Alya WTA Malaysian Open 2017 Preview

Hello tennis fans! I’m a WTA Fanatic and I love watching WTA Tennis so I decided to create a blog. Follow me @WTA_Fanatics on Twitter. For my first post, I’m doing a preview of the upcoming Alya WTA Malaysian Open 2017 because I love previews! I’ll break down the draw so let’s get started with the first quarter.

Correct predictions are in green while wrong predictions are in red

First Quarter – Headlined by (1) Elina Svitolina

Elina Svitolina will be coming into Kuala Lumpur at her career-high ranking, however there is a chance of withdrawal as she is in the Dubai Duty Free Championship final against Caroline Wozniacki. If she decides to play the tournament, her route to the semifinals should be a smooth one. She plays a qualifier/lucky loser in the first round, before a clash with Nao Hibino or Zanevska in the second round. There she would likely meet an in-form Elise Mertens, a player who has won 13 out of 15 matches. I don’t think Mertens has the firepower to beat Svitolina, and the Ukrainian should win easily.

Quarter-Finalists: Svitolina, Mertens

Semi-Finalist: Svitolina

Second Quarter – Headlined by (4) Peng Shuai

Two in-form Chinese players, Peng Shuai and Duan Ying-Ying, headline the second quarter. Peng’s 2017 has really been a good one, making the finals of Taiwan in singles and 3 doubles finals including the Australian Open. Duan also is having a good year, a quarterfinal in Sydney and third round appearance in the Australian Open her best showings so far. The other players in this quarter will likely not be much of an impact, and I’m guessing the first semifinal here should be a repeat of the Taiwan final, Svitolina-Peng.

Quarter-Finalists: Peng, Duan

Semi-Finalist: Peng

Third Quarter – Headlined by (3) Caroline Garcia 

Even though Caroline Garcia is the higher seed in this quarter, more eyes will be focused on the Dubai quarterfinalist, Wang Qiang. She had a great week in the desert, beating St. Petersburg champ Kristina Mladenovic before falling to Sevastova in a topsy-turvy encounter. Wang could play countrywoman Zheng Saisai in the second round, who won their previous encounter in China. Frenchwoman Garcia hasn’t produced the results she would have wanted in 2017 so far, but her fine draw gives herself a chance to reach the semifinals here. I’m excepting a seeded encounter here in the third quarter, but there could be upsets as Garcia too has potential banana skins in the form of Krunic or Han, two solid players.

Quarter-Finalists: Wang, Garcia

Prediction: Garcia

Fourth Quarter – Headlined by (2) Carla Suarez Navarro

Carla is back! Having to withdraw from the Middle East swing due to injuries, she is coming to Malaysia hoping for a good result before the Indian Wells-Miami swing, where she made the final before in the latter tournament. The Spaniard could play two qualifiers or lucky losers in the first two rounds or Irina Falconi in the second. I’m giving Suarez Navarro the benefit of the doubt since she has been plagued by injuries this year so far, but not so for Cagla Buyukakcay. She has failed to back up the results after a breakout 2016 season, and I’m guessing that Risa Ozaki or Kateryna Kozlova could cause some problems for her.

Quarter-Finalists: Kozlova, Suarez Navarro

Semifinalist: Suarez Navarro

Finalists: Svitolina, Garcia

Winner: Garcia

Hopefully everyone enjoyed my first post! Acapulco preview coming up 🙂

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