Victoria Azarenka has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Monterrey Open in Mexico. At this stage of the tournament, Azarenka will play against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova from Russia.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova had an emphatic win in the previous round as she won in straight sets against Ivana Jorovic. It was a dominant display by Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova as she won 100% of the games played. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won 72% of the points played and her dominance ensured that the match was finished with ease. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova has been in outstanding form this tournament as she has only lost 3 games in the entire event. Pavlyuchenkova’s record at the Monterrey Open is outstanding as she has won this event 3 times in the past. With form and venue in her favour, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will be very hard to stop.
On the other side of the coin, Victoria Azarenka also won her previous match in straight sets. Azarenka won 67% of her return games and 75% of her service games to set up a comfortable win. Azarenka is hugely experienced and accomplished but this will be a big test for her as she is playing the number 3 seed.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Victoria Azarenka have played each other 5 times in the past with Azarenka winning on 4 occasions and Pavlyuchenkova winning once. The most recent match between these two players was in 2015 at the Cincinnati Masters where Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova won. Azarenka’s most recent win against Pavlyuchenkova was in 2013 at the Madrid Masters.
As far as this match is concerned, I am going to pick Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to win. Azarenka has had a good tournament but it is going to be hard for her to compete against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova is in supreme touch having only lost 3 games in her 2 matches. Furthermore, she has the experience of winning this tournament 3 times in the past. With all that in mind, I see Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova winning this match and making it through to the semifinals.