🇬🇧 Nature Valley International, Eastbourne R2 Preview
🇨🇿 (14) Barbora Strycova vs. 🇭🇷 Donna Vekic
Barbora Strycova and Donna Vekic will go head-to-head for the first time when they meet at the opening round stage of the Nature Valley International in Eastbourne. This is an interesting match-up because of the great contrast in styles between the pair. Vekic has a powerful game whilst Strycova has great touch and variety. What they have in common is that they both play their best tennis on a grass court.
Strycova and Vekic have both had decent results on grass in the last few weeks. Strycova made it to the semi-finals in Birmingham last week whilst Vekic made it to the semi-finals in Nottingham the week prior to Birmingham. Vekic may have suffered an opening round exit in Birmingham last week but it wasn’t a terrible result as she did push Elina Svitolina to 3 sets in a gallant defeat.
It is rare that two players have completely different game styles but both excel on the same surface, that is the case here. The aggressive, flat groundstrokes of Vekic are very dangerous when she finds her range on grass, she also has decent touch which helps on this surface. Conversely, Strycova’s exceptional backhand slice and ability at the net make her very dangerous on this surface.