Anett Kontaveit vs. Lesia Tsurenko
|Date & Time||Thursday January 3, 2019, 8:00 PM (EST)|
The Line: -- Over/Under:
Lesia Tsurenko and Anett Kontaveit meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Brisbane International.
Lesia Tsurenko is coming off a straight sets win over Kimberly Birrell that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Tsurenko won 63 percent of her first serve points and 57 percent of her second serve points. Tsurenko won 61 percent of her total service points and produced five breaks on eight break points. Tsurenko has won all four sets this tournament and should be in good shape if she continues to get 60-plus percent of her first serves in play. Ten of Tsurenko’s last 12 wins have been decided in straight sets. Tsurenko has a chance to win three straight matches in a single tournament for the first time since the US Open. Tsurenko has split her last six matches on hard court.
Anett Kontaveit is coming off a straight sets win over Petra Kvitova that took 25 games to decide. In the victory, Kontaveit won 67 percent of her first serve points and 78 percent of her second serve points. Kontaveit won 68 percent of her total service points and produced three breaks on five break points. Kontaveit has yet to drop a set this tournament and has produced seven breaks in her two victories. With wins in 11 of her last 15 matches, Kontaveit is quietly one of the hotter players on tour at the moment. Kontaveit has a chance to win three straight matches in a single tournament for the first time since making the final in Wuhan. Kontaveit has won eight of her last 10 matches on hard court.
These two have split the previous two matches, as Kontaveit won the 2017 match in Hertogenbosch and Tsurenko won the 2016 match in Guangzhou.
You can make a case for either one of these players, but Kontaveit is in better form overall and just had her way with a quality player in Kvitova. Kontaveit has been more consistent on outdoor hard court and did win the most recent match against Tsurenko, if that means anything given that there’s only two matches between the two.
I give Kontaveit the edge.