2019 Brisbane International Predictions
Day 7 – Brisbane Predictions
Ka.Pliskova d. Tsurenko in two sets – Pliskova leads the head to head 3-2, with their last meeting going the way of the Czech back in 2017 in Madrid. Tsurenko has beaten a load of competent players to come to this stage but a good-serving and solid Pliskova is not an easy one to deal with. So long Pliskova’s serve is firing and she’s producing a solid base level, I think she will win this one as she obviously has the experience on the big stages.
Day 6 – Brisbane Predictions
Osaka d. Tsurenko in two sets – Osaka leads the head to head 2-0 and has started the year very strongly. I don’t see Tsurenko having any weapons to defend against the Japanese player if she’s on fire.
Ka.Pliskova d. Vekic in three sets – Not an easy one to predict at all! Vekic has been firing on all cylinders in Brisbane while Pliskova’s wins have not been easy at all, needin three sets to beat two of her three opponents. Vekic’s gunning for her biggest ever final so I expect some nerves. I think Pliskova’s serve and experience should help her through the crucial moments and secure a really tight victory over the Croatian.
Day 5 – Brisbane Predictions
Vekic d. Sasnovich in three sets – Preview
Ka.Pliskova d. Tomljanovic in three sets – Preview
Day 4 – Brisbane Predictions
Osaka d. Sevastova in three sets – Sevastova leads the head to head 2-1, with both of the Latvian’s wins coming in 2018, in Doha and Beijing. Sevastova has been stellar in her two matches so far but you never know when she can throw in a shocker or two. Osaka was great in her first match of the year against Aiava and while the tricky Latvian is a totally different player, I think she will be the steadier and focused player and come up tops in this one.
Kontaveit d. Tsurenko in two sets – Tough to gauge Tsurenko’s level as I haven’t been able to watch any of her matches, but what I do know is that Kontaveit is having a fantastic start to the year and has been firing on all cylinders against two great players in Suarez Navarro and Kvitova. If Kontaveit’s able to get her power game going she definitely is capable of hitting through Tsurenko.
Day 3 – Brisbane Predictions
Kontaveit d. Kvitova in three sets – Both had such different first openers – Kontaveit powered past Suarez Navarro in straight sets while Kvitova laboured for a three-set win against Danielle Collins. Kvitova will need to put in a much improved display against a more than competent opponent in Kontaveit and while she definitely can produce better tennis, I doubt she will be able to do so after an exhausting encounter. If Kontaveit can produce the same tennis that she did against CSN and hold her nerve in the important moments, I think she will secure the upset.
Svitolina d. Sasnovich in two sets – A repeat of last year’s Brisbane final where Svitolina won 6-2 6-1. Both players have similar games but Svitolina’s just a little stronger in every aspect. She’s usually a fast starter in tournaments and I think she’ll be able to power past the Belarusian.
Sevastova d. Dart in two sets – Dart has some impressive groundstrokes, but Sevastova’s tricky play should be too difficult to handle. Sevastova was impressive against Gavrilova even with her mid-match wobble.
Bertens d. Vekic in three sets – Both players started strongly on Monday – Bertens scored a solid three-set win over Mertens, while Vekic beat Rybarikova with the loss of just three games. I think this will be a closely fought encounter with two powerful and smart players, but Bertens’ stronger mental game should see her into the quarterfinals.
Konta d. Tomljanovic in two sets – Konta and Tomljanovic both beat higher ranked opposition yesterday, defeating Stephens and Siniakova respectively. Konta is the slightly more safer pick to be able to back up her win.
Pliskova d. Bouzkova in two sets – Pliskova laboured in her three set win over Putintseva, but should be able to improve in this second round after shaking off the rust. Bouzkova is obviously still inexperienced at the big stage and will likely find it tough to handle Pliskova’s hard-hitting.
Day 2 – Brisbane Predictions
Stephens d. Konta in three sets – Stephens is usually a slow starter in tournaments and Konta wasn’t able to back up her stunning 2018, which makes this one a difficult one to predict. Both are working with new coaches so it’ll be interesting to see how they begin their new seasons. Backing Stephens who has the more compact strokes and who is speedier around the court to win.
Osaka d. Aiava in two sets – Aiava scored a solid win over Mladenovic and is once again doing well in Australia. She can hit the ball (perhaps even harder than Osaka at times) but will unlikely be able to match Osaka’s tennis IQ and experience at the big stages. Won’t be surprised if Aiava pushes Osaka quite a bit in this one as it’s Osaka’s first match but ultimately the Japanese should prevail.
Sevastova d. Gavrilova in three sets – Sevastova is at a career-high ranking of No.11 and was playing her best tennis at the end of 2018, compared to Gavrilova who wasn’t able to bring her highest level at all and needed to scrap through majority of her matches. Gavrilova mentioned that she’s working on the serve, which will probably take some time to adjust to. Even though the Australian loves playing in front of a home crowd, I’m going for the tricky and smart Latvian to come through in three gruelling sets.
Kvitova d. Collins in three sets – This won’t be easy at all as Collins is a competent opponent who can hit the ball hard, and doesn’t provide too much rhythm with her erratic gameplay. Still backing Kvitova to grit this out though as Collins still is inexperienced and at times, unsure on what to do when nearing the finishing line.
Tsurenko d. Birrell in two sets – Birrell won’t have time to recover from her first top ten win over Kasatkina as she takes on a different opponent in Tsurenko, who scored a straight set win over Buzarnescu. I don’t see Birrell being able to bring out her best tennis immediately a day after such a huge victory in front of her home crowd.
Siniakova d. Tomljanovic in three sets – The hipster match of the day after the pair played a crazy match at the US Open where both Siniakova and Tomljanovic lost all types of leads, which eventually led to a third set epic, where the Czech came through. No idea what to expect from this one as both players are big hitters who are so erratic on their off days. Perhaps going for heart over mind as my pick is a personal favourite in Siniakova.
Potapova d. Sasnovich in two sets – Sasnovich has history in Brisbane, making the final here last year which also means that she has a ton of points to defend this week. She tends to be vulnerable against big-hitters, which is what Potapova is – a young and fearless Russian who is never afraid of hitting winners. She also has a few matches under her belt coming from qualifying, so I think she has the potential to score an upset.
Day 1 – Brisbane Predictions
Ka.Pliskova d. Putintseva in two sets – usually starts off pretty quickly in tournaments, and in a new season too. The Brisbane courts should suit the Czech’s game as well. Don’t see Putintseva having the consistency to disturb Pliskova on a constant basis.
Mertens d. Bertens in three sets – Preview
Bouzkova d. Stosur in three sets – Stosur is truly terrible playing in front of a home crowd and has never done well in Brisbane. While she will need to shake off her rust in her first match of the new season, Bouzkova has already played two matches in qualifying, and should have already been adjusted to the conditions. Taking Bouzkova for the upset even if she may feel some nerves trying to close out the match.
Kasatkina d. Birrell in three sets – Seen some of Birrell’s game during AO playoff and she does have a solid game that can cause Kasatkina problems if she’s feeling rust from the off season. Ultimately though, Kasatkina’s experience at the bigger stages should prevail.
Dart d. Hon in two sets – Do like Dart’s chances in this opener as she does have a hard-hitting game that can overpower Hon.
Suarez Navarro d. Kontaveit in three sets – A re-match of last year’s edition of the Australian Open fourth round where Suarez Navarro won 8-6 in the deciding set. This should be another intriguing but messy affair between two contrasting styles. Fancy Suarez Navarro to utilise her fighting spirit, defensive skills and experience to grit out the win.
Buzarnescu d. Tsurenko in three sets – Potentially a messy affair considering their 2018 seasons. Buzarnescu wasn’t able to regain the form she had in the first half of the year after the freak accident in Montreal, while Tsurenko always seems to be injured all year, though she can produce some quality performances from time to time. No idea what to expect from this one; perhaps Buzarnescu slightly more powerful and compact game will come up trumps.
Aiava d. Mladenovic in three sets – Aiava started the year so brightly with good performances in Brisbane and the AO, but underperformed for the rest of the year with pretty listless displays. She seems to be getting in this Australian spirit again though having qualified for the main draw. Mladenovic had a pretty terrible 2018 and in the ITF event in Dubai during the off season, crashed out in the second round due to injury. Mladenovic’s game is so tricky when on song, but can barely get her entire game together in recent months. If Aiava can maintain her focus and intensity during the entire match, an upset could be brewing in this one.
Vekic d. Rybarikova in three sets – Power players up against defensive players are usually fun match-ups and this one should be no different. Vekic was one of the most improved players in 2018, while Rybarikova pretty much back-trekked having failed to defend her Wimbledon semifinal points. Because of that, my prediction is for Vekic to come through.