Aegon International, 🇬🇧 Eastbourne R3 Preview
(6) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki vs (12) 🇷🇺 Elena Vesnina
An interesting third round clash at the Aegon International in Eastbourne on Thursday sees the sixth seeded Caroline Wozniacki take on the twelfth seeded Elena Vesnina in a match featuring an intriguing contrast in styles. Vesnina is dangerous on a grass court given her ability at the net but Wozniacki is in rock-solid form and also thrives on grass.
Wozniacki got off to a solid start in Eastbourne, overcoming a tough challenge against Naomi Osaka to claim a 6-2 7-6 win. Wozniacki looms as a genuine contender at Wimbledon next month, it is important for the Dane to keep winning in Eastbourne and gain as much momentum as possible before heading to SW19.
Elena Vesnina had a very disappointing clay court season, the Russian will be hoping the switch to grass will see a change in fortune. Vesnina made it all the way to the semi-finals at Wimbledon last year, there is a lot of pressure on Vesnina next month given the huge portion of points she has to defend, it is therefore important for Vesnina to have a good week in Eastbourne.
Caroline Wozniacki has historically done well in this match-up, Wozniacki holds a 6-2 head-to-head record over the Russian. However, it was Vesnina who won the most recent match between the pair, a 7-5 5-7 6-3 win in Doha last year. Thursday’s clash in Eastbourne will be their first meeting on a grass court.
Wozniacki should again have the edge over Vesnina here. This has proven to be a good match-up for Wozniacki and the Dane is certainly playing with more confidence at the moment and brings much better form into this match. It’s hard to go past Wozniacki here.