Maria Sharapova vs Kaia Kanepi
Maria is not playing well after her French Open title. She defeated a couple of good opponents, but she’s far from her best. Her last loss was really shocking. She lost to Bacsinszky in 2 tight sets in 3rd round of Wuhan. The credit has to be given to Timea who really played great, but Maria made a lot of errors too. Kaia is playing really well in this moment. She needed some confidence to start playing well again. And she got it when she beaten Jelena Jankovic at Wimbledon. She had a couple of good results including 4th round showing at US Open and QF showings in Bastad and Seoul. Both players are playing really aggressive. Both are really powerful, but Maria is stronger mentally. Kaia will push Sharapova to her limits, but Maria will come back again and she’ll win this hard-hitting battle.
Prediction: Sharapova in 3 tight sets
Ekaterina Makarova vs Garbine Muguruza
Makarova is in great form this year. She had some really great results and victories highlighted by her SF showing at the US Open and QF showing at Wimbledon. However, she lost her 2nd round match in Wuhan to an in-form Bacsinszky. Timea is in good form, but Makarova’s form is questionable. I think she’ll play good again in this match. Muguruza is in great form, but she was hampered by illness in Wuhan. She beaten lot of good players this year – Serena, Halep, Wozniacki, Jankovic etc. This match will be very exciting. Makarova is left-handed and she’s patient hard-hitter who waits for her opportunities to attack. Muguruza is a hard-hitter who takes the ball early and she’s really aggressive. I’m not sure who’ll win this, but Muguruza is in great form so I think her power won’t let Ekaterina find her rhythm.
Prediction: Muguruza in 3 sets
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs Daniela Hantuchova
Svetlana’s year was full of ups and downs. She had some good victories(Halep etc.) and some shocking losses(Erakovic etc.) . She reached 2nd round in Wuhan where she lost to Sharapova in 3 sets. It was really interesting match and Svetlana was fighting really well. Daniela’s form this year is pretty much poor. I think that her career is not going up anymore. She didn’t beat any really good player this year and she’s struggling to beat even low ranked opponents. Svetlana’s tricky topspin shots and her powerful baseline game won’t allow Hantuchova to come to the net. Daniela will try to hit the winners from the baseline in that case, she’ll go for too much and she’ll make a lot of errors. Kuznetsova should be able to beat Hantuchova without lot of problems.
Prediction: Kuznetsova in 2 sets
Sara Errani vs Kurumi Nara
Errani’s form was full of ups and downs too. Apart from clay( and from Paris and US Open) she had not done almost anything. Her last 2 losses were against Erakovic and Riske in STRAIGHT SETS. I must mention that Sara barely won one game against Wozniacki in the QFs of the US Open, so I can say that Sara’s form is not really great. Nara’s year was really good, but she’s not really consistent. She have a high-quality game and she can be a real threat to anyone when she’s on. However, she eaten a lot of bagels and bread sticks this year. Sara will be mostly in defense. She’ll defend with her topspin shots and some tricky slices. Nara will go for her shots and she’ll be the aggressor in this match. I think that this match won’t be nice for watching and that we’ll see a lot of errors from both, but I think that Nara will prevail in the end. We’ll see what will happen.
Prediction: Nara in 3 sets
Stosur df. Schiavone in 3 sets
Venus df. Watson in 2 tight sets
Halep df. Zahlavova-Strycova in 2 sets
Kerber df. DellAcqua in 3 sets
Vinci df. Shvedova in 3 sets
Petkovic df. Niculescu in 3 tight sets
Pliskova df. Hercog in 2 sets( one tight, one easy )