Tokyo, Seoul, Guangzhou 2014 – QFs and SFs

Angelique Kerber vs Dominika Cibulkova

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Angelique had solid season, but she wasn’t really good at the US Open. She lost in the third round to Bencic 1:6 5:7. Kerber beaten Svitolina in the 2nd round 6:4 6:4 in Tokyo. Dominika finally started winning some matches and it looks like she’s back! She beaten Vandeweghe in the previous round 7:6(5) 7:5. Cibulkova leads against Kerber in their head-2-head 4-2, but Kerber won their last two matches in straight sets. Dominika will be the aggressor in this match. Her explosive shots will make Kerber run all over the court. Her forehand is especially good. Angelique will be mostly in defense. She’ll counter Dominika’s massive shots with her flat, but accurate shots. Kerber will chase down everything she can and she’ll force Dominika to commit unforced errors. Angelique can play really good in offense too.Both players still have a chance to play in Singapore and they’ll fight until the end. I think that Kerber will edge Dominika in the end.

Prediction: Kerber in 3 sets

 

Ana Ivanovic vs Lucie Safarova

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Ana had amazing season, but she’s really struggling at the Grand Slams. She lost to Pliskova at the US Open in the 2nd round in straight sets. Ana was impressive in her last match. She beaten Azarenka in straight sets. Lucie had amazing season too, highlighted by her SF appearance at the Wimbledon. In the previous round, she beaten rising star Bencic after a comeback 3:6 6:4 6:2. Ivanovic is favorite here, but she’s playing against her nemesis. Lucie leads in their head-2-head 5-2. Ana won first two matches, but Lucie won last five! Both players are playing pretty aggressive. Ana’s main weapon will be her atomic forehand. She’ll use lot of variations in her game – slices, drop shots, net play and passing shots. Ana improved her movement a lot this year. Safarova will use her tricky serve and her unpredictable, but powerful shots to fight against Ivanovic. I’m not sure how this match will end, but I believe that Ivanovic will come trough.

Prediction: Ivanovic in 3 tight sets

 

Kaia Kanepi vs Maria Kirilenko

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Kaia’s season wasn’t really good before Wimbledon, but after that she’s playing very well. She struggled against Krystina Pliskova in the previous round, but she managed to win that match 3:6 6:3 6:2. Maria’s season was destroyed by her injury, but she looks like she’s back now. She beaten Klara Koukalova in the 2nd round 6:7(4) 6:4 6:0. This match should be very interesting. Both players are playing aggressive, but Kaia is more powerful. With her massive groundstrokes and good serves she’ll control a lot of things. However, Maria won’t just sit down and watch how Kanepi is making winners. She’ll make some by herself. Maria will play patient and aggressive. But honestly, I don’t think that she’s ready to beat Kanepi. She needs more matches under her belt.

Prediction: Kanepi in 2 tight sets

 

Agnieszka Radwanska vs Varvara Lepchenko

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Radwanska’s season was full of ups and downs. She lost in the second round of the US Open to Shuai Peng in straight sets. In the second round of Seoul, she gave Chanelle Sheepers a double-bagel. Lepchenko had solid season. She lost in the third round of the US Open to eventual champion Serena Williams 3:6 3:6, but it was very good match for Varvara. In the previous round, she beaten Han 7:5 6:1 after she saved set point in the first set. These two played once this year and Varvara actually won in three sets in Stanford. Radwanska will play her game. She’ll use her trick shots to disrupt Lepchenko’s rhythm and she’ll be very consistent as almost always. Lepchenko will play aggressive and her main weapon is that she’s playing with left hand. Agnieszka almost always struggles against lefties. However, I think that Radwanska will be more patient and steady and that she’ll win this match. Lepchenko won’t give Agnieszka an easy victory, so anything is possible.

Prediction: Radwanska in 3 sets

 

Other predictions:

—Tokyo—

Muguruza df. DellAcqua in 2 sets( one tight, one easy )

Wozniacki df. Suarez Navarro in 3 sets

—Seoul—

Ka.Pliskova df. Gibbs in 2 sets

Rybarikova df. McHale in 2 sets

—Guangzhou—

Niculescu df. Wang in 2 tight sets

Cornet df. Bacsinszky in 3 tight sets

 

BONUS!!! Predictions for Wuhan qualifying! 🙂

Diyas df. Cirstea in 3 sets

Pironkova df. Mattek-Sands in 3 sets

Schiavone df. Van Uytvanck in 2 sets

Knapp df. Kudryavtseva in 2 tight sets

Hercog df. Voegele in 3 sets

Tomljanovic df. Vekic in 3 tight sets

Watson df. Mladenovic in 3 sets

Puig df. Yang in 2 sets

Soler-Espinosa df. Zhu in 2 sets

Beck df. Minella in 3 sets

Gajdosova df. Davis in 2 sets

Gibbs vs McHale( still playing in Seoul )

Niculescu vs Kr.Pliskova( Niculescu – still playing in Guangzhou )

Sheepers vs Bacsinszky( Bacsinszky – still playing in Guangzhou )

Schmiedlova vs Wang ( Wang – still playing in Guangzhou )

 

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