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?? (3) Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. ?? Natalia Vikhlyantseva
An all-Russian battle sees the third seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova take on Natalia Vikhlyantseva for a spot in the quarter-finals at the Internationaux de Strasbourg.
Pavlyuchenkova has been one of 2018’s biggest disappointments and will desperately want to find some form this week before heading to Paris. The early signs were good for Pavlyuchenkova as she thrashed Tatjana Maria 6-0 6-0 in the opening round. Vikhlyantseva looms as a much tougher test on Wednesday, Vikhlyantseva started her Strasbourg campaign with a hard-fought 6-3 7-6 win over Tereza Mrdeza and has been in decent form of late.
The only previous match between the pair ended in a 6-2 6-2 win for Pavlyuchenkova at the Australian Open last year. Expect Vikhlyantseva to be much more competitive on this occasion but can she cause an upset?