Analysis of the previous day:
~Marina Erakovic beaten Svetlana Kuznetsova in absolutely marathon 3:6 6:2 7:6(3). It was solid match from both players, especially for Erakovic. Svetlana double-faulted on the match point for Marina.
~Victoria Azarenka beaten Misaki Doi in tight three sets 6:7(3) 6:4 6:1. it was pretty interesting match. Victoria wasn’t on her best, but Misaki played pretty well.
~ 15-year old CiCi Bellis beaten Dominika Cibulkova 6:1 4:6 6:4. It was CiCi’s first top 100 and top 20 opponent. Match wasn’t streamed. Good win for young American. This was the upset of the tournament so far.
~Petra Kvitova destroyed Kristina Mladenovic. She lost just one game. Result was 6:1 6:0
~Serena Williams beaten fellow American Taylor Townsend 6:3 6:1. Serena played great. However, good experience for Townsend. This was her first top 10 opponent.
Now it’s time for today’s predictions! 😀
Agnieszka Radwanska vs Shuai Peng
Agnieszka played amazing against Fichman. She had 23 winners and just 6 unforced errors! Peng played very well against Zheng. This match will be interesting because both players are very unique. Agnieszka is capable of making drop shots from the behind the baseline and from the run! Her creative slices, lobs, drop shots, well-angled shots and her movement brought her to the top 5 of the tennis world. Radwanska should be careful because Peng is not a easy opponent. Peng plays powerful with her two-handed shots, she’s good at the net( she was no.1 in the doubles this year) and she knows to mix her game with drop shots. Peng won’t give Radwanska easy victory., but Aga will win in two sets. In two close sets!
Prediction: Radwanska in 2 tight sets
Jelena Jankovic vs Tsvetana Pironkova
Jankovic played amazing against Jovanovski. Her backhand was amazing and it all was backed-up with her forehand and movement. i love to see when JJ is playing aggressive like this. Tsvetana beaten Knapp in 2 sets. Tsvetana had solid year, winning her first title in Sydney, beating Errani, Kvitova and Kerber along the way, all in straight sets! Since that, Tsvetana played with ups and downs. Jankovic knows that Pironkova is not easy opponent. She need to control game with her backhand. Tsvetana, however, have good forehand slice and she can neutralise power of JJ’s forehand with it. Jelena must play patient and aggressive tennis if she wants to beat Pironkova. Tsvetana’s flat shots can cause a problem for Jelena, but she’ll win this match anyway.
Prediction: Jankovic in 2 sets
Alize Cornet vs Daniela Hantuchova
Alize had good year, full of amazing wins( against Serena- TWICE) and shocking loses( against Kontaveit). Daniela struggles with her form, she’s barely beating low-ranked opponents and that matches she won because she’s a fighter, not because she played well. Hantuchova only played well at the Roland Garros. This will be match with lot of long points. Alize will use her topspin forehand, good backhand, slices and drop shots to confuse Daniela. However, Hantuchova knows how to fight with that because of her experience. Alize’s fast running will make Daniela play to risky and that will mean a lot of errors for her. Hantuchova is a fighter, just like Alize, but she can only take a set, i don’t think she’ll be able to cause an upset here.
Prediction: Cornet in 3 sets( two easy sets for Cornet, one tight for Hantuchova)
Sloane Stephens vs Johanna Larsson
Since American tour started, Stephens is playing well. She lost both times to Jankovic in Montreal and Cincinnati. Larsson is playing her best tennis on the clay. This year wasn’t really good for her, except reaching 3rd of the Roland Garros, beating Kirilenko and Penetta along the way. Stephens will be more aggressive in this match and she’ll be the one who is deciding the points – with winner of with error. Johanna can make thing interesting if she have a good day. Her steady topspin shots can good weapon( if she’s not sending it on Sloane’s atomic forehand).However, Stephens is powerful and fast, so i don’t think that Johanna’s solid game will cause a problems for Stephens in her own country.
Prediction: Stephens in 2 sets
Bencic df. Nara in 3 tight sets
Vinci df. Begu in 3 sets
Kerber df. Kudryavtseva in 2 sets
Safarova df. Sa. Zheng in 2 sets
Petkovic df. Puig in 3 sets
Halep df. Cepelova in 2 sets
Lucic-Baroni df. Peer in 3 sets
Wozniacki df. Sasnovich in 2 sets
Lisicki df. Brengle in 2 sets
Sharapova df. Dulgheru in 2 sets
Errani df. Ar.Rodionova in 3 sets
Venus df. Bacsinszky in 2 sets