WTA predictions for season of 2015!!!

 

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First, I want to apologize to all of you because I wasn’t writing about WTA rising stars. I really had tough couple of months in school and I had to study a lot! Now, all of that is behind me and I’m ready to write my predictions again! I’ll write about rising stars in 2015, but now I will write my predictions for season of 2015. My fellow blogger James Peeling(Moo’s tennis blog) inspired me to write this article. I’m hoping that you’ll like it and that some of you will tell me their own predictions!

~~~TOP 10 predictions for season of 2015~~~

1. Simona Halep

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Simona played amazing in 2014 and I think she’ll reach the top of her game next year. With her smart counterpunching game she can beat much more powerful opponents. She showed of what she’s capable of when she destroyed Serena Williams in Singapore. I think that Simona will be very consistent next year and that she’ll become world no.1! Her best chance to win a Grand Slam will come at Roland Garros and at her best surface – clay!

2.Petra Kvitova

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Petra played badly in the 1st half of 2014, but she was one of the best players in the 2nd half. Winning Wimbledon was obviously the highlight of her season. With her massive game she can overpower anyone. Kvitova will never be one of the most consistent players, but her flashes of brilliance will bring her close to the top. Her best chance to win her 3rd Grand Slam will come at Wimbledon and at her best surface – grass!

3.Serena Williams

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Serena was impressive in 2014, but there was some indications that she’s very vulnerable right now. Losses to Cornet, Cepelova and Muguruza (and some retirements too) made me think that Serena can’t finish season of 2015 as no. 1. However, I believe that Serena will play some tournaments where she’ll be on her best so I believe she’ll finish in top 3. Serena’s powerful game is still very effective. She plays well at every surface and she have a good chance to collect another Grand Slam!

4.Maria Sharapova

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Maria played very well in 2014, especially on the clay, but she played a lot of tight matches against low-ranked opponents. Sharapova must learn that she can’t come back from a set down always. Her aggressive game will allow her to stay in top 4, but I think that top 2 is too much for Maria. WTA tour is so strong now and players are smarter and harder to beat than ever! Her best chance to win a Grand Slam will come at her best surface (clay) and her best Grand Slam – Roland Garros!

5.Caroline Wozniacki

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After Roland Garros, Caro played some of her best tennis ever! She beaten a lot of top class players and she was extremely tough opponent for everyone. I believe that she’ll continue to play consistent and aggressive and that it will bring her her first Grand Slam very soon. I think that her best chance to win her 1st Grand Slam will come at Australian Open!

6.Ana Ivanovic

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Ana’s resurgence in 2014 was impressive. I believe she’ll continue to play very well in next season. Her aggressive game with lot of variations will be dangerous for everyone. Ana struggled at Slams in 2014, but I think she’ll change it in 2015. I think she have a good chance to win another Slam. Now, she plays well at all surfaces so she have a good chance at all Slams!

7.Agnieszka Radwanska

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Aga’s season of 2014 was full of ups and downs. All the players are now more patient and aggressive and Radwanska’s magical defense can’t surprise them anymore. Still, Aga plays a beautiful tennis with lot of magical shots so I think she’ll stay in top 8. I don’t think she’ll win a Grand Slam next year, but she have the best chance at Wimbledon!

8.Victoria Azarenka

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Vika barely played a few tournaments in 2015. She was struggling with injuries, but still she managed to finish in top 32. It’s too early for her to come back to top 2, but I think she’ll be back to top 8. With her consistent and aggressive game, she’ll be dangerous opponent. I don’t think she’ll win a Grand Slam in 2015, but her best chance will come at US Open!

9.Jelena Jankovic

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Jelena played consistent and amazing until Roland Garros. After that, she barely won a couple of matches. She struggled with back injury, but I think she’ll finish next season in top 10! With her aggressive counterpunching game she’ll still be a dangerous player! Her chances to win a Grand Slam are low, but her best chance will come at Roland Garros!

10.Lucie Safarova

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Lucie was one of the most underrated players at start of the year. She played tight matches against Sharapova and Li, but she still was outside the top 20! After Roland Garros, she played consistent and simply amazing. With her extremely aggressive game she’ll finish next season in top 10. I think she won’t win a Grand Slam, but her best result will come at Wimbledon!

~~~Best of my country – Serbia!~~~

As I already mentioned, I belive that Ana and JJ will finish in top 10 next year. But, what about other players?! Serbian no.3 Bojana Jovanovski completed plasma therapy and her arm in now healthy. With some new confidence and her hard-hitting game, I think that Bojana will enter top 30 for the first time in her career. Serbia’s no.4 Aleksandra Krunic showed of what she’s capable of when she reached R16 at US Open. She beaten Keys, Kvitova and she’s pushed Azarenka to 3 sets. With her patient game and amazing footwork, I think that she’ll finish in top 50 next year. She recently won title in Ankara so she’s really confident right now! Serbian no. 5 Jovana Jaksic will probably fall down in term of ranking after Monterrey. Her game is still raw and inconsistent and she needs to work on some things before she can reach her full potential. I think she’ll finish around 150. place next year. Next one is Vesna Dolonc. She have tons of potential, but she done nothing in 2014. She’s not longer in top 200. I believe that next year will be a little better for her and that she’ll finish in top 200! Ivana Jorovic is our newest rising star. She is former no.1 junior and I expect a lot from her. She have nice all-round game and I think she’ll enter top 100 next year. Nina Stojanovic is one of our rising stars too. She won 11 titles this year and she’s really confident right now. I believe she’ll enter top 200 next year. Doroteja Eric have done almost nothing this year and I belive she’ll finish next year outside the top 400. Vojislava Lukic is our comeback player and she’s already on verge to reach top 400. I believe she’ll reach top 250 next year! That’s the best of my country!

~~~Top rising stars next year~~~

I believe that Bouchard and Bencic will be the best of the rising stars and that they’ll finish in top 15. I expect Muguruza, Keys, Svitolina and Stephens to finish in top 20 too! I believe that Giorgi, Diyas, Garcia and Jovanovski will finish in top 30. I expect Townsend, Siniakova, Konjuh and Krunic to finish in top 50. Bencic and her smart and aggressive game and Bouchard’s take-the-ball-early and very aggressive game will lead them to the top of the rising stars. Garbine’s consistent aggression, Madison’s ballbashing, Elina’s smart aggression and Sloane’s athletic and powerful game will help them to finish in top 20. Camila’s extreme aggression, Zarina’s smart-hitting, Caroline’s clean-hitting and Bojana’s consistent baseline aggression will help them to finish in top 30. Taylor’s aggressive all-round game, Katerina’s hard-hitting, Ana’s magnificent power and Aleksandra’s athletic abilities will help them to finish in top 50!

~~~Comeback players!~~~

I expect Sorana Cirstea to come back to top 30. She’s currently close to be out of top 100, but I know she’ll bounce back in 2015. Her pure power deserves to be ranked in top 50 at least! Vera Zvonareva is starting her comeback again this year and I think she’ll make it. She has almost no points to defend so I believe she’ll enter top 100 at least. Who knows, maybe she enter top 50 as well! Laura Robson is our next comeback player. I think she’s out of top 900 in this moment, but she have all the weapons and willingness to enter top 50 again. However, I don’t think it’ll happen this year. At most, she’ll re-enter top 100! Kleybanova and Hampton are still under the cloud of injuries so I don’t think they’ll finish in top 200. I also expect Wickmayer to re-enter top 50 this year! I believe that Date-Krumm will finish in top 100 again and that Tanasugarn will enter top 200! Kimiko is great inspiration for other players. I believe that players like Jie Zheng and Francesca Schiavone will be out of top 100. Hlavackova and Hradecka will finish in top 150! Maria Kirilenko will come back to top 50, while Urszula Radwanska will re-enter top 100! That’s all for now!

~~~Players with best chance to win a Grand Slam~~~

AUSTRALIAN OPEN – 1.Serena Williams 2.Caroline Wozniacki

ROLAND GARROS – 1.Maria Sharapova 2.Simona Halep

WIMBLEDON – 1.Petra Kvitova 2.Serena Williams

US OPEN – 1.Serena Williams 2.Caroline Wozniacki

Thanks for reading this article, if you want you can tell me your impressions and predictions in comments!

WTA rising stars – Allie Kiick

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Alexandra „Allie“ Kiick (born June 30, 1995 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida) is an American tennis player.

Results: Kiick has won three singles and one doubles title on the ITF tour in her career. On August 4, 2014, she reached her best singles ranking of world number 137. On May 19, 2014, she peaked at world number 214 in the doubles rankings. She won her first ITF title in Amelia Island(10k) in 2011 where she beaten Chalena Scholl 6-7(5) 6-2 6-3. She won her second ITF title almost 2 years later in Gainesville(10k) where she beaten Katerina Kramperova 6-1 7-5. One month later she reached her biggest career final in Charlottesville(50k) where she lost to Shelby Rogers 3-6 5-7. After that, she won her biggest career title at the end of 2013 in Merida(25k) where she beaten Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6 7-5 6-0. In January 2014 she reached finals in Daytona Beach(25k) where she was defeated by Anna Tatishvili 1-6 3-6. She won 1 doubles ITF title and reached 4 other finals. In her young career she beaten a lot of top 200 players!

Play style: There’s not a lot of youtube videos with Allie’s matches. This one I shared with you is pretty good. It’s hard to describe Kiick’s play style with those amateur videos, but I’ll try to represent it on the best way. Allie is an aggressive player. She’s playing one-handed forehand and two-handed backhand. She’s right-handed. Both shots are really powerful. She’s not afraid to come to the net and she have some good net skills.

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MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT – Voting is over, 30 rising stars are chosen!

Voting for your favorite rising stars is finally over. You’ve chosen 30 rising stars and they are:

1.Kiick

2.Vickery

3.Keys

4.Kania

5.Linette

6.Townsend

7.Bouchard

8.Bencic

9.Stephens

10.Muguruza

11.Duval

12.Garcia

13.N.Osaka

14.Krunic

15.Konjuh

16.Ka.Pliskova

17.Vekic

18.Kumkhum

19.Giorgi

20.Vandeweghe

21.Friedsam

22.Babos

23.S.Xu

24.Bellis

25.Diyas

26.Jovanovski

27.Tomljanovic

28.Mladenovic

29.Q.Wang

30.Larcher de Brito

I said that I will choose 2 wild card too, but now I just can’t pick 2 of them so I’ll choose 3! 3 wild card are:

1.Abanda

2.Dodin

3.Jorovic

I’ll start writing about those 33 rising stars in December. I’ll write their short biography. Then I’ll write about their results and play styles. I’ll put some pictures and videos of their matches too. It should be fun! See y’all in December! 🙂

List of WTA rising stars – Vote for your favorite now!

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Rising star is a player younger than 22. Rising star is a player who showed potential on ITF( in juniors or seniors) or on WTA tour. You can read a list first and then you can vote for your favorite! Rising star is a player ranked inside top 200. There will be 17 juniors and honorable mentions who are all ranked outside of top 200! In december, I’ll start writing about 30 players with most votes and about 2 wild cards( players chosen by me )! I’ll write about their personal life, play style, results etc. It’ll be fun. Here’s a poll with all rising stars!
PS: If I had forgot some rising stars, let me know! 😉

You can vote for 30 PLAYERS in this poll. Keep voting. I’ll tell you final results at the end of this month. Love y’all!

TOP 5 matches from WTA Finals 2014!!!

~Top 5 matches!

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5. Caroline Wozniacki df. Maria Sharapova 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-2

Very long and very interesting match. It wasn’t high-quality match, but it was very exciting and interesting! Sharapova kept coming back, but she was too tired in that third set.

Highlights:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sxl8xW8lHS4

 

4.Maria Sharapova df. Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5 6-7(4) 6-2

Another long and exciting match. Radwanska came back from 1-5 and 3 match points down in 2nd set, but Sharapova eventually prevailed in 3rd set. That 2nd set that Agnieszka managed to win gave her a ticket to the SFs!

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QHi2zLRQx2Q&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

3.Serena Williams df. Caroline Wozniacki 2-6 6-3 7-6(6)

Highest quality match of the tournament. It was tight and interesting, but Serena showed why she’s still world number 1. Really interesting match, but there are 2 more interesting matches!

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PNUykyexEww&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

2.Serena Williams df. Simona Halep 6-3 6-0

Serena beaten Simona to win WTA Finals for the 3rd consecutive time. Serena was just too good, but Simona was far from her best. This match was Serena’s revenge!

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vr-npLd6mWk&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

1.Simona Halep df. Serena Williams 6-0 6-2

This match is probably most interesting and surprising match of this tournament. Simona Halep destroyed Serena Williams in a weird match. Serena played very bad, but Simona was just too good!

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSA-M74hPUY&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

~Honorable mentions!

Ana Ivanovic df. Simona Halep 7-6(7) 3-6 6-3

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9L4YXQRWWzc&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

Simona Halep df. Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2 6-2

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FgKUvdjec9I&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

Petra Kvitova df. Maria Sharapova 6-3 6-2

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lrY3TpDPWLk&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

Serena Williams df. Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-4

Higlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGsKa58dQNc&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

Simona Halep df. Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-3

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eg4mvUgThTo&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

Ana Ivanovic df. Eugenie Bouchard 6-1 6-3

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmb0k91Rnj0&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

Serena Williams df. Eugenie Bouchard 6-1 6-1

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vbcCxIKKGoo&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

Agnieszka Radwanska df. Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-3

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGDFpPspNFw&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

Caroline Wozniacki df. Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5 6-3

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQ4cs3pVPaM&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

Caroline Wozniacki df. Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-3

Highlights: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6FPqSlTgTeE&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

~Now…Best shots of WTA Finals 2014!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-GNwnVjUQ6s&list=UUaBIVVpHjq6j3tSyxwTE-8Q

 

 

 

WTA Finals in Singapore 2014 – SERENA ON TOP OF THE WORLD AGAIN!!!

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Final result: Serena Williams defeated Simona Halep 6-3 6-0

8 ladies came to Singapore with ambition to win this amazing tournament, but only 2 of them could reach finals. Serena Williams and Simona Halep did that. Simona started match better than Serena. Crucial moment was when Halep had 2-1 and 40-15 lead. In that moment, Simona made some unexpected errors and Serena broke back. After that, it was all about Williams. From 1-2 down, Serena won 11 of next 12 games.I thought that this will be tight match, but Serena showed that she is still world no. 1. Halep was far from her best today. She was too passive and Serena controlled almost all rallies. Match was interesting, but I expected better resistance from Simona. Both ladies had amazing week and they both have my respect. Simona is still young and her time will come. Williams was just too good today. Congratulations Serena! Congratulations Simona! See you both next year! 🙂

NOTE: I’ll publish later top 5 matches from WTA Finals this year in my opinion. My schedule for next few weeks – WTA Sofia, maybe some WTA125k and some ITF tournaments and … you’ll see! 😉

WTA Finals in Singapore 2014 – Serena vs Simona, Peng/Hsieh vs Black/Mirza

Sorry for the lack of updates last 3 days. I was watching all the matches this week and I’ll do recap of WTA Finals 2014. Now I’ll do preview for Serena vs Simona and it’s not my last prediction this season. I’ll do some predictions for Sofia next week and then I’ll write about rising stars that have a lot of potential, but they are still really young. Some of them are already famous, some of them still wait to break through. But now…Serena vs Simona preview! 🙂

Serena Williams vs Simona Halep

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Serena player really great, but Simona embarrassed her this week by her impressive victory. First, Serena beaten  Ivanovic 6-4 6-4 in an really interesting and close match. Main difference was that Serena had 12 aces and Ana had 7 double faults! It looked like Serena is again on her best and then it happened…Simona destroyed Serena in an one-sided match 6-0 6-2. It was one of the worst performances by Williams EVER, but Simona played absolutely stunning. She saved all break points she faced and she showed the world of what she’s capable of. Serena was clearly disappointed by her performance, but she bounced back in her next match. She outclassed Bouchard 6-1 6-1. It was great performance by Williams, but there was nothing else that Serena could do. It all depended on Simona and Ana. Simona was really solid in her 1st match against Bouchard. Halep beaten her 6-2 6-3. Halep wasn’t on her best in that match, but she still managed to beat Eugenie easily. After that, as I already mentioned, Simona destroyed Serena and it was her 1st win against world no. 1. Then Simona played against Ivanovic. All was clear – If Ana beat Simona in straight sets she goes to the SFs; if Simona takes only one set Serena goes to the SFs. Ana managed to win extremely tight first set after she came back from 2-5 down. She saved set point in tie-break too. Simona won second set and helped Serena to reach SFs. Ana eventually won in the end 7-6(7) 3-6 6-3 but she was already out of tournament. Credit to Simona for her fighting spirit. She knew she reached SFs, but she played pretty well and fought well. Serena beaten her best friend Wozniacki in SFs in extremely tight and high-quality match 2-6 6-3 7-6(6). It was one of the best matches this year. Simona played absolutely stunning against Radwanska. She won 6-2 6-2. Aga was too passive but Simona played extremely well. This match will be the rematch of their RR match! Simona won’t win easily this time, that’s sure. Both are playing really aggressive. Simona showed that she have enough power to be aggressive against everyone on WTA tour, especially in her matches against Serena and Ivanovic. Williams is more powerful, but Halep is faster! This match is so hard to predict, but I think that Serena will avenge her embarrassing loss to Halep. Simona played superb this week so she really have a chance in this match. This match will be extremely close but I believe that Serena will prevail. I’m just hoping that this will be high-quality and interesting match!

Prediction: Serena in 3 tight sets

 

Shuai Peng/Su-Wei Hsieh vs Cara Black/Sania Mirza

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Short preview: Peng and Hsieh have a chance to defend their WTA Finals title. They’ll play for the trophy against Black and Mirza. Both teams have a lot of experience, but I must say that Peng and Hsieh are favorites. Shuai and Su-Wei have a unique play style and they’re a great team. Both play forehand and backhand with two hands and their play style is a mix of tricky lobs and moonballs, wicked slices, powerful groundstrokes and great net skills. Sania’s and Cara’s play style is pretty aggressive. They have powerful shots and of course, great net skills. Hsieh and Peng have more variety so I believe that they will win this match!

Prediction: Peng/Hsieh in 3 sets