World No. 16 and home favorite Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will face Czech lefty Marketa Vondrousova in the quarterfinals of the 2021 Kremlin Cup on Friday, October 22. Get the live streaming options of this Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Marketa Vondrousova match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova v Marketa Vondrousova Head to Head
These two players have met once before this. That match happened towards the end of last month in Chicago. Vondrousova won in straight sets.
Pavlyuchenkova Wins Late Night Match
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was made to wait patiently for her late-night match on Center Court that extended past midnight local time. But it was a happy return to Moscow for the 2014 champion who eased past Bernarda Pera 6-2 7-5 in an hour and 40 minutes of play.
The Russian No. 1 wrapped up the first set in 37 minutes, breaking Pera twice and barely breaking sweat herself. But the second set was untidy and a complete hotchpotch, with neither player getting a foothold in the match.
Pera was broken four times, and Pavlyuchenkova’s serve also malfunctioned at vital moments and was broken three times. Ultimately, it was the 2021 French Open runner-up who landed the telling blow in the set (needing five match points) to book her spot in the last eight.
Pavlyuchenkova has improved to 27-18 for the year and remains interested in securing her place at the WTA Finals in Guadalajara. Can she keep up her pursuit for a second title at the Kremlin Cup?
Vondrousova Breezes Past Tsurenko
Marketa Vondrousova eased her way into the last eight in Moscow with a 6-3 6-3 win over Ukrainian qualifier Lesia Tsurenko. Tsurenko had not dropped a set en route to the main draw and had seen off Qinwen Zheng on Monday.
But Vondrousova served some old-fashioned revenge, considering that she lost to Tsurenko in their only meeting prior to this at the 2018 US Open fourth round.
The Czech came out flying. After just four games, her ability to take command of the rallies, and point-by-point intensity gave Tsurenko very little chance of expressing herself. She was also lethal on serve, dropping a mere five points from 27 behind her first serve.
Tsurenko was facing a Top 50 player for the first time in a year, and the gulf in rankings gave a clear synopsis of where the two players’ careers are heading. Vondrousova, the World No. 35, was hardly under any threat in the second set despite dropping serve for just the second time in the afternoon.
Pavyluchenkova v Vondrousova Prediction and Tip
This is a tough one to call, but Vondrousova has looked a tad too good in her two matches here. And it beggars belief how easy her victory over Elena Rybakina in the first round was. We are siding with the Czech to deny Pavlyuchenkova a potential coronation.