Serena Williams vs Ana Ivanovic
Serena had an amazing year. She won 6 titles this year( Brisbane, Miami, Rome, Stanford, Cincinnati and most important of all – US Open); reached 2 SFs( Dubai and Montreal) and 2 QFs( Madrid and Beijing). She had some shocking losses (to Cepelova, Cornet, Muguruza etc.) but she won 6 titles so that losses are basically irrelevant. Ana had a great year too. After few forgettable years she found her form again. She won 4 titles this year( Auckland, Monterrey, Birmingham and Tokyo); reached 2 finals( Stuttgart and Cincinnati); 2 SFs( Rome and Beijing) and 3 QFs( Australian Open, Madrid and Stanford). Ana is again dangerous opponent. Serena leads against Ivanovic in their head-2-head 7-1 but they had some really competitive matches this year. Actually, Ana won their first match this year in 4th round of the Australian Open 4-6 6-3 6-3. Then, Serena avenged her loss in Rome SFs with victory 6-1 3-6 6-1. Their next match was in Stanford QFs where Williams edged Ivanovic 2-6 6-3 7-5. Their last match was in Cincinnati finals where Serena won comfortably 6-4 6-1. This match will be their 5th match this year! Serena-Ivanovic was a great rivalry this year. Serena struggled with injuries lately but she looks ready for this tournament. Ana struggled with injuries too but, just like Serena, she’s ready now. Ana is a player with most wins this year but Serena won’t allow her to score another. Serena will play her extremely aggressive game. With her powerful ground-strokes and massive serves she’ll control a lot of rallies. However, Ana showed this year that she’s not afraid of Williams. She’ll use her atomic forehand and variations to fight against Williams. Both players are fast and they have good court coverage. Ana will maybe take a set but healthy Serena is just too powerful and flawless.
Prediction: Serena in 3 sets
Eugenie Bouchard vs Simona Halep
Eugenie had her breakthrough year, she played especially well at Grand Slams. She reached a 2nd week of all four of them. She won 1 title this year (Nurnberg); reached 2 finals( Wimbledon and Wuhan); 3 SFs( Australian Open, Charleston and French Open) and 2 QFs( Acapulco and Oeiras). She had 9 1st round exits but like I said, she was very consistent at Slams. Simona had her breakthrough year too, but she showed some indications when she won her 1st six titles last year. She won 2 titles this year( Doha and Bucharest ), reached 2 finals( Madrid and French Open), 2 SFs( Indian Wells and Wimbledon) and 3 QFs( Australian Open, Cincinnati and Beijing). Great year for Simona but she’s struggling with her form lately, mostly because of injuries. These two played two times and their head-to-head is 1-1. Their both matches were played this year. Halep won their 1st match in the 4th round of Indian Wells 6-2 1-6 6-4. Bouchard avenged her loss in the SFs of Wimbledon 7-6(5) 6-2. Simona and Eugenie are playing their 1st YEC. I think that both truly deserve their place here. Eugenie will be the aggressor in this match. She takes a ball early so Simona won’t have a lot of time to react. Bouchard have flat and powerful shots and she’s really dangerous when she’s on. With some steady shots and drive volleys she have what it takes to beat Halep. Simona is aggressive baseliner. She’s really fast and she can easily turn defence into offense. She have good forehand and solid backhand. I’m not sure that Simona is fully recovered because she’s struggling with injuries since Bucharest so I’ll give Bouchard the advantage. I think that Simona will fight until the end but Bouchard will take this match in two sets.
Prediction: Bouchard in 2 very tight sets
I can’t hide how excited I am right now. This group is just awesome! 😀
~ Serena and Ana will play their FIFTH match this year. It was one of the most interesting rivalries of the year!
~ Simo and Genie will play their 3rd match this year. Battle of future world no.1’s in my opinion!
~ Serena will play against Simona and Eugenie for the first time this year. Simply amazing!
~ Ana will play against Simona and Eugenie. Chance to avenge her losses to both of them this year!
See y’all tomorrow! I’m hoping that we’ll all enjoy in all of these matches! 🙂
Tomorrow : Predictions for Sharapova – Wozniacki and Kvitova – Radwanska! 🙂