Day 8 – Auckland Predictions
Goerges d. Wozniacki in three sets – Just an instinct in me there’ll be an upset…
Day 7 – Auckland Predictions
Goerges d. Hsieh in two sets – I would expect Hsieh to give some problems to Goerges, but she’ playing two matches in a day after a three set match. Furthermore, Goerges is the in-form player and can hit through anyone.
Day 6 – Auckland Predictions
Strycova d. Hsieh in two sets – Strycova leads the head to head 3-2, but has won their last three meetings. Both play the similar type of game, but Strycova has the more firepower and is more mentally resilient. After playing 3 sets in her last two matches, I believe Strycova will win this one in two… probably?
Goerges d. Hercog in two sets – Goerges leads the head 4-2, but I don’t think it doesn’t really matter here. Goerges is on fire at the moment and is the more consistent with the more power too.
Radwanska d. Vickery in two sets – Third time in a row Aga faces a first-time match-up. Don’t think Vickery has the consistency and belief to win this one.
Wozniacki d. Kenin in two sets – Great match-up for Wozniacki, expecting a comfortable win.
Day 3 – Auckland Predictions (much better predictions! :D)
Strycova d. Larsson in two sets – Strycova played a 3 hour epic against Errani and whilst she may feel fatigued, she should have fully shook off her rust after the match. Larsson lacks clarity in the important moments thus Strycova should comfortably win this one.
Wozniacki d. Martic in two sets – Martic can cause some problems, but Wozniacki should be too solid on this occassion.
Flipkens d. Hercog in two sets – I must admit I haven’t watched much of Hercog before, thus I will go with Flipkens. Flipkens leads the head to head 2-1.
Goerges d. Kuzmova in two sets – Nice first win over Puig for Goerges; should have had adjusted to the conditions and should notch a comfortable victory here.
Radwanska d. Townsend in two sets – Townsend has some weapons such as her huge forehand, but she isn’t consistent enough. I think she will fade away after a bright start, with Radwanska exposing Townsend’s movement around the court.
Hsieh d. Bonaventure in two sets – Completely clueless, but Hsieh with her variety?
Kenin d. Lepchenko in two sets – Didn’t see their first matches but when I first saw this match-up, I think that Kenin will win with her superior defense.
Cepede Royg d. Vickery in three sets – Cepede Royg. She leads the head to head 1-0, and is the more experienced on the WTA level.
Day 2 – Auckland Predictions (sorry ignore this piece of rubbish thanks)
Davis d. Vickery in two sets – Davis ended her 2017 on a low point, but she leads the head to head 3-0 and is the wayyy more experienced on the WTA circuit.
Errani d. Strycova in three sets – Errani leads the head to head 7-3, with the latter historically struggling in this match-up, unable to due with Errani’s lack of pace. I’ll go for the upset because of Strycova’s coach reshuffle (no idea who is her new coach) and Errani has already played some tennis in the ITF Dubai event.
Radwanska d. Haddad Maiain two sets – Interesting first-time match-up and I wouldn’t be surprised if Haddad Maia captured a set. I think Radwanska will be energised from the pre-season and I think she would be able to expose Haddad Maia’s movement, moving her from side to side.
Wozniacki d. Brengle in two sets – Super ideal match-up for Wozniacki to start the season; she leads the head to head 2-0 against Brengle.
Kuzmova d. Lewis in two sets – Wouldn’t surprise me if Lewis gets a set with the crowd on her side but Kuzmova for the win.
Barthel d. Lepchenko in two sets – Lepchenko leads the head to head 3-2 but Barthel won their recent match in 2017. I think Barthel does everything a little better just a little than Lepchenko.
Putintseva d. Bonaventure in two sets – Good match-up for Putintseva to start 2018 brightly.
Fett d. Kenin in two – Offense vs defense in this one; I think Fett will win this one. She has the easy power to hit through Kenin easily, and has already played three matches in the testing Auckland conditions.
Nara d. Larsson in three – Tough pick, gone with Nara in the end; she leads the head to head 1-0.
McHale d. Townsend in three sets – Townsend has some solid weapons, but I think McHale’s experience will come through in this one. McHale won their only encounter in Acapulco in 2017.
Van Uytvanck d. Hercog in two sets – No data points in this match really, instinct with Van Uytvanck.
Arruabarrena d. Cepede Royg in two sets– I think Arruabarrena’s base level should be too much for Cepede Royg whose game can go havoc occasionally.
Day 1 – Auckland Predictions
Vondrousova d. Martic in two sets – Sounds like a fun one, I say Vondrousova in this one as she is capable of producing a more solid level than Martic and the latter can blow cold often. Note though is that Vondrousova is playing her first match since Tashkent (September).
Flipkens d. Vekic in three sets– Many hard-hitters have fallen victim to Flipkens’ tricky game and if Vekic doesn’t come out with a solid plan, she will get unstuck in the Belgian’s web of trickery. Intrigued to see if new coach Torben Beltz (Kerber’s ex-coach) will make some improvements to her game, but I can’t go against a head to head such in favour of Flipkens (4-0).
Puig d. Goerges in three sets – Feeling daring and going for the upset in this one! In fact, I have Puig making the final in Auckland (which is probably going to flop.) Puig leads the head to head 4-0, with their last meeting in 2016, but Goerges has been a different player in 2017, producing consistent results week to week and overpowering opponents with her raw power. I have an instinct Puig will produce her peak level this week though.
Hsieh d. Hibino in two sets– Hibino had a really rough 2017 season and if her confidence’s not very high after her pre-season, Hsieh’s unorthodox game could prove to be tough for Hibino to solve.
Full Draw Predictions