a 4-2 record over the Romanian and has won the last 3 meetings between the pair. The most recent match between the two took place in Singapore last year, Wozniacki easily accounted for Halep, winning 6-0 6-2.