Six out of eight seeds have made it to the quarterfinals at the Volvo Car Open in Charleston and it’s a good slate of quarters with the usual clay court suspects, power-hitters and interesting names still in the mix to capture the trophy here. Read on for previews for Cornet vs Bertens and Goerges vs Kasatkina…
1.  Alize Cornet (No.37) vs  Kiki Bertens (No.27)
Cornet scored the biggest upset on day 4 action in Charleston as she upset No.1 seed Caroline Garcia, 5-7 6-1 6-4. Garcia actually led by 4-0 in the first set before Cornet started to mount a comeback with some delicious passing shot winners. Garcia was highly successful in coming to the net to finish off points but that completely changed in the second set where she started her erratic play and was hitting balls wide and long. Cornet’s confidence grew as she started to play her best tennis of the year so far. She kicked off the third set with a break of serve; however the top seed broke the streak of losing games with an emphatic hold and then immediately broke for 2-2. Watching the highlights, I was pretty sure Garcia was going to make a comeback, but she got broken in her next service game again. Cornet did extremely well to not get broken from then on. Alize’s defense was just peakk and she did so well to attack when she had the opportunity to!
I’d mentioned Bertens name so many times in my main draw preview but I’m still surprised she would make this far considering my predictions always somewhat flopped! Charleston is the first time that she’s won three matches in a row since Gstaad. When she’s winning matches, you know the clay court swing is here! Bertens hasn’t played a top 49 (because Krunic is No.50, haha!) player, beating Cepede Royg, Krunic and Stollar enroute to this stage. Bertens also hasn’t dropped a set so far this week.
Thoughts: Before their previous two matches I would definitely say Bertens wins this hands down, however Alize did a really good job in her previous match. Sadly it’s not often that’s she’s able to play two wonderful matches back-to-back! Cornet leads the head to head 3-1, but I’ll still stick to my draw sheet and go with Bertens. It’s not an easy prospect to overpower and hit through Bertens on her favourite surface. This match will be my first live match of the week so I’m going all out to cheer for Alize!
Final Prediction: Kiki Bertens d. Alize Cornet in three sets
2.  Julia Goerges (No.13) vs  Daria Kasatkina (No.12)
Goerges went through an almighty struggle to beat her second round opponent, Ahn in three sets so I was pretty surprised to see her come through against Osaka, 7-6(4) 6-3. Osaka even served for the first set at 5-3 so it was definitely another confidence-boosting win for the German. So long Goerges is on form, she can hit through any time of surface no matter how slow it is like clay. She seems like she’s already gaining momentum after a tough March…
Kasatkina’s fine year continues on with her title defense here pretty smooth so far, having beaten Christina McHale in three sets, before dismantling clay courter Irina-Camelia Begu in a 6-2 6-1 scoreline. Kasatkina was way more aggressive than she was against McHale and she managed to break the Begu serve six times in the match. Kasatkina now leads the head to head 6-1 against Begu. I think she’s going to have a very good clay court season this year…
Thoughts: Kasatkina will have to overturn a losing record against Goerges to make the semifinals as the latter leads the head to head, 3-2 with Goerges winning their last four sets 7-5 6-1 6-1 and 6-2. Previously Goerges dismantled Kasatkina with her powerful groundstrokes, but on clay it’s going to be tougher for the German to hit through Kasatkina. I think Kasatkina’s in a really good place mentally right now and she’ll be able to get the win in three sets.
Final Prediction: Daria Kasatkina d. Julia Goerges in three sets
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