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

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WTA Finals in Singapore 2014 – Agnieszka vs Caroline, Maria vs Petra, Serena vs Eugenie

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I don’t know what to say. Matches are impossible to predict. I don’t know how to write my predictions anymore. Today, Simona Halep beaten Serena Williams 6-0 6-2!!! Current world no. 1 played probably worst match ever but Simona played very solid. Williams just couldn’t find the court with her shots and her movement was poor, especially in the first set. Match between Serena and Simona is still haunting me. New era has come! Later that day, Ana Ivanovic defeated Eugenie Bouchard 6-1 6-3. It was great performance by Ana and again, poor performance by Bouchard. She played a little bit better than against Simona but Canadian was still far away from her best. Today I’ll do short predictions without pictures because I’m not ready to write my full predictions yet. Serena vs Halep really proved me that matches are IMPOSSIBLE to predict. I’m hoping that I’ll be right about these 3 matches. I’ll write my standard predictions tomorrow. Thank you for reading my blog and for supporting me. Love y’all ! 🙂

~Agnieszka Radwanska df. Caroline Wozniacki in 3 sets — This is really risky pick but I’ll believe in Aga this time. She played amazing against Petra and she have a chance to win this match too. Caro played very solid against Maria but Radwanska won’t defeat herself like Sharapova. Wozniacki can win this but I’m choosing Agnieszka this time!

~Maria Sharapova df. Petra Kvitova in 3 tight sets — Maria played bad against Wozniacki but she showed great fighting spirit and desire. Petra was far from her best but I think she’ll play better against Maria. Both are powerful but Maria is stronger mentally so I believe she’ll win this in the end. She’ll be extra motivated because she can become world no. 1 after this tournament!

~Serena Williams df. Eugenie Bouchard in 2 very tight sets — Something is telling me that Serena is still not done here. She played poor against Halep but she can bounce back against out-of-form Bouchard. Williams at least played good against Ivanovic. Eugenie played poor in both of her matches. I think that Serena will win but anything is possible. Maybe Serena have some injury or illness. Maybe Kerber will play this match instead of Serena. Who knows!? Probably no one.

See you all tomorrow! 🙂

WTA Finals in Singapore 2014 – Serena vs Simona, Eugenie vs Ana

Serena Williams vs Simona Halep

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Serena played superb against Ivanovic. She won 6-4 6-4. Serena fired 12 aces and 4 double faults compared to Ana’s zero aces and 7 double faults. It was a high-quality match and both played well. Match was full of stunning rallies and amazing shots. Simona played really well against Bouchard. Eugenie made far too many errors but Simona was very calm and steady. Looks like she’s back on the top of her game.  This match is very exciting for me. Serena leads against Simona in their head-2-head 3-0 but their last match was in Cincinnati last year. Simona took away one set from Serena but it was in 2011 at Wimbledon.  Serena will play her extremely aggressive tennis and she’ll control most of the points with her massive serves and powerful groundstrokes. Against Ivanovic, Serena showed her hunger and desire to win title in Singapore so I believe that Williams will be extra motivated to win this match. Simona will play her consistent tennis. She’ll chase down everything she can and she’ll try to be aggressive from the baseline. Simona is playing very well in this moment but Serena is a whole new level. Halep will give her best but it won’t be enough to harm current world no. 1.

Prediction: Serena in 2 tight sets

 

Ana Ivanovic vs Eugenie Bouchard

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Ana played very solid against Serena. She had problems with her serve but everything else was on her standard level. She dropped her serve in the end of both sets. Eugenie played on very low level against Halep. Maybe she had a problem with her injury, maybe she was nervous…Who knows! But if she continues to play on that level, she’ll stay winless in Singapore. Against in-form Ivanovic, she needs to play her best tennis. Bouchard leads against Ivanovic in their head-2-head 2-0. They played one of those matches at this year’s Australian Open in QFs. Eugenie won 5-7 7-5 6-2. Both are really aggressive and powerful. Ana’s biggest strength is, as always, her forehand. However, her forehand is nicely backed up with solid backhand, tricky slices, drop shots, net play and some defensive shots too. Bouchard  takes the ball early so Ana won’t have a lot of time to react. Eugenie is playing very risky and she’s dangerous opponent when she’s on. Honestly, I don’t think that Eugenie will beat Ana but Wozniacki and Radwanska proved that everything is possible. Ana was more consistent this year so I think she’ll win this match. It won’t be easy but she’ll score her 1st win in Singapore! 😉

Prediction: Ivanovic in 3 sets

Tuesday results:

~ Caroline Wozniacki df. Maria Sharapova 7-6(4) 6-7(5) 6-2 — It wasn’t high-quality match but it was really interesting. Maria kept coming back but in the end she was just too tired. I didn’t expect this result but all credit goes to Caroline! Well done! 🙂

~Agnieskza Radwanska df. Petra Kvitova 6-2 6-3 — Radwanska was at her magical best against Petra. She had some amazing shots and she was very consistent. Petra made a lot of errors but Agnieszka was just too solid. Well done! 🙂

~Monica Puig df. Saisai Zheng 6-4 6-3 — I wasn’t watching this match but well done Monica. She scored 4 wins at this rising stars event and she really deserved this trophy. She beaten Diyas, Rogers and Zheng( twice ). Well done Puig! 🙂

WTA Finals in Singapore 2014 – Maria vs Caroline, Petra vs Agnieszka

Maria Sharapova vs Caroline Wozniacki

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Maria had fantastic season, especially on the clay courts. She won 4 titles( Stuttgart, Madrid, French Open and Beijing ) and reached 4 SFs( Brisbane, Paris, Miami and Cincinnati) . She had few shocking losses( Bacsinszky, Giorgi etc. ) but Sharapova had great year overall. Caro had a great year too. Before Wimbledon she wasn’t in great form but she was on fire after that. She won 1 title( Istanbul ); reached 2 finals( US Open and Tokyo ); 5 SFs( Dubai, Monterrey, Eastbourne, Cincinnati and Wuhan) and 2 QFs( Miami and Montreal). Wozniacki is now playing her best tennis again. Maria leads in their head-2-head but Caroline won their only match this year. Wozniacki beaten Sharapova in 4th round of the US Open 6-4 2-6 6-2. Sharapova will be the aggressor in this match. With her massive groundstrokes she will be able to control most of the rallies. She improved her movement a lot and she covers the baseline very well. She’s probably mentally strongest WTA player in this moment. Wozniacki is playing her defensive tennis very well but now she is able to be aggressive when she wants. She’s really fast and she have a really good serve. With some good net play, Caroline is a tricky opponent for Maria. This will be tight match but Maria will manage to win it in the end.

Prediction: Sharapova in 3 tight sets

 

Agnieszka Radwanska vs Petra Kvitova

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Agnieszka’s season was full of ups and downs but she had some great results, especially before French Open. She won 1 title( Montreal ); reached 1 final( Indian Wells ); 4 SFs( Australian Open, Doha, Katowice and Madrid ) and 5 QFs( Miami, Stuttgart, Rome,Cincinnati and Seoul). She’s coming to Singapore with low confidence but maybe she can turn around her bad form here. Petra’s season before Wimbledon was forgettable but after that, she’s playing amazing. She won 3 titles( Wimbledon, New Haven and Wuhan ); reached 1 final( Beijing ); 2 SFs( Sydney and Madrid) and 3 QFs( Doha, Miami and Eastbourne ). She had a lot of shocking losses but she recovered well. Kvitova leads against Radwanska in their head-2-head 5-1 but their last match was last year. Radwanska is just powerless against really powerful hitters like Kvitova and Serena. Petra will play her standard risky game. Her massive serves and strokes will allow her to control almost every rally. She added some slices, drop shots and net play in her game and it’s very nice to see some tricks that will make Petra’s game even more effective. When she’s on, she’s unstoppable. But when she can’t find her shots, she’s very beatable. Aga is probably hoping that Petra will play her self-destructive game. Radwanska will try to disrupt Petra’s rhythm with her endless retrieving and some magical shots. Radwanska form is really questionable because her last losses were against Vinci, Garcia and Lepchenko. Playing well or not, I think that Petra won’t have any problems against Radwanska.

Prediction: Kvitova in 2 sets

 BONUS!!! – Battle of WTA rising stars( Finals )

Monica Puig df. Saisai Zheng in super tie-break

 

Monday results:

~Serena Williams df. Ana Ivanovic 6-4 6-4 — Great match with lot of amazing rallies. Main difference was that Serena had 12 aces and 4 double faultsa while Ana had o aces and 7 double faults. Serena is hungry. She really wants this title!

~Simona Halep df. Eugenie Bouchard 6-2 6-3 — Solid match by Simona but Bouchard was totally out of her rhythm. Both had 11 winners but Halep had 11 unforced errors while Eugenie had 30! Very weak performance by Canadian.

WTA Finals in Singapore 2014 – Serena vs Ana, Simona vs Eugenie

Serena Williams vs Ana Ivanovic

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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

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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! 🙂

Moscow 2014 – Semi-finals ; Luxembourg 2014 – Finals

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Moscow( left ) and Luxembourg( right )

~Lucie Safarova vs Irina Camelia Begu

Lucie had an amazing week. She played absolutely stunning against Tomljanovic and Kuznetsova. She hit a lot of aces(15) against Ajla in just two sets and lot of winners against Svetlana. Irina had great week too but mostly because of an open draw. She beaten Vekic, Makarova and Pironkova.  Vekic isn’t really in form of her life, Makarova always play bad in Moscow and Pironkova’s weak forehand always let her down. Lucie’s powerful and unpredictable shots will allow her to control the game. With some steady shots and serves, Lucie shouldn’t have any problems here. She’ll exploit Irina’s weakness – her forehand. Irina won’t have a time to shot the ball with her backhand so I think that Safatova will win this comfortably.

Prediction: Safarova in 2 sets

~Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs Katerina Siniakova

Pavs played great this week. She beaten Konjuh and Riske comfortably. However, she had all kinds of struggle against comeback player  and fellow Russian Diatchenko but she managed to win that tight three-setter. Siniakova showed the world of what she’s capable of. She’s future star, that’s sure. She came through the 3 rounds of qualifying and then she easily beaten Vesnina and Mladenovic. In the QFs, she edged powerful Italian Giorgi in 3 really tight sets. Anastasia is the favorite here. With her powerful shots, good angles and some tricky drop shots, she should be able to win this. However, Siniakova showed a heart of the champion and she won’t go down without a fight. With her powerful and patient shots and with some good movement, she’ll test Anastasia’s ability to stay consistent in one match. Katerina will take a set, but Anastasia won’t allow her to reach the finals in Moscow.

Prediction: Pavlyuchenkova in 3 sets

~Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova vs Annika Beck

Barb had an amazing week. She beaten Soler-Espinosa, Van Uytvanck, Larsson and Barthel – all in straight sets! Annika played amazing too. She reached her 2nd straight final in Luxembourg and she didn’t drop a set too! She beaten Bacsinszky, Vinci, Mayr-Achleitner and Allertova. This match should be interesting. BZS in an all-round player with no major weaknesses. She’s mixing her tricks with her consistent game. She’s using lot of slices, dropshots and she goes to the net whenever she can. Annika play even more patient tennis. She’s very fast and she’s amazing in defense but she also can produce good and powerful winners from the baseline. Both played unbelievable well this week and this match is so hard to predict but I’ll chose Zahlavova-Strycova. She’s been more consistent this year and she loves to play on fast surfaces. Annika loves Luxembourg but I think she’ll be without a title again. Who knows, maybe Beck surprise us! 😉

Prediction: Zahlavova-Strycova in 3 tight sets

Moscow, Luxembourg 2014 – day 4

Before you read my predictions, you can see this beautiful pictures! 🙂

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This is the place where top 8 WTA players will fight to win YEC in Singapore. Serena, Maria, Petra, Simona, Eugenie, Agnieszka, Caroline and Ana will fight for the trophy! 🙂

But now…prediction! 😀

Note: My predictions for Moscow and Luxembourg will be shorter that usual because I’m saving my energy to write more detailed predictions about YEC in Singapore. 🙂

~Alison Riske vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Both were very good in their 1st round matches. Riske beaten Kasatkina and Anastasia beaten Konjuh. This will be an hard-hitting battle. Both players love to go for their shots and to play aggressive. Alison won her first WTA title last week so I believe she’ll win this match. However, Pavs is playing in her home country so we shouldn’t write her off yet.

Prediction: Riske in 3 tight sets

 

~Tsvetana Pironkova vs Aleksandra Krunic

Great performances by both in their 1st round matches. Pironkova beaten Kovinic and Krunic beaten Garcia. If you want to beat player like Aleksandra, you have to be powerful and patient.Tsvetana can be patient but her forehand is very weak. However, her backhand is pretty much powerful. I think that Krunic will win this match, she was born and she lived in Moscow for a long time so it’s basically her home country. If she’s playing patient and with lot of variations, she can beat giant-killer Pironkova.

Prediction: Krunic in 2 tight sets

 

~Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova vs Johanna Larsson

Both played amazing in their matches at Luxembourg. Barbora didn’t drop a set on her road to the QFs, but Larsson showed heart of the lion. She won 3 matches in qualies and 2 in main draw. She saved 2 match points in her match against Hercog. Johanna have a good topspin forehand, but her weak backhand always let her down. Barbora have an all-round game and it’s very interesting to watch her play when she’s on. Johanna will may be tired, so I think Barbora won’t have a lot of problems here.

Prediction: Zahlavova-Strycova in 2 sets

 

Other predictions:

~Moscow

Mladenovic df. Siniakova in 3 sets

Cibulkova df. Diatchenko in 3 tight sets

~Luxembourg

Beck df. Mayr-Achleitner in 2 sets

Barthel df. Bertens in 2 sets

*Lisicki-Allertova match isn’t over yet so I’ll do predictions for both cases( If Lisicki wins and if Allertova wins)

Lisicki df. Lepchenko in 3 sets or Lepchenko df. Allertova in 2 tight sets

Tomorrow I’ll take a break so…See you all at Friday! 🙂