Linz, Osaka, Tianjin 2014 – Finals

Karolina Pliskova vs Camila Giorgi

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Pliskova played pretty solid in Linz. Karolina recorded straight set victories over Flipkens, Barthel and Brengle. She lost only one set to Friedsam in the SFs and she’s on-paper favorite in this final. Giorgi was even more impressive this week. She didn’t drop a set for the whole week. She recorded straight set victories over Petkovic, Jabeur, Erakovic and Knapp. I’ll only say one thing – This will be VERY AGGRESSIVE final. Both have powerful groundstrokes. Giorgi doesn’t have some special tactics – She’ll hit a ball as hard as she can. When she have a good day, she’s pretty much unbeatable. However, on her bad day, almost anyone in top 200 can beat her. She have a good serve. She’s serving pretty much risky on her 2nd serve. It means good 2nd serves and LOT of double faults. She’s little bit faster than Pliskova. Karolina have a powerful shots and massive serve. Her serve is her biggest weapon. Her movement is kind of robotic, but she’s not slow! She’s using slices really well. Both are good at the net. These two ladies are very unpredictable, but something’s telling me that Camila will manage to edge Karolina. We’ll see!

Prediction: Giorgi in 3 sets

 

Samantha Stosur vs Zarina Diyas

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Stosur played great this week. She didn’t drop a set for the whole tournament and that’s really surprising. Sam’s year was full of ups and downs. In Osaka, she recorded straight set victories over Eguchi, Putintseva and Svitolina. Gajdosova retired her match against Stosur. Diyas was impressive too. This is her first WTA final. She recorded straight set victories this week over Chan, Arruabarrena and Kumkhum. She dropped only one set against Konjuh in the QFs. Samanatha will play her standard game – kick serve, topspin forehand and tricky backhand( flat and slice ). Stosur is still very fast so she’ll be able to chase down lot of Zarina’s shots. Zarina’s game is really solid. She plays aggressive and patient too. She needs to be calm if she wants to beat Samantha. Stosur will have one huge advantage – This is Zarina’s first WTA final so she’ll be probably nervous. However, Stosur is not really consistent this year so maybe Diyas have a chance. I still think that Stosur will win in straight sets, but Diyas will not go down without a fight!

Prediction: Stosur in 2 tight sets

 

Belinda Bencic vs Alison Riske

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Belinda played pretty well in Tianjin. She recorded straight set victory over Zhu and three-set victory over Hsieh. She was a little bit lucky because Oprandi gave her a walkover and Peng retired. However, I believe Belinda would beat them anyway. She was close to defeat in her QF match against Hsieh. Hsieh had 2-0 in the 3rd set, but after that Belinda won 6 straight games. Riske was even more impressive. She didn’t drop a set for the whole week. She recorded straight set victories over Buyukakcay, Govorstova, Lepchenko and Saisai Zheng. Both ladies reached their first WTA finals. Bencic have an effective game with no major weaknesses. She’s consistent, quick and aggressive. However, Riske is far more aggressive and powerful than Belinda. Alison is playing very risky game and she’s rewarded for that this week. Her powerful groundstrokes will allow her to control most of the rallies. Riske have a chance, but I think that Bencic is too consistent for Alison in this moment. I think that Bencic will win, but I still don’t know how Riske will play. I’ll choose consistency over aggression this time.

Prediction: Bencic in 3 tight sets

 

 

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