Petra Kvitova vs Caroline Garcia
Petra played very well at this tournament. She had a bye in the 1st round. In the second round she beaten in-form Knapp who recently won her first WTA title in Tashkent in straight sets – 6:3 6:0! In the 3rd round she beaten another in-form player – fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova. This match was much tighter than Petra’s previous match. She won in 3 sets – 6:3 2:6 6:4. Tight match, but Petra was in control in the 1st and the 3rd set. Garcia’s road to the QFs was much more difficult than Kvitova’s. In the first round she beaten Venus Williams who is in good form this year in 3 very tight sets – 6:4 4:6 7:6(6). Venus held match point at 5-3, but Garcia turned the match around. She showed how much she improved mentally. In the 2nd round she beaten consistent Agnieszka Radwanska in 3 very tight sets, again – 3:6 7:6(4) 7:6(7). Another 3rd set tie-break victory against another very experienced opponent. Wow Caroline! Wow! Then, in the 3rd round she beaten big-serving Coco Vandeweghe in 2 sets – 6:3 6:2. This match should be interesting. Both players are hard-hitters. Petra is more impatient, but more powerful too. Both have great serve and powerful strokes, especially forehand. Petra’s advantage is her tricky left-handed serve. Caroline’s advantage is her better movement than Petra’s. I think that this will be very tight match, but I believe that Garcia will win. She is very talented young player and she have all the weapons to overplay Petra. We’ll see am I right. When Kvitova is on her best, she’s unstoppable. However, she wasn’t on her best since Wimbledon final so I believe that Garcia have a real chance here.
Prediction: Garcia in 3 very tight sets
Eugenie Bouchard vs Alize Cornet
Bouchard played pretty good in Wuhan. She had a bye in the first round. In the second round, she beaten big-hitting Mona Barthel in 3 tight sets – 4:6 6:3 6:4. Tight match, but Eugenie fought well. In the 3rd round she beaten always-dangerous American Alison Riske who beaten Sara Errani in straight sets in the previous round. Eugenie won that match in 2 sets -6:2 6:3. Cornet came from Guangzhou where was extremely hot to Wuhan. She had no real break, so I thought she would be very tired and that she’ll lose early. However, she surprised me. In the first round, she beaten comeback player Romina Oprandi in 2 easy sets – 6:1 6:2. In the second round, Serena retired her match against Alize at 6:5 because of illness. It’s basically third time that Cornet beaten Serena this year, but I won’t count this last victory. In the 3rd round, Alize edged wild card Kirsten Flipkens in 3 sets – 7:6(4) 1:6 6:3. Flipkens had set points in the 1st set and 3-1 lead in te 3rd, but Cornet fought well and she really deserved this victory. These 2 played once this year and Genie won in 2 tight sets in the 4th round of Wimbledon. Eugenie will be more aggressive. She’ll step in and she’ll go for her shots. Alize will fight with her topspin forehand, tricky slices and nice footwork. I think that Alize will be tired, so she won’t be able to trouble Bouchard. I believe that Eugenie will win in straight sets.
Prediction: Bouchard in 2 tight sets
-Kerber df. Svitolina in 2 sets – Kerber struggled in her 2nd round match against Diyas, but she played great against Zahlavova-Strycova. Svitolina beaten Giorgi and Lisicki in straight sets and then Muguruza gave her a walkover. Elina will be more aggressive, but Kerber will be great in defense and she’ll counter Elina’s power, so I believe than Angelique will win this match in 2 sets.
-Wozniacki df. Bacsinszky in 3 tight sets – Wozniacki struggled against CSN, but she played great against DellAcqua. Timea was great in all of her matches, especially against Makarova and Sharapova. Timea will be more aggressive and she’ll control the game with her steady, but powerful shots. However, Caroline’s defensive skills will be too much for her.