Daria Gavrilova vs. Eugenie Bouchard, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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?? Daria Gavrilova vs. ?? Eugenie Bouchard

A fascinating second round match-up at Roland Garros on day 4 sees Daria Gavrilova come up against Eugenie Bouchard. This is a big opportunity for both players to return to the third round stage of a major for the first time in a while. Gavrilova hasn’t reached the third round stage of a major since Wimbledon 2018, whilst Bouchard hasn’t reached the third round stage of a major since the Australian Open in 2017. A winnable match for both, who will make the most of this opportunity to reach the round of 32 at Roland Garros?

Daria Gavrilova made an impressive return to the tour with a 6/4 6/3 victory over the 24th seeded Dayana Yastremska in the opening round. It was Gavrilova’s first tour level match since the US Open last year, her first victory at a major since the US Open in 2018. At her best, Gavrilova has always been a tricky opponent, especially on clay where her exceptional speed and movement make her a tough opponent to put away.

Eugenie Bouchard’s resurgence continues. Fresh from a strong run to the final in Istanbul, Bouchard made her way through to the second round in Paris with a 6/4 6/4 win over Anna Kalinskaya. Bouchard has been grinding away on the European clay since the tour restart with promising results, a quarter-final run in Prague came before she won 6 matches on route to the final of the Istanbul Open earlier this month.

Bouchard holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Gavrilova. However, the pair haven’t met in over 7 years, so their previous encounters are mostly irrelevant. It was Gavrilova who won their most recent match, a 7/6 7/6 victory at the Australian Open in 2013.

I’m going to side with Bouchard here, but Gavrilova is certainly capable. Bouchard has played a heap of matches on clay over the last few months with decent success. The Canadian is match-tough and has built up a nice base level of play. Gavrilova’s upset win over Yastremska in the first round was impressive, but she will face a very different challenge here, Bouchard won’t give away as many gifts. Gavrilova is very early in her comeback to the tour and is still finding her feet. The heavier hitting of Bouchard, greater aggression and match-toughness should give the Canadian the edge here.

Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Dara Gavrilova in 3 sets

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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Jelena Ostapenko vs. Daria Gavrilova, Wuhan R1 Preview

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?? (10) Jelena Ostapenko vs. ?? Daria Gavrilova

A first round match-up in Wuhan which features a huge contrast in styles sees the 10th seeded Jelena Ostapenko take on Daria Gavrilova. Adding to the intrigue is the fact that this will be the first career meeting between the pair. Will attack of defence prevail?

Jelena Ostapenko of Latvia in action during her third-round match at the 2018 US Open Grand Slam tennis tournament

Jelena Ostapenko and Daria Gavrilova have both been in fairly disappointing form of late, both had poor results during the North American hard court swing and both suffered early exits last week. Ostapenko was beaten at the second round stage in her title defense in Seoul, smashed by Ekaterina Alexandrova in straight sets. Gavrilova played a couple of marathon matches against the Pliskova sisters in Tokyo, Gavrilova let several leads slip on route to a three 3 set loss to Karolina Pliskova.

This should be an entertaining match between two totally different players. Ostapenko has the firepower whilst Gavrilova has the defensive prowess. Gavrilova will make life hard for Ostapenko if she is off her game but if the Latvian fires she should be too strong.

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Elise Mertens vs. Daria Gavrilova, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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?? (16) Elise Mertens to defeat ?? (24) Daria Gavrilova

Elise Mertens and Daria Gavrilova will renew hostilities when they meet at the third round stage at Roland Garros on Saturday. Mertens has proven to be a real nemesis for Gavrilova in recent times, the Belgian has won the last two matches between the pair, both at the Grand Slam level, including a straight set win in Melbourne earlier this year. Gavrilova will be keen for revenge here as both players seek to reach the second week in Paris for the first time.

Elise Mertens of Belgium in action during her second-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Elise Mertens has not been at her best through her first few matches in Paris, but she still managed to claim two hard-fought wins without a great level of tennis. Mertens started the event with a surprisingly long 6-7 7-6 6-0 win over Varvara Lepchenko. Mertens produced a slightly more consistent performance in the second round to defeat Heather Watson 6-3 6-4 but overall it was another unconvincing performance from the 16th seed. Mertens has made a real habit out of winning tough matches, she doesn’t need to play her best to win the majority of her matches, which is a good thing, but she will need to step it up to stay alive in Paris.

It has been a roller coaster ride to the third round for Daria Gavrilova. The Aussie came from a set and a break down in each of her first two victories in Paris. In the opening round Gavrilova defeated Sorana Cirstea 4-6 7-6 6-3 in a rain interrupted match. Gavrilova’s second round win was even more dramatic, a 5-7 7-5 6-3 win over Bernarda Pera. Gavrilova led 5-2 in the opening set before losing 8 straight games, Pera led 5-2 in the second set before losing 5 straight games, two huge collapses. Gavrilova was too solid in the deciding set, coming from 0-2 down to win quite comfortably. Gavrilova certainly isn’t playing great tennis but one can’t question her determination.

Mertens holds a 2-1 H2H record over Gavrilova. The Belgian has won the last two matches between the pair, a 7-6 1-6 6-4 win at Roland Garros last year and a 7-5 6-3 win at the Australian Open earlier this year. Will Mertens make it 3 in a row over the Aussie?

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Daria Gavrilova vs. Bernarda Pera, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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?? (24) Daria Gavrilova vs. ?? Bernarda Pera

Daria Gavrilova and Bernarda Pera will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the second round stage in Paris on Thursday. Gavrilova and Pera will both be playing to reach the third round at Roland Garros for the first time, both will fancy their chances here as they enter this match on the back of solid opening round victories.

Daria Gavrilova of Australia in action during her first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Daria Gavrilova secured her spot in the second round with a gutsy 4-6 7-6 6-3 win over Sorana Cirstea. Gavrilova looked destined for a quick exit when she trailed by a set and a break. The Aussie fought through a tough second set before again coming from a break down in the third set to earn a famous victory. It was a big win for Gavrilova who has generally underachieved at the Grand Slam level.

Bernarda Pera’s route to the second round was far more straightforward. The American cruised past Elena Vesnina 6-3 6-2, the victory was Pera’s first main draw victory at Roland Garros. Pera is in career best form in 2018, the American won her first matches at the Grand Slam level earlier this year as she reached the third round in Melbourne.

This should be a tight encounter between two players who enjoy playing on clay, who will prevail?

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Daria Gavrilova vs Lesia Tsurenko, Acapulco SF Preview

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?? (3) Daria Gavrilova vs ?? (7) Lesia Tsurenko

Lesia Tsurenko is now just two steps away from successfully defending her title in Acapulco. The Ukrainian loves the Abierto Mexicano, Tsurenko has won her last 8 matches at the event, all in straight sets. Tsurenko will look to keep her dream run going on Friday when she comes up against Daria Gavrilova in the first semi-final of the day. This has been a good match-up for Tsurenko who is yet to lose a match to the Aussie.

Daria Gavrilova has certainly not been at her best this week but she has competed hard and claimed some critical victories. Gavrilova took a late wild card into the event as she looked to gain some much needed momentum. The decision is seemingly paying off, Gavrilova started the week with a scrappy 3 set win over Madison Brengle before beating Mexican wild card Renata Zarazúa in straight sets. Gavrilova confirmed her spot in the final 4 with a gritty win over Veronica Cepede Royg, Gavrilova outlasted her opponent, winning 6-4 4-6 6-2. Gavrilova’s serve remains a big issue but her defensive skills and variation from the baseline make her a tough opponent.

Lesia Tsurenko has cruised through to the semi-finals in Acapulco without dropping a set. Tsurenko started her title defense with commanding straight set wins over Lauren Davis and Arina Rodionova before booking her spot in the final 4 with a 6-2 6-2 win over Kristina Mladenovic. Tsurenko produced a high quality performance to blitz Mladenovic in what was a rematch of last year’s final, it was almost a perfect match from the defending champion.

Tsurenko enters this clash with a 4-0 record over Gavrilova. All 4 of their previous matches were on a hard court. Most recently, a 6-2 6-3 win for Tsurenko in a Fed Cup tie last year.

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Daria Gavrilova vs Veronica Cepede Royg, Acapulco QF Preview

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?? (3) Daria Gavrilova vs. ?? Veronica Cepede Royg

An interesting quarter-final match-up in Acapulco sees the third seeded Daria Gavrilova come up against Paraguay’s Veronica Cepede Royg. Gavrilova has scrapped her way into the final in 8 in Acapulco, the Aussie has not been at her best but has competed well enough to stay alive. Cepede Royg is playing great tennis, defeating two more fancied opponents to reach the final 8 in Acapulco. Can Cepede Royg claim a third consecutive upset victory?

Daria Gavrilova is competing in Acapulco the first time. The Aussie started the week with an unconvincing 3 set win over Madison Brengle, a 4-6 6-3 6-3 triumph. Gavrilova overcame a couple of tough moments to get past Mexican wild card Renata Zarazúa, 7-5 6-3. Gavrilova’s serve continues to be a big problem, Gavrilova has hit a whopping 23 double faults in her first 2 matches this week. Gavrilova will need to improve her level if she is to advance any further this week as she comes up against an in-form Cepede Royg on Thursday.

It has been a brilliant week for Cepede Royg. The Paraguayan started the event with a memorable 4-6 7-6 6-3 win over Belinda Bencic. Cepede Royg backed up one of the biggest wins of her career with an equally impressive win, a 7-6 6-1 win over the 5th seeded Irina-Camelia Begu. Unlike Gavrilova, Cepede Royg is serving very well this week. Cepede Royg was broken on just one occasion in her win over Begu and was strong on serve against Bencic.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair.

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Daria Gavrilova vs Renata Zarazua, Acapulco R2 Preview

Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, ??? Acapulco R2 Preview
?? (3/wc) Daria Gavrilova vs ?? (wc) Renata Zarazúa

The third seeded Daria Gavrilova will come up against local wild card Renata Zarazúa in the second round of the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL. Gavrilova scrapped through her opening round match with Madison Brengle, the Aussie will be hoping for a much more consistent performance against Zarazúa. Gavrilova will be an overwhelming favourite heading into this match but will have to contest against an opponent with nothing to lose and the vocal Mexican crowd.

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It was a frustrating opening match for Gavrilova in Acapulco, a 4-6 6-3 6-3 win over Madison Brengle. Gavrilova was wayward early but played at a higher level more often in the second and third sets, enough to get over the line against a frustrating opponent. Gavrilova has a tendency to get involved in tight matches against much lower ranked opponent so she will be unlikely to take anything for granted heading into this second round match.

20-year-old Mexican wild card Renata Zarazúa caused the biggest upset of the tournament thus far when she defeated Kristyna Pliskova in the opening round. The 6-3 6-4 win was the biggest win of the 20-year-old’s career, her first victory over an opponent ranked inside the top 100. It must be said that Pliskova played awfully, but credit to Zarazúa who did what she had to do and played with good variety.

This will be the first career meeting between the pair.

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Daria Gavrilova vs Madison Brengle, Acapulco R1 Preview

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?? (3/wc) Daria Gavrilova vs ?? Madison Brengle

Daria Gavrilova has been granted a late wild card into the 2018 Abierto Mexicano TELCEL as she attempts to find a much needed form reversal heading into a couple of big events in Indian Wells and Miami. Gavrilova will begin her Acapulco campaign against America’s Madison Brengle.

Gavrilova had a fairly disappointing Australian summer, beaten in the second round at the Australian Open and more recently having horror weekend in Fed Cup action. Gavrilova was beaten by 16-year-old Marta Kostyuk and the unraked Nadiia Kichenok on grass in Australia’s 3-2 Fed Cup win over the Ukraine. Gavrilova is clearly not feeling very confident on court at the moment, the Australian has had the yips on serve, a big issue she will need to rectify.

Madison Brengle arrives in Acapulco with confidence after winning the ITF Midland title a few weeks ago. Brengle did not drop a set on route to the title and beat decent opposition such as Mihaela Buzarnescu. It was an important week for Brengle to build confidence after being dealt a horror draw at the Australian Open, suffering an opening round loss to Johanna Konta.

The only previous match between the pair took place at an ITF event in 2014, Brengle won that match in 3 sets.

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Daria Gavrilova vs Marta Kostyuk, Fed Cup Preview

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?? Daria Gavrilova vs ?? Marta Kostyuk

Saturday’s second rubber in the Fed Cup world group 2 tie between Australia and Ukraine promises to be the most important rubber of the entire tie. Ash Barty is expected to comfortably get past Lyudmyla in the opening rubber to give Australia a 1-0 lead in Canberra. Marta Kostyuk is clearly Ukraine’s most dangerous player in their squad, Kostyuk has had a great Australian summer and can make this tie interesting with an upset win over Gavrilova.

Daria Gavrilova had a reasonable Australian summer. The 23-year-old reached the semi-finals at the Sydney International before falling at the second round stage at Melbourne Park to eventual semi-finalist Elise Mertens. Gavrilova has shown commitment to the Australian Fed Cup team over the last few years but has not had the best results in this format, a 2/3 win/loss record in singles Fed Cup matches.

Marta Kostyuk will be making her Fed Cup debut. As the highest ranked player for Ukraine in Canberra, there is a lot of pressure on the 15-year-old to give a good account of herself. Kostyuk is on a high right now. Kostyuk is at a career high ranking of 185 after winning the ITF Burnie 60K title last week which followed her impressive run to the third round at the Australian Open in January. Kostyuk is the youngest player ranked inside the top 200 in almost 10 years.

This will be the first career meeting between Gavrilova and Kostyuk.