Caroline Wozniacki vs. Samantha Stosur, US Open R1 Preview

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?? (2) Caroline Wozniacki vs. ?? Samantha Stosur

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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Garbine Muguruza vs. Samantha Stosur, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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?? (3) Garbine Muguruza vs. ?? Samantha Stosur

A blockbuster third round clash in Paris on Saturday sees the 3rd seeded Garbine Muguruza takes on Samantha Stosur, a heavyweight battle in the opening week at Roland Garros. Muguruza and Stosur both have great records at Roland Garros, Muguruza a former champion, Stosur a former finalist. The pair enter this match in good shape after consecutive straight set wins, who will step up and win this exciting match?

Garbine Muguruza of Spain during the first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

Garbine Muguruza was dealt an extremely tough opening round draw in Paris. The 2016 Roland Garros champion was unfazed as she defeated fellow former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova 7-6 6-2. They key to that match was the 7-0 first set tiebreak for the Spaniard. Muguruza booked her spot in the third round with a surprisingly tough 6-4 6-3 win over Fiona Ferro.

Sam Stosur has also come through a dangerous section of the draw. Stosur started the week with a commanding 6-2 6-4 win over Yanina Wickmayer before defeating Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-2 7-6. Stosur was behind for most of the second set but a beak as Pavlyuchenkova served for the set turned the match in Stosur’s favour as she cruised to victory in the second set tiebreak.

Muguruza holds a 2-1 H2H record over Stosur. The most recent match between the pair took place in Brisbane last year, Muguruza claimed an extremely hard-fought 7-5 6-7 7-5 victory. Muguruza also defeated Stosur at the semi-final stage at Roland Garros in 2016, a 6-2 6-4 win.

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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Samantha Stosur, Roland Garros R2 Preview

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?? (30) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. ?? Samantha Stosur

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Samantha Stosur will renew hostilities when they meet at the second round stage in Paris on Thursday. This is a tough early round draw, Pavlyuchenkova enters this match in great form having won the title in Strasbourg last week whilst Stosur has an outstanding record at Roland Garros and is always tough to beat in Paris.

Sam Stosur of Australia during the first-round match at the 2018 Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis tournament

After a terrible start to the season Pavlyuchenkova has finally found some form. Pavlyuchenkova is on a 6-match winning streak after winning an epic 3 and a half hour final against Dominika Cibulkova in Strasbourg last week to claim her first title of the year. Pavlyuchenkova secured her spot in the second round in Paris with a hard-fought 6-4 7-6 victory over Polona Hercog.

Sam Stosur cruised into the second round in Paris with an easy 6-2 6-4 win over Yanina Wickmayer. Stosur was always in control of the match and despite a slight wobble in the second set it was a fairly convincing performance by the Aussie. Stosur has an outstanding 31-9 win/loss record at Roland Garros since 2009, consistently performing well at her favourite Grand Slam.

Pavlyuchenkova holds a 4-3 head-to-head record over Stosur. It was Stosur who won their most recent match, a 6-1 6-7 6-3 victory in Madrid earlier this year. Prior to that victory for Stosur it was the Russian who won 4 matches in a row over the Aussie.

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Samantha Stosur vs. Camila Giorgi, Prague QF Preview

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?? Samantha Stosur vs. ?? Camila Giorgi

The pick of the quarter-final clashes on Thursday from the Prague open sees Samantha Stosur take on Camila Giorgi in what should be an exciting encounter between two powerful opponents. Stosur and Giorgi have both looked good this week, both enter this quarter-final clash with confidence after straight set victories in the second round. Giorgi is looking particularly dangerous but can the experienced Aussie tame the ultra-aggressive Italian?

Sam Stosur had a bizarre start to the tournament in Prague. Stosur looked set for a straight set win over compatriot Daria Gavrilova before Gavrilova fought back and pushed the match to a decider. Gavrilova ultimately retired injured before the third set even started. Stosur’s second round win was a more conventional victory, a solid 6-4 6-4 win over Denisa Allertova to reach her first quarter-final of 2018. Stosur’s strong serving was the highlight of her victory over Allertova, winning over 80% of service points behind her first and second serve.

Camila Giorgi seems to be catching fire after a slow couple of months. Giorgi is now into back-to-back quarter-finals having reached the Lugano quarter-finals a few weeks ago. Giorgi started the week with a topsy-turvy 6-0 2-6 6-2 win over Barbora Strycova, Giorgi’s best tennis in that match was almost unplayable, certainly for Strycova it was. Giorgi secured her spot in a third quarter-final of 2018 with a 6-4 6-2 win over Tamara Korpatsch, a good win for Giorgi considering she trailed early in each set.

The only previous match between the pair ended in a 7-6 6-7 6-1 win for Stosur at the US Open in 2016.

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Monica Puig vs Samantha Stosur, Miami R1 Preview

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?? Monica Puig vs ?? Samantha Stosur

Monica Puig and Samantha Stosur will renew hostilities when they meet at the opening round stage of the 2018 Miami Open. Puig and Stosur played out a dramatic opening round clash at the Australian Open earlier this year, a match where Puig came from a set down and saved match point on route to a memorable victory. Undoubtedly, Stosur’s loss to Puig in Melbourne was a devastating one, the Aussie will head into this match in Miami with revenge on her mind.

Monica Puig is still yet to claim back-to-back main draw victories in 2018. The Puerto Rican continues to be a disappointment, we know that the Rio gold medallists best is good but we scarcely see her best tennis, certainly not on a consistent basis. Puig will hope she can finally build some momentum this week in Miami, a second home to the 24-year-old, certainly conditions she will feel comfortable in.

Sam Stosur is also yet to win back-to-back main draw matches in 2018 and has for the most part continued to underachieve just like Puig has. Like Puig, Stosur was eliminated in the second round in Indian Wells last week. Stosur started the event with a positive 3 set win over Lauren Davis before suffering a straight set win to Kristina Mladenovic. Stosur had leads in each set in her loss to Mladenovic so it was a typically disappointing result and manner in which the Aussie lost.

Stosur holds a 4-2 head-to-head record over Puig. However, it is Puig who has won the last couple of matches between the pair. Puig defeated Stosur 6-4 6-4 in Sydney in 2016, most recently Puig beat Stosur 4-6 7-6 6-4 at the Australian Open earlier this year. So, both can take confidence from the head-to-head record.

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Kristina Mladenovic vs Samantha Stosur, Indian Wells R2 Preview

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?? (14) Kristina Mladenovic vs. ?? Samantha Stosur

The 14th seeded Kristina Mladenovic will begin her 2018 BNP Paribas Open campaign with a difficult second round clash against Australia’s Samantha Stosur. Mladenovic went on a big run to the semi-finals at this event 12 months ago, as a result she has a significant chunk of points to defend over the next fortnight, the pressure is on the Frenchwoman. Adding to the pressure is the fact that Stosur has a 4-0 H2H record over Mladenovic, will Stosur maintain her unbeaten record against Mladenovic?

Mladenovic has managed to gain some kind of momentum over the last month. The 24-year-old ignited her season with a run to the final in St. Petersburg before heroically guiding France into the Fed Cup semi-finals. Mladenovic arrives in Indian Wells fresh off a quarter-final showing in Acapulco. However there have been some poor losses of late, including a miserable loss to Lesia Tsurenko at the quarter-final stage in Acapulco last week. This second round clash in Indian Wells looms as a critical moment in the season for Mladenovic, a win would be huge, a loss would be another blow to her confidence.

Sam Stosur booked her spot in the second round at the BNP Paribas Open with a 3-6 6-3 6-3 victory over Lauren Davis, the win extended Stosur’s unbeaten record against Davis to 4-0. Stosur has managed to build some momentum over the last month, Stosur won 3 consecutive matches for the first time in a while as she successfully came through the qualifying draw in Dubai a few weeks ago. The surface in Indian Wells is certainly favourable for Stosur as she gets plenty of time to run around and hit her forehand more often than not.

Stosur holds an unbeaten 4-0 record over Mladenovic, a 2-0 record on hard courts. The most recent match between the pair took place in Washington in 2015, Stosur won that match 6-2 6-2. Clearly this is a favourable match-up for Stosur.

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Samantha Stosur vs Jelena Ostapenko, Roland Garros R4 Preview

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(23) ?? Samantha Stosur vs ?? Jelena Ostapenko

Sam Stosur is now arguably the form player on tour and looms as one of the main contenders to go on to win the title in Paris. Stosur is on an 8 match winning streak after arriving at Roland Garros fresh off a title run in Strasbourg. Stosur has cruised through her first three matches in Paris in straight sets and seems to be getting stronger and stronger with each match, Stosur will face her greatest test of the tournament thus far on Sunday when she up against the extremely dangerous Jelena Ostapenko.

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Samantha Stosur vs Bethanie Mattek-Sands, Roland Garros R3 Preview

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(23) ?? Samantha Stosur vs (Q) ?? Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Samantha Stosur’s section of the draw has really opened up. The former runner-up will not have to face a seeded opponent until at least the quarter-final stage in Paris. Stosur comes up against American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round at Roland Garros on Friday. Stosur is on a 7-match winning streak after winning the title in Strasbourg last week whilst Mattek-Sands also enters this match in great form having won 5 matches in a row in Paris, most recently an upset win over Petra Kvitova.

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Samantha Stosur vs Kristina Kucova, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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(23) ?? Samantha Stosur vs ?? Kristina Kucova

Samantha Stosur is another big contender heading into Roland Garros 2017. The former runner-up has always excelled in Paris, reaching at least the semi-final stage on four previous occasions. Stosur arrives in Paris on the back of a much-needed confidence boost in Strasbourg where she defeated Daria Gavrilova in three sets to win the title. Stosur has the ability to compete with anyone of this surface and should get her campaign off to a good start when she meets Kristina Kucova in the first round on Monday in Paris.

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Simona Halep vs Samantha Stosur, Madrid R3 Preview

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(3) ?? Simona Halep vs (16) ?? Samantha Stosur

Simona Halep survived an almighty scare in her second round clash against Roberta Vinci on Tuesday. Halep found herself down 2-5 in the deciding third set but managed to win 5 of the last 6 games, running away with the decisive tiebreaker to claim a hard-fought 6-3 2-6 7-6 win. Halep’s title defence continues on Wednesday when she takes on Samantha Stosur, an opponent the Romanian has a good recent record against.

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