Petra Kvitova vs Ekaterina Makarova
These two playing against each other AGAIN. I think this will be tough match and Petra will decide everything. If she’s on, there’s nothing Makarova could do, but this year Petra played well just at Wimbledon. Last week against Svitolina, Petra made a lot of errors. If Makarova plays consistent and aggressive, I think that she can win this. But Petra is always unpredictable so we’ll see what will happen.
Prediction: Makarova in 3 sets
Flavia Penetta vs Alison Riske
Penetta is finally back. She is winning matches against lower ranked opponents and I don’t think this will be excuse. However, Alison is playing pretty risky and if she’s on, she is pretty dangerous. But, Alison plays her best tennis on the grass. Penetta will chase down everything and she’ll use her running shots to turn around the points. Penetta played last week very good, so I believe her run will extend here.
Prediction: Penetta in 2 sets
Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova vs Caroline Garcia
Barbora is in pretty good form now and she’s playing best tennis of her career. Garcia shined till the Roland Garros, but after that, she just disappeared. Barbora will use her dropshots and skills at the net to disrupt Caroline’s rhythm. Carcia needs to play patient and aggressive if she wants to beat Barbora. However, I don’t think that Garcia will be able to do it. She’s low on confidence now and this could be Barbora’s chance to make good result at another tournament.
Prediction: Zahlavova-Strycova in 3 sets
Simona Halep vs Magdalena Rybarikova
Rybarikova finally started winning some matches. I doubt it will enough to harm Halep, but it’s good for Magdalena’s confidence. If Simona plays her standard game I don’t see how she can lose this. Rybarikova will try to disrupt Halep’s rhythm with her backhand slice, trick shots and with going to the net. Magdalena will make first set tight, but Halep will breeze through the second set.
Prediction: Halep in 2 sets( one tight, one easy )
Fun fact: Irina Camelia-Begu played against Caroline Garcia in final round of qualifying and she beat her 6:4 5:7 7:6(5). Irina was supposed to play against Suarez Navarro, but she withdraw. Carolina Garcia got Carla’s place as lucky loser. This was second match in 2 DAYS that these 2 played against each other.Garcia got her revenge and she beaten Irina 7:6(4) 7:6(4). What a turnaround!