Roland Garros runner-up Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova will play her first match of the season as she squares off against Anna Bondar in the first round of the Australian Open 2022.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Anna Bondar: Match Details
- Tournament: Australian Open 2022
- Match: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Anna Bondar
- Round: First Round
- Date: 18 January 2022
- Venue: Melbourne, Australia
- Surface: Hardcourt
- Prize Money: $90,000
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Anna Bondar: Preview
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova was knocked out in the first round at the Australian Open last year by eventual champion Naomi Osaka. She shrugged off her poor start to the season as she made it to the finals of a Grand Slam final for the first time at the Roland Garros. She lost to Barbara Krejcikova in three sets in the final. The Russian ended the year ranked No.11, 27 places above her ranking in the previous year.
Anna Bondar will be making her debut at the main draw of a Grand Slam, after having failed to make it past qualifiers in previous years. This time her ranking was sufficient to make it to the main draw directly. She won her first WTA 125 Challenger at the Argentina Open by defeating Diane Parry in straight sets.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Anna Bondar: Head-to-Head
This will be the first meeting of the duo, so their head-to-head stands at 0-0.
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Anna Bondar: Prediction
Pavlyuchenkova hasn’t played any lead-up tournaments coming into the Australian Open after she contracted COVID after she arrived in Australia. This will be her first match since November, having played in the Billie Jean King Cup, and will be hoping to avoid a repeat of last year’s opening round loss by making a positive start to her season.
Bondar’s career trajectory has been on the rise as she climbed up the rankings by 183 places last year, achieving a career-high ranking of No.90. However, a win against a much experienced and higher-ranked opponent will be a difficult task for the Hungarian
Prediction: Pavlyuchenkova to win in straight sets.
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