Fifth seeded Victoria Azarenka will take on Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, the third seed at Monterrey Open in their quarter-final match that will be played on Friday, April 5. The match is scheduled for 8.15 pm local time (3.15 am BST next day) and you can find the Victoria Azarenka v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova live streaming options here.
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Victoria Azarenka v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova Head to Head
These two players have played each other five times in their careers, and Azarenka has won four of those encounters. However, those stats might not count for a lot given their last match-up came four years ago at Cincinnati and saw Pavlyuchenkova win the match after her opponent retired from it because of an injury.
Azarenka Hunts for Elusive Title
It’s a long journey from here on to the title but there would be no-one as hungry as the Belarusian, two-time Grand Slam winner. Azarenka last won a WTA title in 2016, the 20th of her career before off-court factors led to her absence and subsequent drop in form.
She has had a couple of good matches in this tournament though, having won both her opening two rounds in straight sets. Azarenka first defeated Miyu Kato and then routed Zarina Diyas to make it to the quarter-finals where she faces her first major threat in the form of the third seeded Pavlyuchenkova, ranked 33rd in the world.
And coming back to the aforementioned; the issue about it being a long journey from here on and the context is rather simple – in all of 2019, Azarenka has played in seven tournaments before coming to Monterrey. In none of them has Azarenka won three matches in a row before this.
Pavlyuchenkova Hoping for Return to Australian Open Form
Pavlyuchenkova won this title in 2017, and looked to have begun this year on a strong, positive note as well, as she made the quarter-finals at the Australian Open. On her way to that last-eight match – that she subsequently lost to Danielle Collins in three, tough sets – there were wins against Kiki Bertens and Sloane Stephens and that should have given her a shot in the arm.
She followed it up with a quarter-final at St. Petersburg where Bertens extracted her revenge but since then she has lost in her opening, second round matches at both, Indian Wells Open and Miami Open. Both were three-set defeats but those that could have made her question her own form.
Thankfully for her, Pavlyuchenkova’s return to confidence has seen her drop a mere three games in this tournament so far, including a double-bagel of Ivana Jorovic in the second round here. She won’t be going out without a fight against Azarenka.
Azarenka v Pavlyuchenkova Predictions & Tips
While Azarenka holds the edge over her opponent, we think Pavlyuchenkova will stretch the former world number and might even go on to win this match in three sets, the way she has won in the past this year.
Tip: Pavlyuchenkova to win in three sets: 3/1 (William Hill)
You can watch & bet on Victoria Azarenka v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova on Thursday, April 4 here . The match is scheduled for 10 pm BST (3 pm local time)