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Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Sevastova has the belief to beat past champ Petkovic

Latvian should now be in or near her prime

Anastasija Sevastova reached the semi-finals in Dubai
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WTA Charleston Open
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Andrea Petkovic deservedly travelled home to Germany with the WTA Charleston Open trophy in 2014, but she may find Anastasija Sevastova too hot to handle in the second round of the Volvo Car-sponsored event.

Petkovic cracked open the bubbly on the flight home after seeing off Jana Cepelova in the final three years ago. She started well enough against Lara Arruabarrena in her opener this year, defeating the Spaniard 7-5 6-2, and merits respect at any time on the green clay at the Daniel Island venue.

But since Sevastova ended her two-year retirement from the sport in early 2015, the 26-year-old Latvian, who should now be in or near her prime, has slowly but surely improved to a level at which her chance should be taken seriously in almost all tournaments.

Sevastova was a capable performer in the first half of her career but seemed to lack the self-belief needed to break into the big time. Now she’s more mature, she possesses much more confidence and is going deep in bigger tournaments on a more regular basis.

Kateryna Bondarenko is good enough to cause problems for Kiki Bertens but the Ukrainian is not sure to do so against the Dutch battler.

Recommendation
A Sevastova
1pt Evs general

she’s more mature, she possesses much more confidence and is going deep in bigger tournaments on a more regular basis
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