The second week of the Australian Open training tournaments is underway these days, with matches in the finals finals. in Australia, through the Sydney and Hobart tournaments, and New Zealand where the Auckland men’s tournament takes place. Starting at 10:00, a very interesting meeting will take place between Monica Niculescu and American Varvara Lepchenko.
Monica, aged 30, currently occupies 85th place in the WTA circuit of the Simple Sample.
He tries to find a good form before the Australian Open, winning 2 matches on the qualifying board, very clear victories against Alison Bay and Alla Kudryatseva.
In the first round of the competition he managed to clear Irina Begu 6-3 6-2, Trying to repeat at Hobart last year’s performance, when he reached the last act of the competition, being a favorite tournament of the Romanian player, last year’s Hobart performance being one of the best of the season
The 31-year-old US player now occupies 64th place in the WTA circuit of the Simple Shot.
The season start for Varvara was not a big one, being defeated last week in the Auckland tournament in the second round by Sofia Kenin, 2-0 in sets.
In this tournament in Hobart, he managed a pretty conclusive victory in the first round, 2-0 against Monei Barthel, score 6-0 7-6.
The match in the Hobart tournament will be the 4th straight encounter between the two, the score being 3-0 for Monica, but the matches date back for a long time, the last one taking place in 2015.