Serena Williams vs Alize Cornet
This is Serena’s first tournament since US Open. She won her Grand Slam title no. 18. I don’t think she’ll stop there. She’s still hungry for more titles. Alize played good too. She reached finals in Guangzhou where she lost to Niculescu 6:4 6:0. She won her 1st round match here easily 6:2 6:1 These 2 played 2 times this year and ALIZE WON BOTH MATCHES. Serena is surely seeking revenge. Serena is in great form right now. Since Wimbledon, she lost only one match (to her sister Venus)! Serena will fire her aces and powerful groundstrokes all over the court. With that type of game, she’ll beat Cornet without a mercy. Alize can try do disrupt Serena’s rhythm with her topspin shots and slices, but I don’t think that someone can beat Serena 3 times in a row in one year – especially not Alize.
Prediction: Serena in 2 sets( one tight, one easy )
Simona Halep vs Garbine Muguruza
Simona is struggling with her form right now. She lost 2 of her last 4 matches. Especially shocking was her loss to Lucic-Baroni at US Open. Lucic-Baroni was outside the top 100 in that moment. Garbine is in a good form. She reached SFs in Tokyo where she lost to Wozniacki in 3 sets. However, she barely beaten Torro-Flor in the first round – 4:6 6:4 6:4. I believe that Garbine will play much better against Simona. Muguruza will be the aggressor in this match. With her super aggressive game she’ll control the points. Her aggressive game will be backed-up with her good net play. Simona will stay close to the baseline. She’ll be aggressive from there, she’ll be good in defense from there too. I believe that Garbine will use Simona’s luck of self-confidence to beat her and to continue her good run of form. We’ll see what will happen here. I’m hoping that Halep will find some form soon.
Prediction: Muguruza in 3 tight sets
Jelena Jankovic vs Coco Vandeweghe
Jelena is not in a good form. Since her loss to Errani in Rome, she can lose to almost anyone. She beaten McHale in the first round in straight sets 6:4 6:4. She won than match easier than I expected. Coco played very well too in her first round match. She beaten Beck 6:3 6:2. Coco will be more aggressive in this match. With her massive groundstrokes and powerful serves, she’ll control most of the points. Jankovic will try to play as aggressive as she can. Her main weapon will be her powerful backhand. She’ll try to chase down everything she can and she’ll fight until the end. However, JJ is capable of making lot of errors( like against Muguruza in Tokyo) so I believe that Coco will win this match. Especially because she won their last meeting 7:6 2:6 7:5.
Prediction: Vandeweghe in 3 sets
Eugenie Bouchard vs Mona Barthel
Apart from Grand Slam, Eugenie is struggling with her form. Her last match was against Makarova in the 4th round at the US Open. She lost that match in straight sets. Barthel is struggling with her form too, but she played really well in her first round match. She beaten new Chinese no. 1 6:2 7:6(1). Both players are playing pretty aggressive. Genie takes the ball earlier, so she’s taking time from her opponents too. Mona have clean flat shots and these shots can be very dangerous. Eugenie must play well if she wants to beat Mona. She must be very aggressive and she must keep coming to the net to finish the points. Mona already played one match, so I think she’ll have some type of advantage. However, I believe than Bouchard will be stronger in the end.
Prediction: Bouchard in 3 tight sets
Makarova df. Bacsinszky in 2 tight sets
Errani df. Riske in 2 sets
Lisicki df. Svitolina in 3 sets
Gajdosova df. Flipkens in 2 tight sets
Ka.Pliskova df. Petkovic in 3 sets
Keys df. Zahlavova-Strycova in 3 tight sets
Wozniacki df. Suarez Navarro in 3 sets
DellAcqua df. Pavlyuchenkova in 2 tight sets
Kerber df. Diyas in 2 sets
Kvitova df. Knapp in 2 sets