US Open, 🇺🇸🍎🗽🚕 R1 Preview + Prediction
(29) 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs 🇵🇷 Monica Puig
An interesting opening round clash from Flushing Meadows on Monday sees Mirjana Lucic-Baroni take on Monica Puig in what will be a battle of two of the most inconsistent players on tour. Lucic-Baroni and Puig have both struggled to find their best tennis during the lead-up to New York, both remain dangerous and capable of significantly raising their level at any given tournament, Puig has won both of the previous matches between the pair so she will be able to take some kind of confidence into this match despite her recent poor form.
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Connecticut Open, 🇺🇸🏫 New Haven preview + prediction
R2: (8) 🇨🇳 Shuai Peng vs 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
Tuesday’s second match of the night session at the Connecticut Open will be an interesting contest between the 8th seeded Shuai Peng and the always-dangerous Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Peng and Lucic-Baroni both arrived in New Haven having lost back-to-back matches to begin their U.S Open series campaign. Both will be desperate to turn their fortunes around in New Haven before heading to New York next week. Peng and Lucic-Baroni both got back to the winners list courtesy of tough first round wins in New Haven and will look build momentum with a victory on Tuesday evening.
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Western & Southern Open, 🇺🇸🌉 Cincinnati R1 Preview + Prediction
🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni’s form has severely dropped away towards the second half of the year after a brilliant start to the year that saw her make history by reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Lucic-Baroni has lost 7 of her last 9 matches and will be looking to reignite her season in Cincinnati, starting with a difficult first round clash against Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard has won both of the previous matches between the pair and will like her chances of continuing her unbeaten record over the Croatian.
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Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌴🐬 QF Match Preview
(2) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs (26) 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni
A rematch of the Australian Open quarter-finals will take place at the same stage of the Miami Open as the second seeded Karolina Pliskova comes up against her nemesis Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Pliskova was stunned by Lucic-Baroni at the quarter-final stage of the Australian Open earlier this year, one of the most disappointing losses of Karolina’s career, a match that would certainly still haunt her.
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Abierto Mexicano TELCEL, 🇲🇽🍐 Acapulco R1 Preview
(1) 🇭🇷 Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs 🇨🇭 Belinda Bencic
Mirjana Lucic-Baroni will be in unfamiliar territory as she enters the Abierto Mexicano TELCEL as the top seed. Lucic-Baroni will be in action for the first time since her extraordinary run to the semi-finals at the Australian Open in January. The 34-year-old may be the top seed but she will be the underdog heading into her first round match where she faces Belinda Bencic, Bencic is on a 6 match losing streak at WTA tour events and will be desperate to reverse that trend in Acapulco.
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