More clay court tournaments… this time, the tour officially turns to red clay. Previewing the WTA International tournament in Bogota.
Kiki Bertens is back in action this week again… this time she’ll be trying to get some matches ahead of the upcoming clay swing. She only managed to garner one win in Charleston against Kateryna Bondarenko, and is really in need of some wins and confidence. It’s unlikely that she’ll be kicked out in the first two rounds – she faces Nina Stojanovic then either Burger or Tatjana Maria. In the quarters she could face Falconi, Schiavone or Tig. If the Dutchwoman makes it that far she could face doubles partner Larsson in the semifinals!
No.6 seed Patricia Maria Tig faces former French Open champion Francesca Schiavone, in a battle of the clay court specialists. Going for Schiavone to go through this one, hopefully she can get some wins in her last year on the tour! The winner of the match should likely face defending champion Irina Falconi.
Quarter-Finalists: Bertens, Falconi
The highest ranked player in this quarter is No.3 seed Johanna Larsson. I think that Larsson would make it to the semifinals – she has a light draw, facing qualifier Ferro in the first round then another qualifier or Cepede Royg in the round of 16.
The next seed in the quarter is Ekaterina Alexandrova, who won a couple of ITFs in the recent weeks. However I think she would get stumbled by former World No.5 Sara Errani. Clay isn’t the Russian’s favourite surface, plus Errani is a former French Open finalist. The winner of the Errani-Alexandrova match will face beatable opponents in the form of Sachia Vickery and Mayo.
Quarter-Finalists: Larsson, Errani
Third quarter: Headlined by (4) Lara Arruabarrena
Another weak quarter. Doesn’t seem like the unseeded players could do any damage here! Between Maria Sakkari and Arruabarrena, I’ll go for the Spaniard to make the semifinals since she loves clay.
Fourth quarter: Headlined by (2) Katerina Siniakova
Is going for Grace Min to make the quarterfinals an extremely wild choice? I think it is but I’m still going for it haha. The American qualified for Charleston last week, and Magda Linette, the seed in her section, is pretty prone to surprising losses and she prefers the faster surfaces. Meanwhile, Katerina Siniakova has not been doing much damage on the singles court after her title in Shenzhen. She would face a qualifier before Denise Allertova or Sara Sorribes Tormo in the second round.
Finalists: Larsson, Siniakova
Full Draw Predictions
Correct predictions are in green while incorrect predictions are in red