WTA Elite Trophy, 🇨🇳🌹🐉 Zhuhai RR Preview + Prediction (4) 🇷🇺 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs (9) 🇦🇺 Ashleigh Barty
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova kickstarted her 2017 Zhuhai campaign off in style when she defeated Angelique Kerber in three sets on Tuesday evening. Pavlyuchenkova can confirm her progression into the semi-finals when she comes up against Ashleigh Barty on Wednesday at the WTA Elite Trophy. The Russian has won the two previous matches between the pair but Barty has improved greatly since their most recent match and the Aussie will looking to make a strong start in her Zhuhai debut.
WTA Elite Trophy, 🇨🇳🌹🐉 Zhuhai RR Preview + Prediction (4) 🇷🇺 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs (8) 🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber
The best match is saved until last on Tuesday in Zhuhai as Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Angelique Kerber resume hostilities to draw out the singles action on day 1 of the Elite Trophy. Pavlyuchenkova and Kerber have built up a very competitive rivalry over the years, the head-to-head record between the pair is currently split at 5 wins apiece. Pavlyuchenkova has won their only two matches in 2017 and has generally been in much better form than the German in recent times. However, Kerber will be keen to end what has been a disappointing season on a high and is easily the most accomplished player in the draw this week in Zhuhai. It will be interesting to see how this match pans out on Tuesday evening.
Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, Preview + Prediction QF: (6) 🇷🇺 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs 🇯🇵 Naomi Osaka
A Fascinating quarter-final at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open on Friday sees the 6th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Japan’s Naomi Osaka go head-to-head for the first time. Naomi Osaka will enter this exciting match full of confidence after she eliminated Venus Williams in straight sets on Wednesday evening. Pavlyuchenkova also enters this match in good form and has been one of the most consistent players on tour in 2017, especially on a hard court. It will be interesting to see how this match-up unfolds.
Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, Preview + Prediction R1: (6) 🇷🇺 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs 🇭🇺 Timea Babos
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will look to rebound from a couple of early round exits in Wuhan and Beijing with a strong showing at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open. Pavlyuchenkova will begin her Hong Kong campaign with a first round clash against Timea Babos, a potentially dangerous opponent for the Russian.
The second quarter-final of the day at the Bank of the West Classic on Friday sees the 4th seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova come up against the 6th seeded CoCo Vandeweghe. Pavlyuchenkova and Vandeweghe both breezed into the final 8 with convincing second round wins on Thursday in Stanford, both will enter the quarter-final stage full of confidence. The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece heading into this match, it seems hard to split these two heading into what should be a very even, hard-fought clash.