Cincinnati 2018 WTA – Daily Predictions

Western & Southern Open Cincinnati Predictions

Day 7 – Cincinnati Predictions

Halep d. Bertens in three sets – Not going to write a full preview having not watched the semifinals… I’m going to go for the World No.1.

Day 6 – Cincinnati Predictions

Sabalenka d. Halep in three setsPreview

Kvitova d. Bertens in three setsPreview

Day 5 – Cincinnati Predictions

Keys d. Sabalenka in three sets Preview

Kvitova d. Mertens in two setsPreview

Day 4 – Cincinnati Predictions

Kerber d. Keys in three sets Preview

Kvitova d. Mladenovic in two sets – Kvitova must be brimming with confidence after a great win over Serena and even though she can blow hot or cold constantly, I expect her to win this one pretty comfortably. She leads the head to head 5-1 against Mladenovic, and I’m surprised the Frenchwoman has made it that far after a tough few months.

Stephens d. Mertens in two sets Preview

Kontaveit d. Bertens in three sets – Very excited for this one! Both have a lot of firepower and have very exciting games so this could be a fun watch. Bertens has the more versatility and variety, but I wonder if she is able to deal with Kontaveit’s hitting if the Estonian suddenly gets on a roll. Slightly edging towards Kontaveit.

Tsurenko d. Makarova in three sets – Makarova leads the head to head 2-1, and has been on a roll in Cincinnati thus far. I’m still not convinced with her just yet as she is not that strong mentally and can be inconsistent at times. Tsurenko should be on a high after a top 10 win over Muguruza and should be a tad more solid in this one. This will likely depend on whether Makarova can continue her aggression and accuracy from her past two matches.

Sabalenka d. Garcia in three sets – Sabalenka is a winning machine and she has won her last 11 of 14 three-setters after she saved match point to defeat Ka.Pliskova. Both have very similar games but I’m slightly edging towards Sabalenka who’s been really brave against top 10 players thus far.

Day 3 – Cincinnati Predictions

Muguruza d. Tsurenko in two sets – This will be Muguruza’s first match since Wimbledon after withdrawing from San Jose and Montreal with injury. If fully fit, Tsurenko can be a force to reckon with as she can defend Muguruza’s hard groundstrokes, but I don’t see her being able to come through in the important moments during the encounter.

Halep d. Tomljanovic in two sets – Surprised that Halep is playing here even after the injury problems in Montreal. Even if she’s not 100%, don’t see Tomljanovic having the consistency to cause Halep troubles.

Stephens d. Maria in two sets – Don’t think this is a good match-up for Maria at all as she doesn’t have the power to outhit Stephens, and the latter should be able to deal with Maria’s slices.

Kerber d. Pavlyuchenkova in three sets – The head to head is tied at six wins apiece, with Kerber winning their last meeting 6-4 6-4 in Miami. Kerber threw in a really bad performance against Cornet in Montreal and I won’t be surprised if she has one of those slumps again after winning a Slam. However, I’m not sure if Pavlyuchenkova can capitalise on this opportunity as the Russian has been so up and down in all of her matches this season.

Wozniacki d. Bertens in three sets – Wozniacki has been so disappointing since winning her first Slam at the AO and after watching some of her recent matches, I feel she’s stuck in a muddle of when to attack and when to stay back and defend. Bertens meanwhile has been so impressive of late and is just brimming with confidence right now. The question though is if she can be able to hit through Wozniacki. The Dane is also seemingly dealing with injury issues so I’m really on the fence for this.

Martic d. Anisimova in three sets Anisimova continues to thrive playing on home soil but I wonder if she can continue her attacking ways against a player who can defend well and unsettle you with topspin and good power.

Pliskova d. Sabalenka in three sets – Pliskova’s new coaching relationship seems to be working well already after a good win against Radwanska (sobs). Sabalenka won their previous match-up in Eastbourne but that was on the grass where Pliskova is not at her best on. Slightly edging towards Pliskova after the first round win.

Keys d. Giorgi in three sets – These match-ups are always so difficult to predict as it will only depend on their performance on that day. Certainly an upset alert but I think Keys could just pull through with home support.

Mertens d. Peterson in two sets – Peterson is a good ball-striker but Mertens seems to be finding back her confidence after a lacklustre grass court swing.

Sakkari d. Kontaveit in three sets – Sakkari is on a roll right now after beating Osaka in the first round and she’ll face another similar player in Kontaveit. I think Sakkari’s topspin will unsettle Kontaveit as she usually doesn’t really have a different gameplan other than power against a counter-puncher.

Cornet d. Makarova in three sets – Don’t see Makarova having the consistency to outrally Cornet as the Frenchwoman is playing really well since Wimbledon, and is playing really well in both attack and defence.

Kanepi d. Barty in three sets – Kanepi hits the ball really well and I’m not sure if Barty’s fit after withdrawing from the doubles draw. 

Day 2 – Cincinnati Predictions

Radwanska d. Ka.Pliskova in three sets Preview

Kvitova d. S.Williams in three sets – Williams leads the head to head 5-1, but they have not met since 2015. Kvitova hasn’t been able to push on since her Birmingham title just like last year, with early exits in Wimbledon and Montreal. Kvitova also has never really done well in Cincinnati, holding a 6-7 win-loss record, with her best result a run to the semifinals back in 2012. With Kvitova though you never really know when she’s going to catch a hot streak. Serena’s win over Gavrilova sounded impressive, yet the Australian obviously doesn’t have the power to disrupt Serena’s rhythm and against Petra it’s obviously a completely different type of player. I think Kvitova will be really motivated for this one and get through in a really tight tussle.

Sakkari d. Osaka in three sets – Form favours Sakkari in this one as she reached the final in San Jose weeks ago, while Osaka seemed to be struggling with injury in Washington and Montreal. This one will most likely depend on Osaka’s level as Sakkari will likely produce a solid display and try to unsettle Osaka with her topspin. Not really sure of Osaka’s injuries so I’m going for the Greece player.

Bertens d. Vandeweghe in two sets – Vandeweghe’s playing her first tournament since Wimbledon where she picked up an injury and has generally been inconsistent this year. Bertens meanwhile is brimming with confidence with awesome runs in Wimbledon and Montreal. Everything points to Bertens here.

Svitolina d. Kuznetsova in two sets

Azarenka d. Garcia in three sets

Martic d. Kasatkina in three sets

Maria d. Kiick in two sets

Sevastova d. Giorgi in three sets

Kuzmova d. Mladenovic in three sets

Mertens d. Rybarikova in two sets

Pavlyuchenkova d. Krunic in three sets

Bogdan d. Makarova in three sets

Kanepi d. Lepchenko in two sets

Barty d. Vondrousova in three sets

Anisimova d. Babos in two sets

Day 1 – Cincinnati Predictions

Azarenka d. Suarez Navarro in three sets – Azarenka leads the head to head 2-0, but the pair have not met in nine years! Azarenka was looking good in San Jose but had a back injury, but afterwards secured a quick win over Mladenovic in Montreal before bowing out to Konta. Azarenka’s had success in Cincinnati before and if she’s healthy, I think she can battle past Suarez Navarro’s defenses.

Keys d. Mattek-Sands in two sets – I don’t see Mattek-Sands being able to cope with Keys’ power when trying to come forward but the latter seems to be struggling with her wrist once again, withdrawing from San Jose and Montreal. This one will definitely depend on Madison’s level.

S.Williams d. Gavrilova in two sets – Tricky one… You just don’t know what to expect from Serena and after a horror loss to Konta in San Jose, I’m not expecting too much from her. But then again, it’s the 23-time Slam champion we’re talking about! If Serena produces  a decent level she should take this comfortably but Gavrilova’s scrappiness and unrelentless defense could get under the skin of Williams. Then again, if Gavrilova got into a winning position or a lead advantage, I don’t see her being able to close out a set/match based on her mental fragility in matches this season. Williams in two tight sets.

Goerges d. Mladenovic in two sets – Mladenovic is on a three-match losing streak and I don’t get why she doesn’t want to hire a full-time coach because her tactics on court are just… inexistent of late. Don’t see her getting out of this mess against a confident and hard-hitting player like Goerges.

Ostapenko d. Cornet in three sets – Battle of the dramatics! This match though will definitely be on Ostapenko’s racket as she’s the one with all the power. There’s been the good, the bad and the ugly from her throughout the whole season so I don’t really know what to expect.

Sabalenka d. Konta in three sets Preview

Siniakova d. Peterson in three sets – Siniakova has had success on the doubles court of late, but hasn’t been able to translate it into singles as she’s on a four-match losing streak. Peterson is capable of making things difficult for many players so I’m on the fence with this. Perhaps this pick includes some biasness as I really like Siniakova.

Collins d. Tsurenko in three sets – Expecting a super scrappy match with the battle of offense vs defense. Collins seems to be able to elevate her game on home soil so I’ll go with her.

Kuzmova d. Sasnovich in two sets – I’m pretty sure Sasnovich won’t be able to cope with Kuzmova’s power unless the latter has an off day.

Tomljanovic d. Begu in two sets – Begu is on a five-match losing streak and seems to be on a downward spiral these days. Although Tomljanovic has the bigger game, she has definitely been way more consistent than Begu on hard courts.

Kontaveit d. Strycova in three sets – On the fence… Feeling more confident with the Estonian for this.

Kuznetsova d. Voegele in two sets – Kuznetsova for the win, she should be full of confidence right now after her Washington triumph.

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