2019 ASB Auckland Classic Predictions
Day 7 – Auckland Predictions
Goerges d. Andreescu in two sets – I’ve predicted against Andreescu in every match this week so let’s see how this prediction goes! She just keeps on winning and I’m surprised she hasn’t run out of steam. Perhaps it’ll come in this match where she’ll be playing in her first ever WTA final. In contrast, veteran Goerges is in her 15th career WTA final. You can see where I’m going with this.. experience and huge-hitting likely to come up tops here.
Day 6 – Auckland Predictions
Goerges d. Kuzmova in two sets – A great win over Bouchard will definitely do Goerges’ confidence a whole lot of good. While Kuzmova can hit the ball as hard as the German, she definitely cannot rival Goerges’ experience and mental toughness. The veteran should come through for her second straight Auckland final.
Hsieh d. Andreescu in two sets – Andreescu’s been a giant slayer in Auckland, beating Venus and Wozniacki back-to-back, but will face a completely different challenge in Hsieh. I think Andreescu will finally run out of steam as Hsieh’s slices and drop shots will prove too difficult to Andreescu.
Day 5 – Auckland Predictions
Anisimova d. Kuzmova in two sets – Both are young talents, but Anisimova’s the way more calmer, steadier and fiery player on court even though she’s slightly younger. Won’t be surprised if she nabs a second WTA final spot here.
V.Williams d. Andreescu in two sets – A shocker of a loss for Wozniacki after losing to Andreescu who was hitting brilliant shots yet endured injury issues during the match. I don’t see her recovering so soon even though Venus wasn’t at her best against Davis, and even if it’s tough for the American to play two matches in two days.
Day 4 – Auckland Predictions
Kenin d. Kuzmova in three sets – Kuzmova’s the more powerful player of the two, but Kenin’s the much steadier and consistent one. Kenin has continued her form from the Fed Cup final with a three-set upset over Petra Martic, so expecting her defensive skills and fighting ability to get her through this one.
Anisimova d. Strycova in three sets – Experience against youth in this one, and it won’t be surprising if youth triumphs here. Anisimova is 17-7 in WTA matches from 2018 onwards, compared to Strycova who has struggled for form on the singles tour. Anisimova definitely has the weapons to outhit Strycova and I think she’ll be able to hold her nerve for the win.
V.Williams d. Davis in two sets – Davis’ performances on the tour have been dire since last year’s Australian Open and it’s unlikely she’ll be able to do that against the experienced Venus. Williams was playing at a decent level in her first rounder and something like that against Davis should definitely see her into the quarterfinals.
Wozniacki d. Andreescu in two sets – Wozniacki was great in her first match of the year; she should win this one comfortably.
Day 3 – Auckland Predictions
Sorribes Tormo d. Flipkens in three sets – Flipkens cruised past Vickery in the first round but Sorribes Tormo is a different player who will grind and chase down many balls. I think Sorribes Tormo’s relentless defence and topspin will frustrate Flipkens a lot.
Wozniacki d. Siegemund in two sets – Interesting to see how Wozniacki gets on in her first match of the year. Providing her rheumatoid arthritis doesn’t affect her, she’ll likely cruise past Siegemund as the latter does not have the weapons to outhit her.
Hsieh d. Puig in two sets – Puig leads the head to head 2-0 but this sounds like a horror match-up for her if she’s having an off day. This one will most likely come down to Puig’s racket and I don’t think she’ll be able to maintain her intensity throughout the entire match against the tricky Hsieh.
Bouchard d. Schoofs in two sets – Never seen Schoofs play before; Bouchard seemed to play well against Brengle and should cruise through this one in truth.
Goerges d. Barthel in two sets – An all German match-up! Both have very similar games but Goerges is just a little better in every department, especially the mental part of her game.
Day 2 – Auckland Predictions
Strycova d. Townsend in two sets – Townsend can put up a good fight on her day but on off days, her tactics are muddled and her game is still a work in progress. Strycova’s experience and more solid play should see her through to the second round.
Goerges d. Larsson in two sets – Larsson doesn’t have the weapons to provide Goerges too much trouble unless the German experiences an off day.
V.Williams d. Azarenka in three sets – Preview
Kenin d. Martic in three sets – Won’t be surprised to see an upset in this one as Kenin‘s definitely been improving – was impressed by her play at the Fed Cup final. Martic’s topspin groundstrokes won’t cause too many issues for the American providing she’s able to take risks at the right time and be able to be way too consistent for the Croatian.
Hsieh d. Hercog in two sets – A focussed and tactically smart Hsieh should see her through this one pretty quickly.
Anisimova d. Cepelova in three sets – So impressed with Anisimova throughout 2018 at WTA main draw level and her game will be way too powerful for Cepelova if she’s able to produce her best tennis. Could be a struggle as this is the American’s first match of the year but ultimately, I think she will win this one.
Babos d. Andreescu in three sets
Flipkens d. Vickery in two sets
Van Uytvanck d. Schoofs in two sets
Soler-Espinosa d. Barthel in three sets
Day 1 – Auckland Predictions
Puig d. Mattek-Sands in three sets – This match-up would be a lovely one if both players are on song – Puig’s hard-hitting up against Mattek-Sands’ touch and guile at the net. Unfortunately, both players weren’t been able to find form in 2018, especially Mattek-Sands after her return from the freak injury back in 2017’s Wimbledon. Tough one to predict but edging towards Puig.
Brengle d. Bouchard in three sets – These players’ gamestyles couldn’t be more different with the always defensive Brengle against the all-out aggressive Bouchard. The conditions in Auckland usually are windy so that favours Brengle who takes less risks on her shots. Furthermore, I don’t think Bouchard can maintain her intensity throughout an entire match up against a player who chases down a lot of balls, so the American is my prediction to win.
Davis d. Arruabarrena in three sets – A complete toss-up between the two shorter players of the tour. Both have pretty inconsistent games and thus there are barely any data points for this one. Going with the former Auckland champion.
Sorribes Tormo d. Voegele in three sets – Sorribes Tormo’s topspin and grinding could drive Voegele crazy.
Kuzmova d. Zidansek in two sets – Kuzmova hasn’t been performing well, but I think she’ll be too strong for the clay-court specialist.