Petra Martic vs. Yulia Putintseva, US Open R4 Preview

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?? (8) Petra Martic vs. ?? (23) Yulia Putintseva

Petra Martic and Yulia Putintseva will both be playing to reach the quarter-final stage at the US Open for the very first time when they do battle in a crucial fourth round match at Flushing Meadows on Sunday. Martic and Putintseva are both former quarter-finalists at Roland Garros, both know what it takes at this level, expect a tight match between these two, who will come out on top on the first career meeting between the pair?

Petra Martic is through to the fourth round stage at the US Open for the second year in a row. The 8th seed survived a scare in the opening round when she stumbled past Tereza Martincova 5/7 6/2 6/4. Martic’s last couple of matches have been less complicated against favourable opponents, a 6/3 6/4 win over Kateryna Bondarenko, followed by a 6/3 6/3 victory against Varvara Gracheva. The draw has opened up for Martic and she has been good enough to take advantage, can she keep her run going?

Yulia Putintseva is through to the fourth round at the US Open for the first time, her first appearance in the second week of a major outside of Roland Garros. The 23rd seed started the event with a 6/1 6/3 win over Robin Montgomery, followed by a 6/3 6/3 victory against Vera Lapko. Putintseva has also had a favourable draw, the Kazakh secured her spot in the fourth round with a 3/6 6/2 6/1 win over Aliaksandra Sasnovich. A mature performance from Putintseva over the first week.

This is a match-up that features a lot of variety, the great strength for both Martic and Putintseva is variety, this will make for an interesting clash as they go head-to-head for the first time. I’ll side with Putintseva here. I prefer Martic in a match-up against a bigger hitter, she will need to generate her own pace in this match-up, she will need to make the plays instead of disrupting her opponent and may be frustrated by the defensive skills of Putintseva who isn’t usually too bothered by slice or drop shots. Putintseva always raises her level on the big stage, expect the Kazakh’s superior movement, stamina and flare to see her through this one.

Prediction: Yulia Putintseva to defeat Petra Martic in 3 sets
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Petra Martic vs. Anett Kontaveit, Palermo SF Preview

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?? (1) Petra Martic vs. ?? (4) Anett Kontaveit

The first of the semi-finals at the Palermo Ladies open sees the top seeded Petra Martic come up against the fourth seeded Anett Kontaveit. Martic and Kontaveit are the two remaining seeded players heading into the final 4 and will both fancy their chances to go on and win the title if they can get through this clash.

Petra Martic of Croatia in action during the quarter-final at the 2020 Palermo Ladies Open WTA International tennis tournament

Martic started her Palermo campaign with a comprehensive 6/0 6/3 win over Alison Van Uytvanck before fighting from behind to outlast an in-form Ludmilla Samsonova 5/7 6/4 6/2. The Croatian booked her spot in the semi-finals with a hard-fought 7/6 7/6 triumph against Aliaksandra Sasnovich, two wins in a row for Martic against confident players that came through the qualifying draw in Palermo.

Kontaveit has followed a similar pathway to Martic into the semi-finals in Palermo. The Estonian cruised through her opening round match against Patricia Maria Tig 6/3 6/3 before battling from a set down to defeat Laura Siegemund 3/6 6/2 6/2. The fourth seed cemented her spot in the semi-finals with a topsy-turvy 6/1 4/6 6/1 win over local wild card Elisabetta Cocciaretto. Kontaveit’s best has looked good this week but she has been typically inconsistent.

Anett Kontaveit of Estonia in action during the quarter-finals at the 2020 Palermo Ladies Open WTA International tennis tournament

Martic emerged victorious in the only previous meeting between the pair, a 7/6 6/1 victory on the hard courts of Dubai earlier this year.

I’m going to side with Martic here to make it 2 from 2 against Kontaveit in 2020. Martic was too solid for Kontaveit on a hard court earlier this year and should be further advantaged on the clay in Palermo. Martic has generally been the more impressive of the two this week and has a much better recent record on clay. The versatility and reliability of Martic should get the job done against an erratic opponent.

Prediction: Petra Martic to defeat Anett Kontaveit in 2 sets

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Petra Martic vs. Alison Van Uytvanck, Palermo R1 Preview

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?? (1) Petra Martic vs. ?? Alison Van Uytvanck

The top seeded Petra Martic begins her Palermo Ladies Open campaign with a first round clash against Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck.

Petra Martic of Croatia during practice at the 2020 Palermo Ladies Open WTA International tennis tournament

Both Martic and Van Uytvanck did not compete in any exhibition events during the tour shutdown, so both come into this match with a limited form guide. The pair both achieved their best result of the season just before the layoff, Martic made the semi-finals in Dubai, whilst Van Uytvanck made the semi-finals in Lyon.

Martic was victorious in the only previous match between the pair, a 7/6 6/3 win for the Croatian at the Australian Open in 2018.

Petra Martic excelled on clay in 2019, Martic amassed a 16/3 win/loss record on the red dirt which included a title in Istanbul and a quarter-final appearance at Roland Garros. Conversely Van Uytvanck achieved a mediocre 4/4 win/loss record in tour level matches on clay in the same year.

I will side with Martic here, the top seed should be a class above Van Uytvanck. The greater versatility and reliability in the Martic game should see her through.

Prediction: Petra Martic to defeat Alison van Uytvanck in 2 sets

Petra Martic vs. Elena Rybakina, Dubai SF Preview

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?? (8) Petra Martic vs. ?? Elena Rybakina

The 8th seeded Petra Martic comes up against a red-hot Elena Rybakina in Friday’s first semi-final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships. Martic arrived in Dubai in poor form but has flipped the script to reach her first semi-final since Zhengzhou in September last year. Conversely, Rybakina arrived in Dubai in awesome form having just reached the St. Petersburg final, the Kazakh is showing no signs of letting up and is now into her fourth semi-final of the year.

Petra Martic is the only player to reach the semi-final stage in Dubai without dropping a set. Martic started the event with a 6-4 6-3 win over lucky-loser Su-Wei Hsieh before cruising past Barbora Strycova 6-3 6-3. Martic secured her spot in the semi-finals with a 7-6 6-1 win over Anett Kontaveit. This has been an important week for Martic given her slow start to the season, something to build on.

Elena Rybakina is arguably the form player on the WTA tour. Rybakina has amassed an 18-3 win/loss record in 2020. The 20-year-old won her maiden title on the WTA tour in Hobart last month and has also made finals in Shenzhen and St. Petersburg. Rybakina started her Dubai campaign with a 6-7 6-3 6-3 win over reigning Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin. Rybakina eased past Katerina Siniakova 6-3 6-3 in the second round before booking her spot in the final 4 with a 7-6 6-3 win over the second seeded Karolina Pliskova.

This will be the first career meeting between Martic and Rybakina.

Form says Rybakina will win this, but I’m going to give the slight edge to Martic. I think this could be a troublesome match-up for Rybakina based on a couple of her losses this year. Rybakina was easily beaten by Ash Barty and Kiki Bertens over the last month, Martic posses a similar threat with her versatile game, notably her backhand slice, drop shots, and touch at the net. Rybakina has played a lot of tennis lately and may not have enough left in the tank to get the better of a tricky opponent.

Prediction: Petra Martic to defeat Elena Rybakina in 3 sets
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Petra Martic vs. Marketa Vondrousova, Roland Garros QF Preview

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?? (31) Petra Martic vs. ?? Marketa Vondrousova

A pair of first time quarter-finalists will go head-to-head for a spot in the final 4 at Roland Garros when the 31st seeded Petra Martic comes up against Marketa Vondrousova. On paper this may look like an unexpected quarter-final match-up for a Grand Slam, but Martic and Vondrousova have actually been two of the best performers of the clay court season. Martic has won more matches on the red dirt than anyone else on tour this year whilst Vondrousova has claimed some big wins on the clay over the last few months.

Petra Martic of Croatia in action during her fourth-round match at the 2019 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Petra Martic stormed through the first week at Roland Garros without dropping a set. Martic started her Paris campaign with easy straight set wins over Ons Jabeur and Kristina Mladenovic before upsetting the 2nd seeded Karolina Pliskova 6-3 6-3. Martic’s greatest battle came in the round of 16 where she managed to reach a maiden Grand Slam quarter-final in her fifth fourth round appearance thanks to a 5-7 6-2 6-4 win over Kaia Kanepi. Martic had to battle mental demons in her win over Kanepi, she almost blew her greatest chance to reach the final 8 at a slam but got over the line in what was a tense match.

Marketa Vondrousova arrived in Paris having only won 6 main draw matches at the Grand Slam level. Now Vondrousova is suddenly in a maiden quarter-final in Paris thanks to some devastating tennis. Vondrousova has cruised into the final 8 without dropping a set, in fact she has rarely even been tested. Vondrousova started the event with easy wins over Yafan Wang and Anastasia Potapova before eliminating the 28th seeded Carla Suarez Navarro 6-4 6-4. Vondrousova booked her spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-2 6-0 thrashing of the 12th seeded Anastasija Sevastova. The young Czech star will need to keep up her recent great form if she is to advance any further when she takes on an opponent she is struggled against in recent times.

Petra Martic heads into this clash with a strong 4-0 head-to-head record over Marketa Vondrousova. All 4 of the meetings between the pair have been in the last couple of years. Their most recent match took place in the Istanbul final a few months ago, Martic claimed a 1-6 6-4 6-1 victory on that occasion. Martic won all 3 of their previous matches in straight sets, all on a hard court. Can an in form Vondrousova make it fifth time lucky against the Croatian?

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Simona Halep vs Petra Martic, Indian Wells QF Preview

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?? (1) Simona Halep vs ?? Petra Martic

An interesting quarter-final clash in the Californian desert sees Simona Halep come up against Petra Martic. Halep and Martic have been two of the most consistent players in 2018. Halep has a 17/1 win/loss record in 2018 whilst Martic has amassed an 11/3 win/loss record thus far in 2018. Martic has already taken down some big names in Indian Wells but will need to raise her level even further if she is to upset the world number 1.

Simona Halep of Romania in action at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Simona Halep is one of just two former champions left in the draw at the BNP Paribas Open. The Romanian has not been at her best throughout the opening week of the tournament but has displayed her new mental strength in order to progress to the quarter-finals despite not playing great tennis. Halep started the event with an opening round bye before beating Kristyna Pliskova 6-4 6-4. The 2015 champion survived a huge scare in the third round where she overcame a slow start to beat Caroline Dolehide 1-6 7-6 6-2. Halep secured her spot in the quarter-finals with a 7-5 6-1 win over Qiang Wang in what was a scrappy match. Halep will hope to pick up her level as she moves into the business end of the tournament.

Petra Martic has become a big tournament specialist. Martic has reached the round 16 at Roland Garros, Wimbledon and the Australian Open in the last 12 months. Martic is now into the quarter-finals at a premier mandatory event for the first time. Martic has impressively moved into the final 8 at the BNP Paribas Open without a dropping a set. The 27-year-old started the week with a comfortable win over Tatjana Maria before eliminating the 25th seeded Barbora Strycova with a 7-5 6-4 win. Martic then claimed a big upset as she beat the 6th seeded Jelena Ostapenko 6-3 6-3 before securing her spot in the quarter-finals with a 6-3 7-6 win over Marketa Vondrousova. Martic did well to close out her fourth round in straight sets after she failed to serve out the match late in the second set.

The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Their most recent match took place in Guangzhou in 2015, Halep won that match 6-4 6-2. Martic’s victory over the Romanian came way back in 2011 in Copenhagen where the Croatian won 6-3 5-7 7-5. Clearly Halep is the more accomplished player but Martic has proven to be a dangerous opponent for many top players this year, can the Croatian cause a big upset?

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Marketa Vondrousova vs Petra Martic, Indian Wells R4 Preview

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?? Marketa Vondrousova vs. ?? Petra Martic

An outstanding opportunity presents itself to Marketa Vondrousova and Petra Martic when they meet at the fourth round stage of the BNP Paribas Open on Tuesday. Both Vondrousova and Martic are in uncharted territory at a premier mandatory level event, both will be fighting to reach the quarter-finals at this level of event for the very first time, a big match for both ladies. Who will make this most of this opportunity?

Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic in action at the 2018 BNP Paribas Open WTA Premier Mandatory tennis tournament

Vondrousova and Martic have both strolled through the draw at the BNP Paribas Open, both have yet to drop a set on route to the fourth round, both have overcome higher fancied opponents to reach the round of 16.

Vondrousova started the week with a comfortable win over Madison Brengle before claiming one of the biggest wins of her career as she eliminated the 11th seeded Johanna Konta with a hard-fought 7-6 6-4 victory. Vondrousova confirmed her spot in the final 16 at a premier mandatory event for the first time with a surprisingly comfortable 6-2 6-2 win over Aryna Sabalenka.

Petra Martic is becoming a bit of a specialist at big events. Martic has now reached the fourth round stage at Roland Garros, Wimbledon, the Australian Open and now the BNP Paribas Open within the last 12 months. On the 3 previous occasions, Martic was unable to take the next step, but Tuesday’s match against Vondrousova looms as Martic’s best chance to do so. Martic is in great form this week, the Croatian started the event with a comfortable win over Tatjana Maria before claiming back-to-back upsets over seeded opponents, a 7-5 6-4 win over Barbora Strycova and a 6-3 6-3 Jelena Ostapenko.

It was Martic who won the only previous match between the pair, a 7-6 6-3 victory earlier this year in Auckland.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Petra Martic, U.S Open R1 Preview

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(10) ?? Agnieszka Radwanska vs ?? Petra Martic

Agnieszka Radwanska will begin her 2017 U.S Open campaign with a potentially dangerous opening round clash against Croatia’s Petra Martic. The U.S Open has traditionally been one of Aga’s least successful major tournaments and Pole has generally been far from her best in 2017. However, Radwanska showed signs of improvements last week in New Haven and in a field that is quite open, Radwanska may be able to go on her first deep run at a Grand Slam in 2017. Radwanska has a perfect 2-0 record over Martic, nevertheless, the Croatian has shown in 2017 that she is a threat at major tournaments.

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Daria Gavrilova vs Petra Martic, Wimbledon R1 Preview

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(20) ?? Daria Gavrilova vs (Q) ?? Petra Martic

With Sam Stosur not in action at SW19, Daria Gavrilova will be the only seeded Australian in the main draw. Gavrilova will begin her 2017 Wimbledon campaign with what looks like a favourable draw, Gavrilova will come up against Croatian qualifier Petra Martic on Tuesday. Grass has always been Gavrilova’s least preferred surface, whilst Petra Martic will be sharp having come through the qualifying draw, this looms as a potential upset.

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