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Elina Svitolina vs Zarina Diyas, Hong Kong R1 Preview

Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open, Preview + Prediction
R1: (1/wc) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs 🇰🇿 Zarina Diyas

The top seeded Elina Svitolina begins her Hong Kong campaign with a first round clash with Kazakhstan’s Zarina Diyas. Svitolina has been one of the most consistent players in 2017. Svitolina has already won 5 titles in 2017 and is one of the main contenders to win the title this week at the Prudential Hong Kong Tennis Open. Svitolina should get a solid test first up against an in-form Zarina Diyas.

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Simona Halep vs Zarina Diyas, Roland Garros R2 Preview

Roland Garros, Second Round
(6) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs 🇰🇿 Zarina Diyas

Simona Halep continues her quest for maiden Grand Slam title on Wednesday with a second round clash against Zarina Diyas at Roland Garros. Halep came agonizingly close to claiming her first Grand Slam title at Roland Garros in 2014 when she lost a tight three set final against Maria Sharapova, the Romanian seems to be in a reasonable position to go one step further in 2016 and made a solid start with a strong first round win.

Halep made a commanding start to her 2016 Roland Garros campaign on Tuesday, recording a comprehensive 6-2 6-0 victory over Nao Hibino. Halep was in a comfortable position throughout the match and ended the match with some decent numbers, hitting 16 winners to 11 unforced errors and maintaining a high first serve percentage. Halep is one of the most in form players heading into Roland Garros after a confidence boosting title run in Madrid a couple of weeks ago, it will be interesting to see just how far Simona can go on the Parisian clay in 2016.

 

Zarina Diyas advanced to the second round in Roland Garros for the second time in her career courtesy of a 2-6 6-4 6-2 win over Carina Witthoeft. It was a fairly typical win for the Kazakh who often finds a way to outlast opponents ranked similarly to herself. Diyas will clearly face a far greater challenge on Wednesday when she comes up against Simona Halep in the second round. 

Halep holds a 2-0 head-to-head record over Diyas, winning both of the previous matches between the pair very comfortably: a 6-1 6-4 win at the Australian Open and a 6-3 6-0 win at Wimbledon (both in 2014). This is a good match-up for Halep because these two have a reasonably similar style but Halep does everything better than Diyas and is far more experienced at this level. This should be another comfortable win for Halep as she looks to continue to gain momentum in Paris.

Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Zarina Diyas in 2 sets

Zarina Diyas vs Venus Williams, Cincinnati R1 Preview

Cincinnati R1: Zarina Diyas vs Venus Williams

Zarina Diyas and Venus Williams will both be searching for their first victories during the U.S Open series when they go head to head in the first round at the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati.

Zarina Diyas has suffered two disappointing first up losses in the last couple of weeks. The Kazakh was forced to retire due to a wrist injury a set down against Lauren Davis. Diyas then suffered a first round exit in Toronto, defeated by Julia Goerges in a tight third set.

 

Venus Williams also arrives in Cincinnati desperate to find some form before New York. The American hasn’t won a match since Wimbledon, suffering first round losses in Istanbul and Toronto. A lacklustre Venus Williams was thrashed by Sabine Lisicki in the first round at the Rogers Cup last week, a disappointing 0-6 3-6 loss for the American.

This will be the first career meeting between Venus and Zarina. The American should be too strong for Diyas, Venus will be able to attack the Kazakh’s vulnerable serve and should be too powerful from the baseline. Diyas will need Venus to play a poor match if she is to have a real chance.

Prediction: Venus Williams to defeat Zarina Diyas in 2 sets

Maria Sharapova vs Zarina Diyas, Wimbledon R4 Preview

Wimbledon R4: (4) Maria Sharapova vs Zarina Diyas

Maria Sharapova has quietly made her way through to the fourth round. The Russian has made the most of a soft draw, clinically dismissing her first three opponents.

Maria’s soft draw continues in the fourth round, the fourth seed comes up against the unseeded Zarina Diyas, an opponent she breezed past at the Australian Open in January.

 

Maria Sharapova has barely raised a sweat in her opening three matches at the All England Club, Sharapova has recorded comfortable straight set victories over Johanna Konta, Richel Hogenkamp and Irina-Camelia Begu. Maria hasn’t looked like dropping a set.

Sharapova has been given the dream run into the quarter-finals, it doesn’t get much easier than the draw she has been given. Maria is too professional to let an opportunity like this slip by, Maria is now well poised to make a real challenge for the title, for the first time since 2011.

 

Zarina Diyas is through to the fourth round at Wimbledon for the second straight year. The unseeded Kazakhs route to the fourth round hasn’t been easy. Zarina has already knocked out two seeded opponents, defeating Flavia Pennetta in three tight sets in the opening round before advancing to the second week with a 7-5 6-4 victory over Andrea Petkovic on Friday.

Zarina is yet to record a big win on a big stage. The Kazakh has been humbled on the big stage a couple of time, she gets a chance at redemption on Monday when she comes up against Sharapova, the world will be watching.

 

In their only previous encounter, Maria Sharapova crushed Zarina Diyas 6-1 6-1 in the third round at the Australian Open earlier this year. Zarina seemed a little intimidated in that match, the rising star should be better prepared for the challenge this time around.

This isn’t a good match-up for Diyas, Sharapova is simply too powerful for the 21-year-old. Diyas hasn’t fared well against the best, Diyas was also thumped by Serena Williams earlier this year at Indian Wells. This should be a little more competitive than their last match, but it’s very hard to see Maria dropping a set. Diyas doesn’t the weapons to hurt Maria.

Prediction: Maria Sharapova to defeat Zarina Diyas in 2 sets

Serena Williams vs Zarina Diyas, Indian Wells R3 Preview

Indian Wells R3: (1) Serena Williams vs (28) Zarina Diyas

Serena Williams’ Indian Wells comeback continues on Sunday afternoon when she will come up against Kazakh, Zarina Diyas in the third round. Serena made history on Friday night by returning to the Californian desert for the first time in 14 years. The world number 1 made an understandably nervy start to her campaign and will want a much stronger performance against Zarina on Monday.

 

Serena was welcomed back to Stadium 1 with a standing ovation from the near capacity crowd, a historic moment in the history of the WTA. Serena was far from her best but managed to overcome Monica Niculescu 7-5 7-5. Serena made a slow start and struggled to find any rhythm in her first match in over a month and her first career meeting with the most unorthodox player on tour.

Serena’s footwork was pretty poor throughout the match, her decision making was also questionable. Despite just hitting 1 winner (a slice forehand) Niculescu served for the first set at 5-4 and was extremely close to closing it out. However Serena did what she had to do, raising her level when it really mattered to ensure she closed out the match in straight sets.

Zarina Diyas also overcame a slow start to advance to the third round at the BNP Paribas Open. Diyas found herself down a double break in the opening set but regrouped to defeat Donna Vekic 6-3 6-3. Diyas is a solid youngster who continues to rise up the rankings, however she hasn’t fared well against the worlds very best.

Zarina has really struggled against top 10 opponents, suffering straight set losses to Maria Sharapova, Simona Halep, Petra Kvitova, Angelique Kerber and Ekaterina Makarova in the past 12 months. The next step for Zarina will be to start competing better with these high quality opponents, otherwise her ranking will plateau.

 

This will be the first career meeting between Serena and Zarina. Serena will need to raise her level after a very unconvincing performance on Saturday night. Zarina Diyas is hungry for a big scalp and is the type of player that will make an opponent pay if they are off their game.

However this match will all be about Serena. The world number 1 should be less nervous coming into this match and should play much better tennis. A comprehensive straight set victory is likely.

Prediction: Serena Williams to defeat Zarina Diyas in 2 sets