Strycova vs. Pavlyuchenkova
|Date & Time||Friday September 22, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Barbora Strycova meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Toray Pan Pacific Open.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is coming off a three sets win over Qiang Wang that took 28 games to decide. In the victory, Pavlyuchenkova won 58 percent of her first serve points and 59 percent of her second serve points. Pavlyuchenkova has won back-to-back matches and is coming off a match in which she won 52 percent of her return points. While the serve could improve from her last match, Pavlyuchenkova has been very aggressive and successful on the return, which is why she’s reached the quarterfinals in two of her last three events. Pavlyuchenkova hopes to make her third semifinal appearance since 2016. Pavlyuchenkova has lost six of her last eight quarterfinal matches. Pavlyuchenkova has won four of her last six matches on hard court.
Barbora Strycova is coming off a straight sets win over Johanna Konta that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Strycova won 67 percent of her first serve points and 45 percent of her second serve points. Strycova has played four long sets in this tournament but has found a way to win each one by playing clean tennis and putting pressure on her opponent to hit winners in order to win rallies. Strycova has done a wonderful job of keeping the ball in play this tournament and is coming off a match in which she won 51 percent of total points. While Strycova has had an up-and-down season overall, her play in the last two matches has been impressive and could lead to her fourth semifinal of the season if it continues. Strycova has split her last eight quarterfinal matches. Strycova has split her last eight matches on hard court.
These two have played three times and Pavlyuchenkova has won each match in straight sets. The most recent match was in this years Indian Wells Masters, a match that took 17 games to decide.
Strycova has a real shot to win this match if she continues to force her opponent to hit the extra ball. She suffocated Konta in her last match and grinded out a victory that may not have been pretty, but it was effective. However, we can’t ignore the head to head, as Pavlyuchenkova has won all six sets against Strycova, including an effortless victory earlier this season. That has to be the deciding factor when picking this match.
I like Pavlyuchenkova to win based on the history between these two.