Cincinnati 2014 – day 4

Simona Halep vs Lucie Safarova


One of the most consistent players on WTA tour( Halep) plays against always unpredictable Czech ( Safarova) . In this match Lucie will try to be aggressive and she’ll keep attacking. Simona will chase down everything and wait for her opportunity to attack. Lucie is not mentally weak like she was in past, but I think that Romanian is just too steady. Lucie will maybe take a set, but Halep will be the player who is winning this. I think that Simona have a potential to win title here.

Prediction: Halep in 3 sets

Jelena Jankovic vs Sloane Stephens


Wow. Stephens is finally starting to play well again. She beat two very solid opponents ( Petkovic and Zahlavova-Strycova). She plays against Jankovic, second time in just one week. Jankovic won last match, but it was over-three-hour battle. Stephens will try to control game with her atomic forehand, but JJ will absorb it with her topspin shots. I think that this will be tight match and that experience will prevail. Let’s see what will happen.

Prediction: Jankovic in 3 tight sets

Maria Sharapova vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova


Sharapova is not playing very well lately, losing early at Wimbledon and Montreal. Sharapova needs to play very well if she wants to beat her countrywomen Pavlyuchenkova. This will be hard-hitting battle with lot of deep and powerful shots. Anastasia will mix game with drop shots while Maria will try to keep attacking. This will be tight match, but Maria is one of the strongest players mentally on the tour. It the end, Maria will be just too steady.

Prediction: Sharapova in 3 tight sets

Angelique Kerber vs Caroline Wozniacki


Two of the best defensive players in the world will have to play against each other. If they want to win the points, they have to be aggressive. Kerber will use her counter attacks and flat hitting, while Wozniacki will try to hit the angles and to go to the net. I think that this will be very interesting match to watch because you can’t see these two players playing aggressive very often. Wozniacki is playing pretty well lately, so I think that she will emerge the winner.

Prediction: Wozniacki in 3 sets

Other predictions:

Svitolina df. Suarez Navarro in 3 sets

Serena df. Pennetta in 2 sets

Ivanovic df. Kuznetsova in 3 tight sets

Radwanska df. Lisicki in 3 sets


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