Anett Kontaveit vs. Victoria Azarenka
|Date & Time||Friday April 26, 2019, 2:30 PM (EDT)|
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Anett Kontaveit and Victoria Azarenka meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Stuttgart.
Anett Kontaveit is coming off a straight sets win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Kontaveit won 79 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Kontaveit won 67 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her five break points. Kontaveit has won all four sets this tournament and has saved 12 of her 13 break points. With wins in eight of her last 10 matches overall, Kontaveit is quietly one of the hotter players on the tour and will continue to be a headache for opponents if she’s going to keep serving at this level. Kontaveit hopes to make a semifinal for the second straight tournament. Kontaveit has won nine of her last 11 matches on clay court.
Victoria Azarenka is coming off a three sets win over Karolina Pliskova that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Azarenka won 71 percent of her first serve points and 54 percent of her second serve points. Azarenka won 64 percent of her total service points and converted on four of her seven break points. Azarenka was able to dig deep after dropping the first set and was hitting the ball with great pace to force several key unforced errors. Azarenka, who has been trying to work her way back from giving birth, has now won eight of her last 11 matches, easily her best stretch since her return. Azarenka now has two wins over top-10 players this year, the most she’s had in a single year since 2016. Azarenka has lost three of her last five matches on clay court.
These two have played twice and Azarenka won both matches in straight sets. The two meetings took place in the 2015 Wimbledon and the 2011 Fed Cup.
This is going to be a hell of a match, but it’s one Azarenka should win. While Kontaveit has piled up the victories as of late, she’s also shown a very questionable second serve, one Azarenka will take advantage of when given the chance. We’re also seeing a more confident and consistent Azarenka, and that makes her scary given the fire in her belly she already has. When Azarenka has that pep in her step and is swinging with confidence, she’s as good as it gets on the women’s side.
I’m not ready to say Azarenka is back, but she’s getting there. I like her to make the semifinals.