Day 7 – Charleston Predictions (I won’t be able to get the final predictions in time because both semis and finals will be played on the same day!)
Bertens d. Keys in two sets – Preview
Goerges d. Sevastova in three sets (the more I’m thinking, the more I’m going for Sevastova, but IDK) – Preview
Day 5 – Charleston Predictions
Kasatkina d. Goerges in three sets – Preview
Keys d. Pera in three sets – I wouldn’t be surprised to see an upset – Pera is in the form of her life, while Keys has largely been scrapping past her matches with some erratic play at times. I’ll still go for the more experienced Keys.
Sevastova d. Kr.Pliskova in two sets – I believe Sevastova will be consistent enough to break down Kr.Pliskova’s movement on this surface.
Bertens d. Cornet in three sets – Preview
Day 4 – Charleston Predictions
Osaka d. Goerges in three sets – Preview
Kasatkina d. Begu in two sets – Kasatkina leads the head to head 5-1 and has won their last four encounters. Based on form, Kasatkina takes this.
Giorgi d. Keys in three sets – This match-up on clay just makes me laugh! The last time these two played, Giorgi won at Wimbledon, 6-4 6-7(10) 6-1. Keys wasn’t convincing at all against Arruabarrena while Giorgi continues to impress in 2018.
Bertens d. Stollar in two sets – Won’t be a walk in the park for Bertens but I expect her clay court prowess to come through against the hard-hitting Stollar.
Garcia d. Cornet in two sets – Preview
Sevastova d. Barty in three sets – Preview
Errani d. Pera in two sets – Definitely Errani for this one; I’m just contemplating two or three sets. Pera has been playing great tennis of late. I’ll go for straights.
Vesnina d. Kr.Pliskova in three sets – A toss up, I’ll go with Vesnina’s variety for this one.
Day 3 – Charleston Predictions
Goerges d. Ahn in two sets – I’ll say a tight two setter, with Goerges’ experience being the key factor in the important moments.
Sevastova d. Dolehide in three sets – Preview
Kvitova d. Kr.Pliskova in two sets – Expecting Kvitova to be able to expose Kr.Pliskova’s movement, especially on this surface.
Konta d. Stollar in two sets – Could be an interesting one; I remember Stollar getting her biggest win of her career last year against Vesnina here so she has history in Charleston. Still going for the more experienced Konta though.
Keys d. Arruabarrena in three sets – Arrubarrena beat Keys in their previous encounter last year, 7-5 7-5. Arruabarrena is a good player on this surface so I would not be the least surprised to see an upset, but I’ll still go with the seeded player. Arruabarrena’s game can be shaky in the important moments.
Cornet d. Hercog in two sets – Cornet leads the head to head 3-1; I’ll go for her on this surface to come through in straights.
Osaka d. Siegemund in three sets – Preview
Vesnina d. Townsend in two sets – Could be a patchy match; instinct is that Vesnina wins the battle at the net.
Errani d. Buzarnescu in two sets – Errani has an awesome CV on clay while this is going to be Buzarnescu’s first match of the year on this surface. Errani was the epitome of consistency against Bouchard and I expect her to be the same in this one too.
Gavrilova d. Giorgi in three sets – Gavrilova vs Giorgi has produced two three-set epics before and I expect this one to be no different. Find myself edging towards Gavrilova with this surface.
Bertens d. Krunic in two sets – This should be a fun match but I’m liking Bertens’ tennis a lot right now.
Barty d. Maria in two sets – The battle of the backhand slices – in all honesty though I expect Barty to be way too strong.
Pera d. Yastremska in two sets – There’s completely no data points for this one so I’ll go with the higher ranked Pera.
Begu d. Liu in two sets – Expect Begu’s clay court skills to be too much for Liu to handle.
Day 2 – Charleston Predictions
Barty d. Kenin in two sets – I haven’t seen Barty play on clay before and she hasn’t played many matches on this surface either. Kenin has had decent results on the ITF level on clay, and coupled with her defensive skills she should make life tough for Barty. Still I’m going for Barty’s experience and power to take this in two, tight sets.
Stosur d. Ahn in three sets – Looking at Ahn’s previous results on clay, she did reach two ITF 60K events on the dirt. Considering Stosur’s poor form, this could easily be a marathon three-setter, but I’m edging towards Stosur’s experience and love for playing in Charleston.
Errani d. Bouchard in two sets – Easily the match of the day for me; it’ll be interesting to see two former top 10 players who are outside of the world’s top 90 slug it out for victory. Bouchard has only won back-to-back matches once this year in a lowly event in Taipei, while Errani has been slowly gaining points the ITF & WTA 125k events. Her love for clay is evident and has always done so well during this stretch of the season. You can probably tell who I’m going for…
Garcia d. Lepchenko in two sets – Garcia has had a shaky year, yet I don’t see Lepchenko having the weapons to upset the top seed. Lepchenko already has one match on the clay in her belt though and still should make things tight for the Frenchwoman.
Kasatkina d. McHale in two sets – As the defending champ here I think Kasatkina will be really motivated to get some wins here. McHale lacks a weapon to upset the rhythm of a usually solid Kasatkina.
Townsend d. Watson in three sets – Both have high patchy games and are super inconsistent, but I’ll edge towards Townsend because of her home advantage.
Vesnina d. Brengle in three sets – I’m surprised Vesnina has been able to get past the defenses of Brengle in straights in their past two encounters. There’ll be nothing new from Brengle as usual; it all depends on whether Vesnina will be able to play her game amidst her bad form of late. After considering I’ll go for Vesnina’s variety and power.
Davis d. Maria in three sets – I’ll go for Davis on home soil. Maria can be a handful to deal with on clay, yet she has lost her last 11 matches on the WTA level excluding Fed Cup.
Siniakova d. Kr.Pliskova in two sets – Both have had very inconsistent years but I’ll go for Siniakova’s colourful game for the win.
Linette d. Liu in two sets – I think Linette will be more solid? Expecting a tight two setter though.
Begu d. Garcia Perez in two sets – I’ve never seen Garcia Perez’s game before, but I expect her to be a typical Spanish clay specialist. Begu’s experience with WTA level events should shine through.
Arruabarrena d. Haddad Maia in three sets – Arruabarrena on clay to win; this could be a fun match to watch with similar styles.
Day 1 – Charleston Predictions
Bondarenko d. Cornet in three sets – Bondarenko is on a three-match losing streak, but overall she has had a decent year with 12 wins so far. Cornet is far more suited to the clay, but hasn’t been able to win back-to-back matches since the ITF announced that she didn’t take her last few doping tests. I’m going for Bondarenko in three.
Petkovic d. Lepchenko in three sets – Both have been in dire form this season but I’m going for the former champion, Petkovic, having always done well at this tournament.
Osaka d. Brady in two sets – Clay is not exactly Osaka’s favourite surface but the quicker green clay could be to her liking. Brady could be an awkward opponent but I’m going for the in-form Osaka, in straights.
Krunic d. Mattek-Sands in three sets – I’ll go for Krunic considering Mattek-Sands just returned to the tour in Miami; this could be a fun match with their exciting gamestyles.
Diyas d. McHale in two sets – I was impressed with what I saw of Diyas in Indian Wells and Miami – if she’s recovered from her injury woes a week ago I think she could cruise past McHale, who has only won four matches this season.
Soler-Espinosa d. Giorgi in three sets – I haven’t seen Soler Espinosa’s name in a couple of years already in WTA draws so I’m surprised to see her at No.204 in the rankings! Giorgi is just returning from injury and clay is not her surface, especially against a defensively-minded player who will return a ton of balls back.
Larsson d. Dolehide in three sets – Everything points to a Dolehide win – she’s in great form, she almost beat the World No.1 in Indian Wells; I don’t know why I’ve gone for Larsson though! Perhaps it’s just an instinct…
Pera d. Cepelova in two sets – Turns out Pera has a 28-5 win-loss record on clay in the last year – she’s won a couple of ITF titles on this surface and has produced some good results. Cepelova has won only one main draw win this season.
Bertens d. Cepede Royg in three sets – Bertens is one of my candidates to have a stunning clay court swing this season. On her first match here I think she could face some problems against a scrappy player in Cepede Royg, but I still think she’ll pull through with her power play. I was very impressed with her play in Indian Wells and Miami.
Buzarnescu d. Lapko in three sets – Buzarnescu is another player with a successful record on clay but Lapko having played qualies should be more adpated to the conditions early on. I’ll go for Buzarnescu’s more solid play and a little more experience on the WTA level to be the key factor in this match.
Vikhlyantseva d. Siegemund in three sets – This is Siegemund’s first match since a freak injury in Nurnburg and I think her lack of match play will allow Vikhlyantseva to win the key points eventually.
Stollar d. di Lorenzo in two sets – I’ve never seen either player play before thus I’ll go with a name I’m more familiar with, Stollar.