Strycova vs Van Uytvanck
It's time for the QFs in Linz and that's the opening match from the daily schedule. It's between Barbora Strycova and Alison van Uytvanck.
After the end of the grass season van Uytvanck had only one win in the main draws in all of the tournaments she played. It happened in the Canadian Masters, where she beat Sofya Zhuk. Infact it was right after Wimbledon, so her losing streak before Linz was 7 matches. Yeah, most of the players in these matches were with better ranking than her like Muguruza, Barty, Tsurenko, etc, but still it's surprising to see her in the QFs in LInz. She played a crazy 2nd round match against Schmiedlova where van Uytvanck was outplayed in the 1st set with 6:1, but succeeded to take the other two in tiebreaks. She saved three match points for her opponent in the 3rd set, until she finally prevailed in the long tiebreak set. The main disadvantages in her performance were: low percentage of 1st serve, a lot of unexpected errors, which led to almost 20 break points during the match for Schmiedlova and of course about 30% of winning points on 2nd serve. Against Barbora that percentage can be even lower! Against Rybarikova in the 1st round the situation was better only with her 2nd serve, which led to less break chances for the Slovakian.
Barbora Strycova was in much better form before Linz and here she has to defend her title. Her start was expectedly tough against Flipkens, where she made a few comebacks and won in two tiebreaks. In the next round she prevailed much easier than expected over Krystina Pliskova with 6:0 6:1. Strycova was absolutely perfect in that match leading 6:0 5:0 and I think she didn't want to shame her with two bagels, that's why Krystina won the 12th game unexpectedly easy to love.
So, in this QF the big favourite is Barbora Strycova, but she doesn't have to underestimate the Belgian. Van Uytvanck can be really tough opponent when she is in form, mostly with her stable display from the baseline. To sum up I think this main strenght she has will turn into disadvantage against Strycova, because the Czech is obviously in form and loves to play rallies from the baseline. Her serve is also better and with higher percentage, the average number of double faults is less and Strycova plays much better on return.
Strycova also leads 2:1 H2H against van Uytvanck and all of their matches have finished in straight sets. The first SF place looks like booked for the Czech player..
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