Internationaux de Strasbourg, QF Preview
?? (3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. ?? Zarina Diyas
An interesting quarter-final clash in Strasbourg on Thursday sees Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Zarina Diyas go head-to-head for the very first time. This should be a fairly even match-up between two very solid players, Pavlyuchenkova is more comfortable on clay but Diyas has generally produced a better level of tennis in 2018.
After a really poor start to the year Pavlyuchenkova’s form has steadied of late as she is now into a second quarter-final during the clay court swing. Pavlyuchenkova started the week with a 6-0 6-0 demolition of Tatjana Maria, her first career victory without dropping a single game. The Russian secured her spot in the final 8 with a solid 6-4 6-4 win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva.
Zarina Diyas is through to her first quarter-final since Shenzhen in week 1 of the season. Diyas started her Strasbourg campaign with an comfortable 6-2 6-4 win over Katarzyna Piter before eliminating the 6th seeded Timea Babos 7-6 4-6 6-2.
Pavlyuchenkova and Diyas will both be playing for a place in their first semi-final of 2018, who will make their way through to the final 4 in Strasbourg?