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 – 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 – 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.

Wuhan 2014 – Semi-finals

Petra Kvitova vs Elina Svitolina

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Petra played superb against Garcia. She wasn’t broken for the whole match and she faced just 2 break points in one game. Her serve was especially on fire, but her strokes too. Garcia played well too, but Petra was just too good. She didn’t give Caroline a rhythm because she was firing her massive shots all over the court. Great performance by Petra. Elina is a positive surprise of this tournament. In the QFs, she beaten Angelique Kerber. Kerber wasn’t on her best, but Elina played great. She was really aggressive and consistent enough to beat German with never-give-up attitude. This match should be interesting, especially because Elina won their only meeting this year in straight sets! But I must mention that Petra played horrible in that match. She just couldn’t find a court with her shots. Petra will be the aggressor in this match and she’ll decide almost everything. Svitolina is an aggressive player, but she’s just not powerful as Kvitova. Petra played great in Wuhan, so I think she’ll win this match in straight sets. Elina can just hope that Petra will have one of her bad days.

Prediction: Kvitova in 2 tight sets

 

Eugenie Bouchard vs Caroline Wozniacki

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Bouchard played solid against Cornet. She won in straight sets, but it won’t be easy. Alize was really tired, but she fought well. Genie was just too solid in that match. She played really aggressive. Caroline was solid too. She beaten another surprise of the tournament – Timea Bacsinszky. It wasn’t easy, but Wozniacki was just too steady and calm in the end. She won after comeback. Solid performance by Caroline too. Genie will be the aggressor in this match. With her powerful shots and some good volleys, she can control the game. Wozniacki will be consistent from the beginning till the end. Her steady shots with lot of counter-power and her great movement will keep Bouchard out of her rhythm. Wozniacki will chase down almost everything, that’s sure. With that consistency, she’ll beat very aggressive Eugenie. It won’t be easy, but Caroline will come through.

Prediction: Wozniacki in 3 sets

WTA Wuhan 2014 – Quarter-finals

Petra Kvitova vs Caroline Garcia

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Petra played very well at this tournament. She had a bye in the 1st round. In the second round she beaten in-form Knapp who recently won her first WTA title in Tashkent in straight sets – 6:3 6:0! In the 3rd round she beaten another in-form player – fellow Czech Karolina Pliskova. This match was much tighter than Petra’s previous match. She won in 3 sets – 6:3 2:6 6:4. Tight match, but Petra was in control in the 1st and the 3rd set. Garcia’s road to the QFs was much more difficult than Kvitova’s. In the first round she beaten Venus Williams who is in good form this year in 3 very tight sets – 6:4 4:6 7:6(6). Venus held match point at 5-3, but Garcia turned the match around. She showed how much she improved mentally. In the 2nd round she beaten consistent Agnieszka Radwanska in 3 very tight sets, again – 3:6 7:6(4) 7:6(7). Another 3rd set tie-break victory against another very experienced opponent. Wow Caroline! Wow! Then, in the 3rd round she beaten big-serving Coco Vandeweghe in 2 sets – 6:3 6:2. This match should be interesting. Both players are hard-hitters. Petra is more impatient, but more powerful too. Both have great serve and powerful strokes, especially forehand. Petra’s advantage is her tricky left-handed serve. Caroline’s advantage is her better movement than Petra’s. I think that this will be very tight match, but I believe that Garcia will win. She is very talented young player and she have all the weapons to overplay Petra. We’ll see am I right. When Kvitova is on her best, she’s unstoppable. However, she wasn’t on her best since Wimbledon final so I believe that Garcia have a real chance here.

Prediction: Garcia in 3 very tight sets

 

Eugenie Bouchard vs Alize Cornet

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Bouchard played pretty good in Wuhan. She had a bye in the first round. In the second round, she beaten big-hitting Mona Barthel in 3 tight sets – 4:6 6:3 6:4. Tight match, but Eugenie fought well. In the 3rd round she beaten always-dangerous American Alison Riske who beaten Sara Errani in straight sets in the previous round. Eugenie won that match in 2 sets -6:2 6:3. Cornet came from Guangzhou where was extremely hot to Wuhan. She had no real break, so I thought she would be very tired and that she’ll lose early. However, she surprised me. In the first round, she beaten comeback player Romina Oprandi in 2 easy sets – 6:1 6:2. In the second round, Serena retired her match against Alize at 6:5 because of illness. It’s basically third time that Cornet beaten Serena this year, but I won’t count this last victory. In the 3rd round, Alize edged wild card Kirsten Flipkens in 3 sets – 7:6(4) 1:6 6:3. Flipkens had set points in the 1st set and 3-1 lead in te 3rd, but Cornet fought well and she really deserved this victory. These 2 played once this year and Genie won in 2 tight sets in the 4th round of Wimbledon. Eugenie will be more aggressive. She’ll step in and she’ll go for her shots. Alize will fight with her topspin forehand, tricky slices and nice footwork. I think that Alize will be tired, so she won’t be able to trouble Bouchard. I believe that Eugenie will win in straight sets.

Prediction: Bouchard in 2 tight sets

 

Other predictions:

-Kerber df. Svitolina in 2 sets – Kerber struggled in her 2nd round match against Diyas, but she played great against Zahlavova-Strycova. Svitolina beaten Giorgi and Lisicki in straight sets and then Muguruza gave her a walkover. Elina will be more aggressive, but Kerber will be great in defense and she’ll counter Elina’s power, so I believe than Angelique will win this match in 2  sets.

-Wozniacki df. Bacsinszky in 3 tight sets – Wozniacki struggled against CSN, but she played great against DellAcqua. Timea was great in all of her matches, especially against Makarova and Sharapova. Timea will be more aggressive and she’ll control the game with her steady, but powerful shots. However, Caroline’s defensive skills will be too much for her.

 

Tokyo, Seoul 2014 – Finals

Wuhan is starting tomorrow, but I don’t have time to write analysis for the 1st day of that tournament. I’ll just write predictions. I have to write my article about Na Li’s retirement and predictions and analysis for Monday. Keep reading my blog, I’ll keep writing. 🙂

Ana Ivanovic vs Caroline Wozniacki

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Ana played amazing at this tournament. In the first round, she had a bye. In the second round she beaten former world no.1 Victoria Azarenka in 2 sets – 6:3 6:4. Then she beaten her nemesis Lucie Safarova 6:3 6:2. And finally, in the SFs, she beaten no.1 seed Angeliquer Kerber 7:5 6:3. Ivanovic played great in all of her matches. Wozniacki had a bye in the first round too. Then she beaten qualifier and former top 30 player Jarmila Gajdosova after comeback 4:6 7:5 6:3. In the QFs, she beaten Carla Suarez Navarro who had amazing year in 2 sets – 6:3 6:3. And finally, in the SFs, she beaten rising star Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets – 6:4 2:6 6:2. Wozniacki played great in all of her matches except her 2nd round match. Ana will be the aggressor in this match. She’ll use her biggest weapon( forehand ) to control the points. Her variations will help her to stay in longer rallies with Caroline. Wozniacki will play her patient game and she’ll get back lot of Ana’s shots. Both players are in amazing form, but I believe that Ana will be stronger and that she’ll win her 4th title this year. We’ll see what will happen.

Prediction: Ivanovic in 3 sets

 

Karolina Pliskova vs Varvara Lepchenko

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Pliskova reached her 2nd final in 2 weeks. Wow! She played pretty good at this tournament. In the 1st round, she beaten aggressive Julia Glushko 6:1 6:2. In the second round, she beaten rising star Anna-Lena Friedsam in 3 sets – 6:4 6:7(5) 6:2. Then, in the QFs, she beaten qualifier Nicole Gibbs 6:3 6:4. And finally, in the SFs, she beaten always-dangerous Maria Kirilenko after comeback 4:6 7:6(5) 6:3. She played solid in all of her matches. Lepchenko beaten Australia’s Olivia Rogowska 6:1 6:2. Then she beaten wild card Han 7:5 6:1. In the QFs, she pulled upset of the tournament by beating no.1 seed Agnieszka Radwanska after comeback – 6:7(4) 6:2 6:2. And finally, in the SFs, she beaten fellow American Christina McHale 3:6 6:1 7:6(5).  Lepchenko saved match point when she was 4-5 down in the 3rd set. Overall, Varvara played pretty good in all of her matches. Both players are playing very aggressive. Pliskova have powerful serve and massive groundstrokes. Her main weakness is her movement. Lepchenko have tricky left-handed shots and serves. Both players are in pretty good form this year, but I think that it’s time for Karolina to win her 2nd WTA title. She played in 3 finals this year – this is 4th!

Prediction: Pliskova in 3 tight sets

 

WUHAN 2014 – DAY 1 PREDICTIONS

Svitolina df. Giorgi in 3 sets

Riske df. Xu in 2 sets

Zahlavova-Strycova df. Hantuchova in 2 sets

Makarova df. Jovanovski in 2 sets

Diyas df. Koukalova in 3 sets

Kuznetsova df. Nara in 3 tight sets

Erakovic df. Knapp in 3 sets

Schiavone df. Flipkens in 3 tight sets

Venus df. Garcia in 2 sets

Petkovic df. Vekic in 2 sets( one tight, one easy )

 

 

 

US Open 2014 – Final

Analysis of the semi-finals:

~Caroline Wozniacki beaten Shuai Peng 7:6(1) 4:3(ret.). Shuai retired from her semi-final match because of the heat illness. It was heartbreaking to watch Peng struggling on the court. I heard she’s fine now and that’s relief for me. However, it was good match from both players. Wozniacki showed that she’s a great person and player. She really showed compassion and respect to her opponent. Well done Caro for reaching US Open 2014 final! Well done Peng for never giving up! 🙂

~Serena Williams beaten Ekaterina Makarova 6:1 6:3. Serena played absolutely amazing. She was in her ‘beast mode’ and I’m really surprised that Makarova( even thought she played great too) managed to win 4 games. Serena really wants this title. You can feel desire in her. Well done Serena for reaching US Open 2014 final. Well done Makarova for great battle! 🙂

FINAL OF THE US OPEN 2014!

Serena Williams vs Caroline Wozniacki

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Two very good friends will fight for the title at this year’s US Open. Serena played amazing in all of her matches. She didn’t drop a set in any of them. In fact, she didn’t drop more than 3 games in any of her matches. Caroline played amazing too. She wasn’t on her best in her first rounds( against Rybarikova and Sasnovich), but she played absolutely amazing in her other matches. Serena will control the game with her powerful groundstrokes and serves. Caroline will chase down everything she can and she’ll try to counter Serena’s powerful shots. Both players have a good serve, especially Serena, so it will be very important factor in this match. Wozniacki will play aggressive, but not too risky. Both players wants this title, but you can really feel Serena’s desire in her matches. Caroline will fight till the end, but this is Serena’s title.

Prediction: Serena in 2 tight sets

 

Note: Congratulations to Serena for qualifying for the Singapore and to Caroline for coming back into the top 10! 🙂

Vote for a player who will win US Open 2014 in your oppinion. Will it be Serena or Caroline? What do you think? 🙂