Day 7 – Brisbane Predictions
Svitolina d. Sasnovich in two sets – Sorry, no time for a preview!
Day 6 – Brisbane Predictions
Sevastova d. Sasnovich in two sets – Think it’ll be a match too far for Sasnovich. Sevastova to win with her defense and variety.
Ka.Pliskova d. Svitolina in two sets – Preview
Day 5 – Brisbane Predictions
Cornet d. Sasnovich in two sets – Sasnovich was so close to retiring in the second set against Kanepi but she said she held on for a game, and eventually went on to win the match! Clearly Cornet is the favourite in this match, she’s the higher ranked one and possesses more variety. I would not be the least shocked if Sasnovich naps this though, the WTA is a crazy one…
Svitolina d. Konta in two sets – Svitolina has looked really good in her two matches whilst Konta looked a little shaky against Tomljanovic – she was so close to a loss but held on for the win in the end.
Pliskova d. Kanepi in two sets – I originally expected Kanepi to give Pliskova a tough challenge but she looked physically worn out against Tsurenko. Kanepi’s defense will have to be really good in this match and I’m not sure if she has the energy to do so…
Sevastova d. Krunic in three sets – A wild guess given I haven’t watched any of their matches this week. Krunic leads the head to head 3-2, but I’m leaning towards Sevastova as she is the more solid player.
Day 4 – Brisbane Predictions
Svitolina d. Konjuhin three sets – Preview
Pliskova d. Bellis in two sets – If no complications happen then Pliskova will win this one comfortably. She looked really good in the Hua Hin exhibition, and I expect big things to come for the Czech in 2018.
Kontaveit d. Sasnovich in two sets – Tough pick; if Kontaveit plays as well as she did against Watson then she will win, but it’s tough to gauge her level as she can be erratic from time to time.
Tsurenko d. Kanepi in three sets – Expecting a close match between Tsurenko’s counter-punching and Kanepi’s firepower. I think it will be a tight three setter with Tsurenko coming through in the important moments.
Day 3 – Brisbane Predictions
Muguruza d. Krunic in three sets – This will be Muguruza’s first match of the season. Krunic is a very tricky opponent who can definitely put tons of pressure on Muguruza and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her coming out of the blocks and pressuring Muguruza quickly. A three-set battle is possible, but I’ll expect Muguruza’s class to shine through in the end.
Konta d. Tomljanovicin two sets– Impressed with Konta’s first round win over Keys as not only she was able to live with Keys from the baseline, but was also able to hit through the hard groundstrokes of Keys and still stay accurate whilst playing aggressive. Very vastly improved from the Hua Hin exhibition. Tomljanovic is a similar player to Keys, but she is way less inexperienced and even if she gets into a good winning position I don’t think she’ll be able to close it out. Two tight sets in favour of Konta.
Lucic-Baroni d. Cornet in three sets – Cornet leads the head to head 2-1, but Lucic-Baroni won their recent match in 2016. Judging from their first round performances I would say Lucic-Baroni, but she can blow hot and cold often so the Lucic-Baroni pick is pretty much a wild guess.
Sevastova d. Cirstea in two sets – Cirstea leads the head to head 2-0, but I think Sevastova’s variety will trump her on this accession. Her scoreline against Stosur looked really good.
Day 2 – Brisbane Predictions
Svitolina d. Suarez Navarro in two sets – Svitolina has become a dab hand at beating fellow counterpunchers in 2017 with the likes of Halep, Wozniacki and Kerber all falling to the Ukranian. The head to head is tied at 2 wins apiece, but I don’t think Carla is at her highest level having endured a tough 2017 season. I think Svitolina will edge this in a tight two setter where she will excel in the big moments.
Keys d. Konta in three sets – Though both players ended their 2017 seasons earlier with injury, I am slightly edging towards Keys in this match. Konta played an exhibition a week ago in Hua Hin where her forehand and movement was not at her best following some foot problems. Plus Keys has the raw power to hit through Konta, if she manages to stay patient enough I think she can dig out the win.
Barty d. Tsurenko in two sets – Super intrigued about Barty’s start to 2018 (see my tournament preview) and I think she can continue her good form from last year. I don’t think Tsurenko can keep up with the power and occasional spin and slice from Barty as the Ukrainian is a little weaker in all areas than Barty.
Mladenovic d. Sasnovich in three sets – Sasnovich won their recent encounter and was part of Mladenovic’s 11-match losing streak from last year. I am actually pretty confident that Mladenovic will win this one, but I wouldn’t be surprised if she isn’t able to close out and give Sasnovich a set.
Kontaveit d. Watsonin three sets– Kontaveit is the higher ranked player here and I expect her to win but I think Watson will pick up a set having played qualies already.
Kasatkina d. Kanepi in twosets – I remember being so sure that Kasatkina would be able to beat Kanepi in their US Open 4R meeting but she was absolutely trumped on that occasion! Kanepi will definitely be fatigued though coming from qualifying and a smart player like Kasatkina should be able to get her way round this one with some decent tactics.
Cirstea d. Brady in twosets – Both players have power but Cirstea’s the more tactically aware player. If she manages to keep the errors low I expect her to win this quickly.
Bellis d. Bondarenko in two sets – Bondarenko is coming into this match after three straight days of qualifying matches so I expect her to be a little tired. Similar to Kasatkina-Kanepi, I think Bellis will win comfortably with her shrewd tactics if the Ukrainian is too exhausted and leaking too many errors.
Day 1 – Brisbane Predictions
Cornet d. Garcia in three sets – Garcia leads the head to head 3-0, having won comfortably won in straight sets on both occasions in 2017. However Garcia has never done well during the Australian swing, having won only 5 matches in total Down under in the previous 3 years, whilst Cornet has always done well in Australia, winning the title in Hobart in 2016 and reaching the final here last year. With Garcia’s elevated ranking and much more pressure on her shoulders, I am not surprised if this would end up in an upset.
Sevastova d. Stosur in three sets – Stosur has infamously never done well in Australia, especially in Brisbane where in eight attempts, she has never ever passed the second round! I think the spins and trickery from Sevastova will ultimately overwhelm the Australian.
Maria d. Lucic-Baroni in two sets – Lucic-Baroni had a dire end to the season where she only notched two wins out of nine, and had to end her season before Asia due to injuries. Maria will be a very tricky customer and if Lucic-Baroni’s erratic times continue, she will definitely scoop this up.
Krunic d. Witthoeft in two sets– Both players have similar games but Krunic’s the one with slightly more variety. Krunic had a superb 2017 season, amassing 60 wins, and I’m expecting her to continue the good form in this first match.
Aiava d. Tomljanovic in two sets– Not a clue, both players have so many similarities – fellow Aussies, wildcard entries, and both with aggressive and highly erratic gamestyles! Tomljanovic is the more experienced player, but she has been dealing with many injuries including one most recently a couple of weeks ago in an ITF Dubai event. I think Aiava is ready to make some waves on the WTA tour and will get her first main draw win.
Bertens d. Konjuh in two sets – Good to see Konjuh back, having underwent surgery during the off season and surprised to see her back so fast in the first week of the season. Don’t think Konjuh has a chance in this one so early in her comeback.
Full Draw Predictions