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?? (2) Daria Gavrilova vs. ?? Samantha Stosur
An all-Aussie second round clash in Strasbourg sees the second seeded Daria Gavrilova take on Sam Stosur in what is a rematch of last year’s final in Strasbourg. In 2017 it was Stosur that got the better of Gavrilova in 3 tight sets to win the title, Gavrilova will be looking for revenge here and the recent form of the pair suggests that is likely.
Gavrilova and Stosur both started their 2018 Strasbourg campaigns with straight set wins, however, in contrasting fashion. Gavrilova was forced to work extremely hard for a 7-6 7-6 win over Jennifer Brady whilst Stosur started her title defense with a fairly comfortable 6-3 6-2 win over Sofia Kenin.
The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 2 wins apiece. These two know each other well, the Fed Cup teammates often train together and will be aware of each other’s strengths and weaknesses. The most recent match between the pair took place not too long ago in Prague where the match was level at 1 set all before Gavrilova was forced to retire due to injury.
Stosur has won both of their previous match of clay after also winning in the Strasbourg final last year, will it be third time lucky for Gavrilova?