Tokyo, Seoul, Guangzhou 2014 – day 3

Ana Ivanovic vs Victoria Azarenka

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Wow. This is an amazing second round match. Ivanovic vs Azarenka. This is Ana’s first match since she lost to Pliskova in the 2nd round of the US Open. Victoria beaten Kimiko Date-Krumm in the first round in 3 sets! Kimiko got tired and injured and that’s main reason why Vika won 2nd and 3rd set easily. Ana is a powerful hard-hitter with atomic forehand and lot of variations. Azarenka is a patient hard-hitter,but with less variations than Ivanovic. Ana had amazing year, Victoria had bad year. Azarenka’s injury really destroyed her season of 2014. Ana is in better form now, so I believe she’ll beat Azarenka in 2 sets.

Prediction: Ivanovic in 2 sets

 

Lucie Safarova vs Belinda Bencic

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Lucie struggled against Keys in the first round. She beaten her 6:7(5) 6:4 6:2. Belinda destroyed Kuznetsova 6:3 6:0. Both ladies are in good form in this moment, especially Bencic. Lucie will play her game. She’ll be aggressive, she’ll go for her shots and she’ll use her tricky slice serve. Bencic is playing mostly aggressive, but her game is full of variations and she really have all shots. Lucie have experience on her side, but Bencic is in better form. I think that Bencic will win this match, but it won’t be easy. Lucie won’t surrender easily.

Prediction: Bencic in 3 sets

 

Angelique Kerber vs Elina Svitolina

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This is Kerber’s first match since she lost to Bencic in the 3rd round of the US Open. Svitolina showed solid form in her first match. She beaten Zahlavova-Strycova 6:4 6:1. I noticed that Kerber is always struggling in her first matches at some tournament( Vandeweghe, Pervak etc. ). I think that this won’t be different. Svitolina is a dangerous young player who have steady, but powerful shots.Kerber is a counterpuncher and you need to hit through her if you want to beat her. Svitolina have the weapons, but Kerber have experience on her side. This will be close match, but I think that Angelique will win.

Prediction: Kerber in 3 tight sets

 

Christina McHale vs Mona Barthel

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McHale was good in her first round match. She beaten Arruabarrena 6:2 6:3. Mona was good too. She beaten Garcia 7:6(3) 6:2. In this match, Mona will be the aggressor. With her massive shots she will be able to control the game. Christina can play aggressive, but she’s better in defence. She have topspin forehand and solid backhand. If Mona can stay calm she can win this. Christina will force Mona to hit that extra ball and if Mona stay steady, she will reach QFs. It won’t be easy because McHale is a good player, but I believe that Mona will clinch this.

Prediction: Barthel in 3 sets

 

Other predictions:

—Tokyo—

Erakovic df. DellAcqua in 3 sets

Cibulkova df. Vandeweghe in 2 tight sets

—Seoul—

Lepchenko df. Han in 2 sets

Ka.Pliskova df. Friedsam in 2 sets( one tight, one easy )

Radwanska df. Sheepers in 2 sets

—Guangzhou—

Niculescu df. Doi in 2 sets

Puig df. L.Zhang in 3 sets

Riske df. K.Zhang in 3 tight sets

Cornet df. Peer in 2 sets

Wang df. Martic in 3 sets

Zhu df. Hsieh in 3 tight sets

Torro-Flor df. Xu in 2 sets

Bacsinszky df. Soler-Espinosa in 3 sets

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2 thoughts on “Tokyo, Seoul, Guangzhou 2014 – day 3

  1. You’re right! Ivanovic – Azarenka was a good match, not great, but good. Azarenka still need to work very much to recover her from form 2012 and 2013, but she’s on good way. But Ana was too strong today. She has this amazing forehand, and more variations on her game. She deserved to win!
    Tomorrow will be a tough match against Lucie Safarova, but I’m sure she will do anything to win. Keep going Ana! 🙂

    Свиђа ми се

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