Aegon Classic Birmingham 2017 Predictions
Kvitova d. Barty in two – Kvitova won their previous encounter before, her level has been fantastic in Birmingham with the serve and forehand firing. Barty has also performed well this week but will find it tough to hit through Kvitova.
Kvitova d. Safarova in three – The match-up has become more mental for Safarova, Kvitova leads the HTH 9-0 with Kvitova winning their previous three encounters on grass. Safarova has been indulged into many three-setters these two weeks, I suppose she will be a little fatigued.
Muguruza d. Barty in three – This is Barty’s first Premier SF (correct me if I’m wrong!), Muguruza’s experience should help her into the final.
Safarova d. Gavrilova in two – Safarova leads the HTH 3-2, and has already gotten a ton of matches on grass. Her serve has been dominant this grass swing and should be a factor against Gavrilova.
Mladenovic d. Kvitova in three – This is Kvitova’s biggest test since her comeback, Mladenovic has been solid in her last two matches. This match is a good litmus test to test Kvitova’s level.
Vandeweghe d. Muguruza in three – Vandeweghe’s serve was just booming against Konta but Muguruza also had a solid win over Riske. If Vandeweghe can get the first serve percentage high, she should win this. Giorgi d. Barty in three – Giorgi has been impressive this week, she can turn erratic anytime so I’m not that sure she can win this!
Siniakova d. Gavrilova in three – I did not get to watch their matches yesterday; both players are decent on grass but Siniakova’s the stronger player. Her nerves affected her game once again yesterday so I’m not surprised if it goes to three sets.
Safarova d. Osaka in three – Both players barely got into the second round after two three-set epics, Safarova has been playing many long matches on the grass so far but I think she should be able to handle Osaka’s power. The Czech has been getting involved in three-set matches so this could go the distance too!
Mladenovic d. Zhang in two – Don’t think Zhang will be able to find her rhythm against Mladenovic.
Kvitova d. Broady in three – This is Kvitova’s first match against a hard-hitting player since her comeback so I’m not sure if her hand will hold up that well. But if it’s OK, she should be OK too.
Riske d. Muguruza in three – Muguruza barely got past Kulichkova and now she faces grass court stalwart Riske! I could see this being a tough tussle, Muguruza can be wild so I’ll go with the upset.
Vandeweghe d. Konta in three – Vandeweghe needs to get more first serves in and if she does so, I think she can beat Konta who wasn’t so steady in her first round win.
Strycova d. Barty in three – Strycova’s my pick to claim the Birmingham trophy but Barty has a game suited to grass and could disturb’s the Czech’s momentum.
Svitolina d. Giorgi in three – Tough for Svitolina if the Italian is at her best but Giorgi can be erratic at times!
Round 1 (13/16)
Safarova d. Cibulkova in three – Bad draw for Cibulkova after the draw reshuffle, she is low on confidence at the moment but at least got some wins in doubles which should boost her level a little. Safarova is coming off a semifinal run in Nottingham and is pretty good on this surface; this match should be a blast. Cibulkova leads the HTH 5-3 but Safarova won their previous encounter and is coming into this match with more singles matches on grass. Giving the edge to the Czech.
Osaka d. Davis in three – After a bright start to the year for both players, both have toned down a little – Davis did little damage during the clay court swing while Osaka is on a four-match losing streak. Osaka’s last demolition loss to Kristie Ahn in Nottingham was a little worrying – however I feel the Japanese player suits the grass but she’ll need a little time to get suited to it.
Siniakova d. Hibino in two – Siniakova reached the quarterfinals of Birmingham two years ago and is decent on the green stuff.
Gavrilova d. Hsieh in three – Interesting match, both have tons of variety and Hsieh is coming into this match with a couple of wins on grass already. Felt like going with Hsieh at first but sticked to the seeded Australian.
Mladenovic d. Duan in two – Duan hasn’t played too many matches on grass but I feel it’s a good surface for her. Mladenovic is however on a great run of form and she excels on grass.
Zhang d. Linette in three – Linette won a match last week in Nottingham and should be adapted to the British conditions; toss-up for me.
Cornet d. Broady in three – Broady reached the semifinals of the ITF grass event in Manchester but has done badly all year on the WTA circuit. Cornet is decent on this surface and should be able to edge out the win.
Kvitova d. Smitkova in two – Feeling Kvitova should win this but this is just her third match since her comeback, don’t know what to expect!
Muguruza d. Kulichkova in two – Kulichkova should have been adapted to the grass after three qualifying matches, but against a World No.154, Muguruza should win this comfortably, shouldn’t she?
Riske d. Vekic in three – Vekic is coming off her second WTA title in Nottingham but may be a little tired from her exploits. Riske and grass are a perfect combination and she’s fresh so I’ll expect the American to win this although it could be a tight tussle.
Vandeweghe d. McHale in two – Vandeweghe on grass with the booming serve should be a little too much for McHale.
Konta d. Tsurenko in three – Konta had a decent week in Nottingham but her level dropped down a little against Vekic; Tsurenko also had a decent outing at ‘s-Hertogenbosch so I think it should go the distance.
Strycova d. Putintseva in two – Strycova has reached the final of Birmingham twice and does well on the grass; on the continuum Putintseva’s worst surface is grass.
Vondrousova d. Barty in three – Very interesting match, both have great games that suit grass and both players had already some matches on the green stuff. Vondrousova hit 12 aces in her qualifying win over Smitkova and if she serves like this Barty may have trouble finding her rhythm.
Vikhlyantseva d. Giorgi in three – Giorgi did well to make it to the main draw; could see the Italian overpowering Vikhlyantseva but the Russian made it to the final of ‘s-Hertogenbosch and should be coming in with confidence.
Svitolina d. Watson in three – Svitolina has a dire record on grass (4-10) but she has been a new player since last year’s grass season, upping the aggression and that will definitely help on grass. Watson reached the final of an ITF grass event in Surbiton and has beaten Svitolina on this surface before, but Svitolina is much more experienced now and should get the win.
Full Draw Predictions