Brisbane International, R2 Preview
(3) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh
A blockbuster second round encounter at the Brisbane International on Tuesday sees the third seeded Elina Svitolina come up against 20-year-old rising star Ana Konjuh. Svitolina and Konjuh both rolled through their opening round matches in Brisbane in straight sets, both will head into this match with confidence and eager to test their level against quality opposition at the start of the new year.
Svitolina showcased her new aggressive approach in her 6-2 6-4 opening round victory over Carla Suarez Navarro. Svitolina finished the straight set victory with a whopping 36 winners which included 10 aces. At the business end of the second set, it was Svitolina’s willingness to be aggressive, going for her shots down the line that got her over the edge. Svitolina’s aggressive nature will be better tested against Konjuh, it will be tougher for the Ukrainian to dictate against Konjuh compared to against Suarez Navarro.
Ana Konjuh ended 2017 on unfortunate circumstances, 4 consecutive losses in North America and side-lined from the Asian swing due to injury. Konjuh showed little signs of rust in her opening match of the year at the Brisbane International, Konjuh rocketed past Kiki Bertens 6-1 6-2. Critically, Konjuh saved all 6 break points that she faced throughout the match. Konjuh will need to bring a similar level to the court if she is to have a chance against Svitolina.
The head-to-head record Is split at 1 win apiece. However, most recently it was not an affair contest as Svitolina smashed Konjuh 6-1 6-1 at the quarter-final stage in Moscow in 2016.
#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford QF Preview + Prediction (1) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (5) 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh
A blockbuster quarter-final clash at the Bank of the West Classic in Stanford sees the top seeded Garbine Muguruza and Ana Konjuh go head-to-head for the very first time. Muguruza made a commanding return to action on Wednesday evening in her first match since claiming her second Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. Muguruza stormed past Kayla Day 6-2 6-0 to setup a fascinating clash against Ana Konjuh. The Croatian secured her spot in the quarter-finals with a solid straight set win over Natalia Vikhlyantseva. It will be interesting to see how hard Konjuh can push Muguruza in what should be the first of many matches between these two.
#BOTWClassic, 🇺🇸🐻 Stanford R1 Preview + Prediction (5) 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh vs (Q) 🇳🇿 Maria Erakovic
Ana Konjuh will begin her U.S Open series campaign on Monday afternoon with a first round clash against qualifier, Marina Erakovic. Konjuh’s first big success came in the United States as she reached the quarter-final stage at the U.S Open last year. Konjuh will be hoping for another round of success on the North American hard courts in 2017, starting with a strong showing in Stanford as she builds towards NY.
Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓🎩 R4 Match Preview: (10) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams vs (27) 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh
A Fascinating battle of the generations sees Venus Williams take on Ana Konjuh for a quarter-final spot at SW19. Both Williams and Konjuh enter this clash battle hardened having come through some tough matches in the opening week of the tournament. This will be the first career meeting between Williams and Konjuh, it will be interesting to see if the 19-year-old can execute her game, if she does she is going to be hard to stop.
Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓 Day 3, R2 Match Preview: (27) 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh vs 🇷🇴 Irina-Camelia Begu
In an interesting second round clash at SW19 on Wednesday sees the 27th seeded Ana Konjuh take on Romanian: Irina Camelia Begu. Konjuh and Begu both rocketed through their opening round clashes on Monday in straight sets. Ana Konjuh is one to look out for at Wimbledon, the young Croatian’s game is perfectly suited to grass and given the wide open nature of the draw there is potential for Konjuh to cause great damage over the next fortnight.
Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌴🐬 R2 Match Preview (29) 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh vs 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens
Ana Konjuh and Kirsten Flipkens will go head-to-head for the second time in 2017 when they meet at the second round stage of the Miami Open on Thursday. Konjuh won their only previous encounter in three sets at the ASB Classic in Auckland earlier this year. The young Croatian has shown glimpses of her best in 2017 but has really lacked consistency, Konjuh will be hoping to make a big impact in Miami as she has failed to go deep in a big tournament this year.
🇦🇪 Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, QF Preview: (1) 🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber vs 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh
Thursday’s fourth and final quarter-final of the day at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships promises to be the most intriguing clash of the day when world number 2 Angelique Kerber faces the rapidly improving Ana Konjuh. Kerber has finally found some decent form in Dubai and has huge motivation to win the title this week as she will return to the number 1 ranking if she can go all the way in Dubai. Kerber will face a tough test on Thursday night against the extremely talented Ana Konjuh, an opponent whose best tennis is good enough to beat anyone. Kerber will be wary heading into this one.
Australian Open, 🇦🇺 Second Round Match preview (22) 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova vs 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh
Daria Gavrilova will face a big challenge when she meets Ana Konjuh at the second round stage of the Australian Open on Thursday evening. At just 19 years of age, Ana Konjuh is perhaps the most exciting young talent on the WTA tour and will be looking to continue her strong form at the Grand Slam level after at a quarter-final showing at the U.S Open last year. Gavrilova will need to be at her very best to get through this match given Konjuh’s strong form.
ASB Classic, Auckland Final (8) 🇭🇷 Ana Konjuh vs 🇺🇸 Lauren Davis
A maiden WTA title is up for grabs on Saturday at the ASB Classic in Auckland when Ana Konjuh comes up against Lauren Davis, Ana Konjuh will be competing for her second WTA title whilst Lauren Davis will be looking to capture her very first WTA title. At 19 years of age Konjuh will be competing in her second WTA final whilst Lauren Davis will be contesting her third WTA final. Both ladies battled through tough three set matches at the semi-final stage and have both played quality tennis this week in Auckland.
Tokyo R2: (1) Caroline Wozniacki vs (Q) Ana Konjuh
2014 Toray Pan Pacific Open Runner-up Caroline Wozniacki will kick-start her 2015 campaign on Wednesday evening when she comes up against Croatian qualifier Ana Konjuh. Wozniacki really struggled throughout the North American summer, the Dane will be hoping to put the disappointment behind her and end the year on a high as she looks to once again qualify for the WTA Final in Singapore.
An array of injuries held Caroline Wozniacki back during the North American summer. The Dane never really got going, and was never at her best. Wozniacki suffered three first round exits in the lead up to New York where she would eventually succumb to Petra Cetkovska in the second round. Wozniacki is still an outside chance to reach the WTA Finals in Singapore, the Dane is currently ranked 14th in the Race to Singapore and will need a big couple of weeks if she is to qualify for the season ending finale.
Ana Konjuh breezed through the qualifying draw in Tokyo without dropping a set. The Croatian made a positive start in the main draw, upsetting Kristina Mladenovic 6-0 3-6 6-3 to set up a second round clash with the Danish top seed. Konjuh has a powerful game which can challenge a vulnerable Wozniacki, however the Croatian will need to be at her best if she is to cause a major upset.
In the only previous encounter between the pair, it was Wozniacki who prevailed 6-3 6-0 at Wimbledon last year. It’s going to be a tough ask for Konjuh to turn that result around, this match should be a little more competitive however the end result should remain the same.
Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki to defeat Ana Konjuh in 2 sets