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Eugenie Bouchard vs Lucie Hradecka, Miami R1 Preview

Miami R1: Eugenie Bouchard vs Lucie Hradecka

Eugenie Bouchard will begin her Miami Open campaign on Wednesday with a first round clash with Lucie Hradecka. Bouchard has made a very positive start to the season, the Canadian certainly seems to have put her 2015 season form slump behind her as the future once against looks very bright for Genie. Bouchard will be a strong favourite heading into this first round clash but Hradecka is capable of causing Bouchard some problems and actually leads their head-to-head series 2-1.

Eugenie Bouchard’s level has steadily improved in season 2016 after a horror ending to 2015, however there is still a way to go before the Canadian reaches the level that saw her crack into the top 5 in 2014. Bouchard arrives in Miami fresh off a decent couple of weeks of tennis, reaching the final in Kuala Lumpur before defeating Sloane Stephens on route to the third round appearance at the BNP Paribas Open where Genie would ultimately succumb to Timea Bacsinszky in a three set clash. Interestingly, Bouchard has only ever won 1 match at the Miami Open, and will have minimal points to defend after a first up loss to Tatjana Maria in Miami last year. A good opportunity for Bouchard to continue to build her ranking as she looks to mover back towards the top 10. 

 

Lucie Hradecka finally recorded her first main draw victory of 2016 last week at the BNP Paribas Open, recording a very nervy three set win over Alison Riske. However, the Czech’s run didn’t last long as she was eliminated by Ekaterina Makarova courtesy of a straight set defeat in the second round. Hradecka has also struggled in Miami in recent years, Lucie has not won a main draw match at the event since 2011.

Surprisingly, Lucie Hradecka holds a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Bouchard, but Lucie’s two victories came in 2012 before Bouchard’s rise. The Canadian won the only relevant previous match between the pair, a comfortable 6-2 6-2 win in Indian Wells last year. I suspect this will be another relatively comfortable win for Genie given her recent stable form and Lucie’s recent woes. There are no strong reasons to suggest this match will result in an upset. Bouchard should be too good. 

Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Lucie Hradecka in 2 sets


Daria Gavrilova vs Lucie Hradecka, Australian Open R1 Preview

Australian Open R1: Daria Gavrilova vs Lucie Hradecka

Daria Gavrilova will be representing Australia for the very first time at Melbourne Park in 2016. The newly adopted Australian arrives in Melbourne in great form and full of confidence after helping guide Australian to Hopman Cup success in Perth. Gavrilova will begin her Australian Open campaign with a first round clash against Lucie Hradecka on Monday.

Gavrilova made a perfect start to 2016, guiding Australia to the Hopman cup title alongside Nick Kyrgios. Gavrilova won 3 of her 4 singles matches during the event, including victories over Sabine Lisicki, Heather Watson and most notably a 6-4 7-6 victory over Elina Svitolina in the final. Gavrilova seemingly won over the Australian public by showing great determination in all of her matches. It will be interesting to see how far Gavrilova goes in her first Australian Open campaign representing Australia, early indications suggest that she will thrive under these circumstances with the Australian crowd right behind her.

 

Lucie Hradecka has made a poor start to the season, failing to advance past the first round in both Auckland and Sydney. Hradecka was thumped by Julia Goerges in the first round in Hobart before managing to reach the main draw in Sydney as a lucky-loser. Hradecka’s main draw journey didn’t last long, suffering a comprehensive 2-6 1-6 loss to Ekaterina Makarova. Hradecka will however bring great memories into this event, having fought through qualifying before shocking Ana Ivanovic in the first round last year in Melbourne.

This will be the first career meeting between Gavrilova and Hradecka. This is an interesting match-up because the two are almost polar opposites. Gavrilova is one of the best movers on tour and brings a lot of variety to the court whilst Hradecka Is a tall, powerful hitter. Gavrilova should ultimately be too classy for Hradecka, I highly doubt Hradecka has the ability to consistently hit through a determined Gavrilova who run down ball after ball and really frustrate Hradecka.

Prediction: Daria Gavrilova to defeat Lucie Hradecka in 2 sets

Victoria Azarenka vs Lucie Hradecka, U.S Open R1 Preview

U.S Open R1: (20) Victoria Azarenka vs Lucie Hradecka

Victoria Azarenka looms as Serena Williams’ biggest threat over the next fortnight in New York. Azarenka is a two-time runner up at Flushing Meadows, coming agonizingly close to winning the title in 2012 where she failed to serve out the match against Serena Williams. Vika will be looking to go one step better in 2015, the Belarusian will start her 2015 campaign on Tuesday where she will come up against Lucie Hradecka.

Vika showed glimpses of her best during the U.S Open series, however injuries ultimately held her back yet again. Vika stormed through to the round of 16 in Toronto and Cincinnati but ultimately succumbed in a disappointing fashion at both events.

Vika recorded convincing victories over Elina Svitolina and Petra Kvitova in Toronto before playing a bizarrely poor match to lose to Sara Errani in the third round. Vika’s 6-0 6-4 victory over Caroline Wozniacki in Cincinnati was the highlight of the Belarusians lead up to New York. Vika played some incredible tennis in the first set, obliterating Wozniacki. The tournament ended poorly for Vika as she was forced to retire injured during her third round match with Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.

 

Lucie Hradecka’s record at the U.S Open is in complete contrast to Vika’s. Lucie has just 1 main draw victory to her name at Flushing Meadows in 5 appearances at the event. Hradecka’s form during the U.S Open series was quite terrible, failing to get through the qualifying draw in Toronto, Cincinnati and New Haven.

This should be a fairly routine victory for Vika. The Belarusian has a 3-0 head to head record over Lucie and should be far too good in New York, a city she loves playing in.

Prediction: Victoria Azarenka to defeat Lucie Hradecka in 2 sets

Agnieszka Radwanska vs Lucie Hradecka, Wimbledon R1 Preview

(13) Agnieszka Radwanska vs Lucie Hradecka

After a hugely disappointing start to 2015, Aga arrives at Wimbledon with confidence after a strong showing at Eastbourne. Radwanska suffered a humiliating first round exit and Roland Garros and saw her ranking slipped outside the top 10 for the first time since 2011. The Pole has recovered well in the lead up to Wimbledon, reaching the semifinals in Nottingham and the final at Eastbourne.

Aga claimed three impressive victories in Eastbourne, defeating Karolina Pliskova, Tsvetana Pironkova and Sloane Stephens. Aga’s victory over Tsvetana Pironkova was particularly encouraging, Aga looked close to her best in a vintage performance, showing that she can still be very dangerous on grass. It was however a disappointing ending to the tournament, Aga capitulating to a 4-6 6-4 0-6 loss to Belinda Bencic in the final.

 

Wimbledon has been Aga’s most successful Grand Slam, Aga became the first Pole in the open era to reach a Grand Slam final in 2012 where she was defeated by Serena Williams in 3 sets. However it was in 2013 that Aga saw her biggest opportunity to win a Grand Slam slip through her fingers. Aga lost an epic three set battle to Sabine Lisicki in the semifinals, Marion Bartoli went on to win the title.

Lucie Hradecka has never made it past the first round at Wimbledon, suffering 5 first round exits in her career. This is surprising given Lucie possess a massive serve and punishing groundstrokes. Lucie’s lead up to Wimbledon hasn’t been great, suffering early round exits in Nottingham and Birmingham.

 

This will be the first meeting between these two in almost in 10 years. Interestingly, Aga has never defeated Lucie. Hradecka holds a 3-0 head to head record, however these results are quite irrelevant.

Radwanska will be desperate for another deep run at Wimbledon this year, to prove to herself that she still has what it takes to compete with the very best. The Pole must be questioning herself given her horrible results this year.

Aga should be far too classy for Lucie, a comfortable straight set victory is likely.

Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Lucie Hradecka in 2 sets

2015 Australian Open: Top 10 Matches

10. Third Round: Madison Keys def. (4) Petra Kvitova 6-4 7-5

A much anticipated breakthrough victory for Madison Keys. Showing maturity and composure beyond her years to defeat Petra Kvitova in two tight sets.

9. Third Round: Victoria Azarenka def. (25) Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-4 6-4

This match wasn't high in quality however it was high in entertainment and drama.

8. Third Round: (18) Venus Williams def. Camila Giorgi 4-6 7-6 6-1

Venus Williams produced a stunning fightback from a set and a break down to defeat Giorgi in an entertaining slugfest.

7. Second Round: Victoria Azarenka def. (8) Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 6-2

This match was much closer than the scoreline suggests. Vika's performance in this match was awesome, she played her best tennis in over a year to condemn Caroline to a second round exit.

6. Fourth Round: (1) Serena Williams def. (24) Garbine Muguruza 2-6 6-3 6-2

A feisty encounter ending with revenge . Serena avenging her humiliating second round defeat to Garbine Muguruza at Roland Garros in 2014 with an extremely hard fought victory on Rod Laver Arena.

5. First Round: Yaroslava Shvedova def. (16) Lucie Safarova 6-4 2-6 8-6

Out on show Court 3, a select few were treated to an enthralling contest. Shvedova played incredibly well to upset an in form Lucie Safarova in the opening round of the tournament.

4. First Round: (Q) Lucie Hradecka def. (5) Ana Ivanovic 1-6 6-3 6-2

This was the upset of the tournament. Ana Ivanovic knocked out of the tournament in the first round by a journeywoman qualifier on Rod Laver Arena.


Ana Ivanovic vs Lucie Hradecka Australian Open... by mglovestennis

3. Second Round: (2) Maria Sharapova def. (Q) Alexandra Panova 6-1 4-6 7-5

we almost saw the upset of the tournament here, the unheralded russian qualifier had two match points to defeat the Russian megastar. Maria came up with some outrageous play when down match point to fight her way to victory.

2. Final: (1) Serena Williams def. Maria Sharapova 6-3 7-6

The second set in this match was the best set of the tournament. The set was played at an incredible intensity, a level that can only be achieved when these two ultimate competitors do battle.


Serena Williams vs Maria Sharapova Australian... by mglovestennis

1. Fourth round: (11) Dominika Cibulkova def. Victoria Azarenka 6-2 3-6 6-3

In terms of sustained quality, this was the best match of tournament. These two warriors went toe to toe from the baseline, the majority of the rallies ended in winners. Domi finished the match with 44 winners in what was a truly fantastic performance.

Agree? Disagree? What was your favaourite match of the tournament? Let me know in the comments section 🙂