Athletistic/Tennis. On September 29, Russians Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Ekaterina Alexandrova will meet in the quarter-finals of the tournament in Tokyo (Japan). Who will be the strongest ?


Anastasia once again proves that even after a complex knee injury, she is still able to achieve results in serious tournaments. The Russian started the week with a confident victory over Donna Vekic – 6:1, 6:1. The Croatian, it seems, did not at all expect the match to turn out to be so difficult. Pavlyuchenkova played perfectly not only in matches on her own serve (she won 89 percent of the points on the first serve), but also on the return. In the second match, Nastya won against the talented Czech Linda Noskova. And here the third series became the most revealing – 6:3, 4:6, 6:0. For the third time this season, Pavlyuchenkova won at least two matches at the WTA main draw level.


Ekaterina also managed to surprise during the current tournament. In the previous round, she confidently faced Lyudmila Samsonova. Alexandrova gave last year’s Tokyo champion only six games – 6:4, 6:2. In this match, her opponent’s service errors helped her a lot. In this regard, Samsonova’s game clearly did not work. Before that, Alexandrova had a difficult match against Anna Kalinskaya – 6:7, 6:1, 7:5.

Preparation of tennis players

Pavlyuchenkova gradually returns to her former form of play. Confidence in Anastasia’s actions appears. She started moving around the court better and making fewer and fewer unforced errors. It is important to maintain this spirit during the decisive stages of major competitions. After collaborating with Dmitry Tursunov, Alexandrova demonstrates better tennis. There was more meaning in her game. Sometimes the representative of Russia still fails, but there are fewer and fewer such matches in her performance.


There will be no sensation. Alexandrova will move on.

Andrey Andreev, Sport.Ru