For the third time this season, Ana Ivanovic and Caroline Garcia will cross paths on the WTA Tour, and this time, the Serb will attempt to right the ship and steer herlsef towards her first victory against the Frenchwoman this season. Of their three previous meetings on the tour, Garcia leads the head-to-head series 2-1.
Apart from solid showings at Brisbane and Monterrey, where she faced low-ranked talent en route to the latter stages of the respective tournaments, Ana Ivanovic has failed to follow up on her tremendous 2014 season. Recently, Ivanovic alternated between wins and losses during the month of March at Indian Wells and Miami before salvaging herself with a single win at the Fed Cup World Group Playoff tie against Paraguay. She beat Montserrat Gonzalez 6-2, 6-0 to help lead her nation to victory.
Since her last win against Ivanovic at the Indian Wells Masters event, Garcia has gone 1-5 on the professional tour. She lost to Sabine Lisicki in the following round of that Premier Mandatory event at Indian Wells, fell in the first round in Miami, lost her second match in Charleston and failed to win a single encounter in the Fed Cup tie against the Czech Republic. She will look to rebound from her recent slump when she faces Ivanovic yet again.
This is jus the fourth time that Ivanovic and Garcia will meet on the WTA Tour, with the French native leading the series 2-1. Both her victories took place on hard courts this season, which is a testament to Ivanovic’s lack of form on the tour following her strong 2014 season. However, while Garcia holds the lead in the series, her only loss to the Serb was on clay at the French Open last year. Given that the red dust is where Ivanovic was traditionally most comfortable, it will be interesting to see if she is able to level the h2h series when they cross paths.
Prediction: Ana Ivanovic in Three Sets
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