Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Anett Kontaveit
|Date & Time||Thursday April 25, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Anett Kontaveit meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Stuttgart.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is coming off a three sets win over Julia Goerges that took 22 games to decide before she retired. In the victory, Pavlyuchenkova won 68 percent of her first serve points and 63 percent of her second serve points. Pavlyuchenkova won 66 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her nine break points. Pavlyuchenkova has now won five of her last six matches when you include Fed Cup play, and she was highly effective against a top-20 player, injury or not. Pavlyuchenkova is serving well, hitting her spots with confidence and has clearly found her form after some hiccups in the month of March. Pavlyuchenkova will be a handful moving forward if she can stay in this current form. Pavlyuchenkova has won seven of her last eight matches on clay court.
Anett Kontaveit is coming off a straight sets win over Caroline Garcia that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Kontaveit won 80 percent of her first serve points and 50 percent of her second serve points. Kontaveit won 71 percent of her total service points and converted on three of her eight break points. Kontaveit picked up where she left off in Miami, as she got 69 percent of her first serves in play and saved all six of her break points. Kontaveit has now won nine of her last 14 sets overall and is somebody who can push for a title in this tournament if she can repeat her serving effort in her opening match. Kontaveit has a chance to win at least two matches in each of her last three tournaments. Kontaveit has won eight of her last 10 matches on clay court.
These two have played three times and Kontaveit has won two of those matches, including the most recent match in Stuttgart last year. Pavlyuchenkova’s only win over Kontaveit came in the 2017 Indian Wells. Two of the three meetings were decided in straight sets.
Kontaveit not only has the h2h edge over Pavlyuchenkova, but she’s quietly one of the hotter players on the tour right now when you factor in her semifinal trip in Miami, and she’s final worthy if she can serve the way she just did. Pavlyuchenkova is playing well in her own right, but when she doesn’t get hr first serve in play, the rest of her gam crumbles.
Kontaveit should win this match comfortably.