Six-time Grand Slam quarterfinalist Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova plays 2019 French Open dark horse Katerina Siniakova in the second round of the 2020 French Open. The match begins at around 1 pm local time (12 noon BST or 7 am Eastern Time) on Wednesday, September 30. Get the live streaming options of this Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Katerina Siniakova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Katerina Siniakova Head to Head
This match will be the fourth meeting between the two players. Pavlyuchenkova boasts an invincible record, bringing a 3-0 head-to-head into this match.
Their first match was six years ago when Pavlyuchenkova beat Siniakova in straight sets in Moscow, en route to winning the Kremlin Cup. They have played twice since then, with Pavlyuchenkova edging Siniakova in 2015 in Linz, and then in 2016 again in Moscow. All these meetings have been on hard courts, in contrast to the clay surface that they will play on in the French Open.
Pavlyuchenkova Hoping for Her ‘Grandest’ Grand Slam Appearance
Prior to her first round win against Kuznetsova, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova last played in a major tournament back in March and had a streak of playing in 48 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, until she opted out of the US Open because of safety reasons.
In her last grand slam appearance, she reached the quarterfinals of the Australian Open in March, only to lose to eventual runner-up Garbiñe Muguruza in straight sets.
And that’s the furthest position that she’s ever reached in any major tournament. In fact, she’s only ever reached the quarterfinals of the French Open once, way back in 2011. Since then, third, second, and even first round finishes have muddled her progress; in her most recent French Open, she was eliminated in the first round, losing to Mandy Minella in straight sets.
But this time she’s seeking to go further than ever before.
Even her most recent tournament loss, at Italian Open, came at the hand of then fourth-ranked player, Elina Svitolina, and such a run should have buoyed her even more for this tournament.
Pavlyuchenkova’s experience in the Grand Slam Tournaments should also be an added advantage, and having already had to sacrifice an appearance in the US Open earlier in August, she should be raring to go in this very tournament.
Now she faces an occasional foe that she has a favorable history against; but that very opponent herself has some fond memories of French Open.
Will Lightning Strike Twice for Katerina Siniakova?
One of the greatest upsets of last year’s French Open was Siniakova defeating the number one ranked Naomi Osaka in straight sets, something that Osaka later claimed gave her many sleepless nights.
That win may have derived a similar reaction from Siniakova too but for contrasting reasons and emotions filling her mind. And though Siniakova has had greater success in doubles, including holding world number 1 for 33 weeks from 2018-2019, that afternoon in Paris must be one of her fondest career memories.
Yet she finds herself again as the underdog, though in vastly differing circumstances when compared to her position last year.
Her opponent isn’t as highly ranked as Naomi was when she played her, and the gap seems reasonable (Pavlyuchenkova is 38th while Siniakova is 61st). So the difference in rankings isn’t the landslide that it was when she played Osaka in the third round last year.
Still, despite all that, there doesn’t seem to be much that would point to her winning against Pavlyuchenkova.
She performed poorly in the US Open, getting eliminated in the first round, and then could only make it to the second round of the Italian open, losing to a lower rated opponent in Daria Kasatkina in straight sets.
Couple this with the fact that she performs better in doubles, and has an abysmal record against Pavlyuchenkova; the only way that she could muster a semblance of a good result is if the ghost of that famous match in 2019 breathes some life into her.
Pavlyuchenkova v Siniakova Prediction and Tip
Everything points to the inevitable. Unless Siniakova somehow gathers some unknown tennis prowess from nowhere, this should be a win for Pavlyuchenkova. The question is whether she’ll win in straight sets, or whether Siniakova will manage to put up some sort of fight before yielding to Pavlyuchenkova. Either way, you should have complete trust in the Russian to fully do the job.
Tip: Pavlyuchenkova to win: 8/13 (bet365)