Nature Valley Classic Birmingham Predictions
Day 7 – Birmingham Predictions
Kvitova d. Rybarikova in two sets – Kvitova leads the head to head 5-1 – as usual, this match will mostly depend on Petra. If she manages to produce her level that she has had all week, she will win this relatively comfortably, but if the level drops then Rybarikova’s slicing and dicing could cause some issues. Kvitova though has been perfect this week and I don’t see her facing a dip in form for the final.
Day 6 – Birmingham Predictions
Please take these with a pinch of salt as I didn’t watch much of the tennis yesterday!
Strycova d. Rybarikova in three sets
Kvitova d. Buzarnescu in two sets
Day 5 – Birmingham Predictions
Rybarikova d. Jakupovic in two sets – This is their first meeting on tour and thus I think Jakupovic will need a lot of time to be adjusted to Rybarikova’s funky game. Rybarikova is so good to watch on the grass and her experience on the big courts should see her through.
Strycova d. Tsurenko in two sets – I’m surprised the two veterans have only met on tour once, and this will be their first meeting on grass as well. Strycova’s a two-time finalist in Birmingham and seems to love playing here so much.
Kvitova d. Goerges in two sets – Kvitova leads the head to head 5-1 – both have extremely similar powerful games, so it is very difficult to guess who comes through in their matches. Edging towards grass-lover Kvitova…
Svitolina d. Buzarnescu in three sets – Their last meeting was just a few weeks ago in the French Open where Buzarnescu stunned Svitolina 6-3 7-5 in the third round. It’s going to be different on grass though as it’s Buzarnescu’s first year playing in the WTA grass court events, while Svitolina is also not the most comfortable on the surface. Svitolina needs to be more aggressive and stay more consistent on the big points. I think she can do it…
Day 4 – Birmingham Predictions
Kvitova d. Gavrilova in three sets – Preview
Muguruza d. Strycova in two sets – I was super surprised Muguruza won her first rounder in simplistic fashion, but you really have no idea what to expect from Muguruza every day until she steps on the court. Their head to head is tied at 3 wins apiece, while their last meeting on grass was a 6-1 6-0 beatdown by Strycova. Then two weeks later, Muguruza won Wimbledon… I’m on the edge with this one but I’m guessing the winner will probably come through in straight sets.
Barty d. Goerges in two sets – Preview
Kasatkina d. Tsurenko in two sets – Kasatkina will just have to play her game, step it up when needed, and use the slice and variety to good effect. Tsurenko doesn’t have too many weapons to grass to contend with her.
Day 3 – Birmingham Predictions
Rybarikova d. Mladenovic in three sets – Preview
Osaka d. Jakupovic in two sets – Jakupovic is having a good grass court swing, having reached the quarterfinals of Nottingham and now beating No.7 seed Mertens in Birmingham after saving 2 MPs. I haven’t watched too much of Jakupovic, but I think she groundstrokes could be no match for Osaka if the Japanese player is firing on all cylinders.
Svitolina d. Cornet in three sets – Preview
Martic d. Buzarnescu in two sets – Martic is a competent player on grass and reached the fourth round of Wimbledon last year. Buzarnescu is still not too used to this surface though and I think it’ll be a comfortable win for the Croatian.
Day 2 – Birmingham Predictions
Svitolina d. Vekic in two sets – Would have given Vekic a huge chance at the upset, but I’m unsure about the back injury she got in Nottingham. Svitolina’s more solid play to come through.
Watson d. Tsurenko in three sets – Both players have been extremely inconsistent this season and you don’t know what to expect from them week in week out. Going for the home favourite.
Kvitova d. Konta in two sets – Konta showed signs of resurgence in Nottingham but I expect Kvitova’s grass court prowess to expose Konta’s weaknesses and get off to a great start.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Muguruza in three sets – Preview
Goerges d. Sakkari in two sets – Goerges on grass for the win.
Mertens d. Jakupovic in two sets – Great draw for Mertens to get more grass court matches under her belt.
Kasatkina d. Kr.Pliskova in three sets – Kr.Pliskova can be a tough nut on the grass but if Kasatkina is able to inject more variety and move Kr.Pliskova around, she should win.
Barty d. Dodin in three sets – Dodin’s super dangerous having come from qualifying but Barty should be soaring high in confidence at the moment. The Australian’s mental strength, slice and great net play should help her escape the upset.
Cornet d. Makarova in three sets – Cornet and grass don’t really match, but Makarova hasn’t won back-to-back matches the entire year and confidence is at a low time low. Expecting a dramatic three-set encounter.
Buzarnescu d. Babos in two sets
Martic d. Vandeweghe in three sets
Strycova d. Brady in three sets
Day 1 – Birmingham Predictions
Siniakova d. Mladenovic in three sets – Preview
Cibulkova d. Gavrilova in three sets – Preview
Osaka d. Boulter in two sets – Boulter acquitted herself well in Nottingham by reaching the quarterfinals but should be no match for Osaka’s power. Osaka is obviously not too comfortable on this surface but after some good matches in Nottingham, she should be settling decently on the grass.
Ka.Pliskova d. Rybarikova in two sets – Preview