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


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


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


Tokyo, Seoul 2014 – SFs, Guangzhou 2014 – final

Angelique Kerber vs Ana Ivanovic

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Both players were amazing in their quarter-final matches. Kerber beaten Dominika Cibulkova 6:3 6:0. Pretty impressive score. Ivanovic beaten Lucie Safarova 6:3 6:2. Ana played great too. Both players have very good season, especially Ana. Neither of them lost a set for the whole tournament.  These two are playing totally different types of tennis. Kerber is mostly defensive. She likes to stay behind the baseline and from there she can counter even the most powerful shots. She can play aggressive too and she’s good at it, but she’s better in defense. She’s capable of playing good dropshots and passing shots too. Ana is an aggressive players. She have more variations than Kerber. Her main weapon is her forehand, but her game is very well backed-up with her solid backhand, good slices, drop shots and good net play. She improved her movement a lot this year. This match will be full of winners and spectacular shots. This will be tight match, but Ana is in better form now, so I believe she’ll reach the finals here!

Prediction: Ivanovic in 3 sets


Alize Cornet vs Monica Niculescu

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Cornet didn’t play great in Guangzhou, but she still managed to reach finals! She beaten Timea Bacsinszky in the SFs 6:1 7:6(5). Niculescu played amazing for the whole tournament. She didn’t drop more than 4 games in any of her matches in Guangzhou. In the SFs, she beaten Yafan Wang 6:0 6:2! This match should be spectacular. Cornet is one of the drama queens and Niculescu have unique play style. I can’t wait to watch this. Cornet will play  aggressive game. She will use her topspin forehand and good backhand to control points. Her good movement and drop shots will back up her aggressive game. Monica will use her play style to disrupt Alize’s rhythm. With lot of moonballs, wicked slices, hidden drop shots and some good net play and defense, Niculescu will make Alize fight for every single point. Cornet struggled with heat this weak and maybe Monica can use it. Niculescu played better at this tournament than Cornet, so I believe she’ll take the title in the Guangzhou.

Prediction: Niculescu in 2 tight sets


Karolina Pliskova vs Maria Kirilenko


Pliskova played solid in her last match. She beaten Nicole Gibbs 6:3 6:4. She had pretty good season overall. Kirilenko won another three-setter in the QFs. She beaten Kaia Kanepi 6:7(3) 6:2 6:3. Kirilenko finally found some good form and she’s playing pretty good in this moment. Both players are playing aggressive tennis. Pliskova is more powerful, but Kirilenko is faster! Pliskova will use her massive serves and powerful groundstrokes to control the points. Her main weakness is her robotic movement. Kirilenko must exploit it. She needs to play aggressive and consistent. With that type of play, she should be able to move Pliskova around and to draw errors from her. Karolina is not really famous because of her fighting spirit, so Maria can use it too. If Pliskova becomes impatient, it’s a chance for Kirilenko. With her steady shots and fighting spirit, Maria should be able to win this match.

Prediction: Kirilenko in 3 tight sets


Cara Black/Sania Mirza vs Garbine Muguruza/ Carla Suarez Navarro

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Black and Mirza are playing together for a long time and they’re really good team. In the first round, they beaten DellAcqua and Raymond 6:3 3:6 10:8. It was really tight match, but Black and Mirza survived. In the OFs, they beaten Hingis and Bencic, this time in two sets – 6:4 6:2. In the SFs they beaten Jankovic and Parra Santonja in two sets too – 6:3 6:2. They won all of their matches easily, except their 1st round match. Muguruza and Navarro beaten Pavlyuchenkova and Safarova in the first round in a tight three sets – 6:3 4:6 10:7.  QFs was as hard as their first round match. They beaten Gajdosova and Rodionova 7:5 4:6 10:4. Their SF match was probably the easiest one. Ranking said different thing, but result showed why it was the easiest one. They beaten Kops-Jones and Spears in TWO SETS 6:4 6:3. Muguruza and Navarro play their best tennis on the clay, but they are good on the other surfaces too. Black and Mirza are experienced doubles team. They will play aggressive and they’ll use their connection to beat Navarro and Muguruza. Muguruza and Navarro are good team. They represent good balance of offense and defence, but I think that Mirza and Black are just too good.

Prediction: Black/Mirza in 3 sets


Other predictions:


Wozniacki df. Muguruza in 3 sets


Lepchenko df. McHale in 2 sets

—Wuhan qualifying—

Matter-Sands df. Voegele in 2 tight sets

Hercog df. Gibbs in 3 sets

Bacsinszky df. Sheepers in 2 sets

Schmiedlova df. Wang in 3 tight sets

Beck df. Minella in 3 sets

Diyas df. Soler-Espinosa in 2 sets

Schiavone df. Van Uytvanck in 3 sets

Erakovic df. Yang in 2 sets( one tight, one easy )