Doha 2018 WTA – Daily Predictions

Daily Predictions

Day 7 – Doha Predictions

Muguruza d. Kvitova in three sets – Got to go with Muguruza. Although Muguruza has only played one match against top 20 opposition, she will be well rested having had an off day yesterday/ Once again I would say Kvitova will be fatigued but you just never know in a huge match like this…

Day 6 – Doha Predictions

Wozniacki d. Kvitova in two sets So I expected Kvitova to lose a few rounds earlier due to fatigue, but obviously Peak Petra appears and blasts into the semis! Clearly Kvitova will win if she’s at her best, but the matches she’s played of late have to have a toll on her, shouldn’t they? Wozniacki played an aggressive match against Kerber but against a big-hitter, it will be interesting to see if she can continue her aggressive ways and not head to her usual defensive self. An interesting match…

Day 5 – Doha Predictions

Kerber d. Wozniacki in three sets Preview

Goerges d. Kvitova in three sets – The pair just met in St.Petersburg two weeks ago where it was a surprising case of Julia getting outhit and eventually losing the match in three sets. Goerges is such an aggressive player so seeing her getting outhit is stunning, however I think this may help her in this encounter. Kvitova must be fatigued from Fed Cup, so this will result in her going for more outright winners, which also means she may miss more. If Goerges stays solid from the baseline and move Kvitova around the court I believe she will be able to record a second win against the Czech.

Garcia d. Muguruza in three sets – Not so sure about this having not seen their matches from yesterday. I will go for Garcia as I have not been convinced with Muguruza’s level this year. I have seen many comments about Garcia’s B game improving this year and this could be crucial in this hard-hitting match-up.

Halep d. Bellis in two sets – Bellis had a great win against Pliskova, but it was likely due to the Czech’s unforced errors. She will not be able to get so many errors from Halep though, and I think the Romanian’s experience will be the key factor in this match. Halep has looked rock solid in Doha as well.

Day 4 – Doha Predictions

Muguruza d. Cirstea in two sets – Muguruza leads the head to head 2-0, with two two-setters going in her way in 2017. I would expect Muguruza’s game to be a little more solid, Cirstea is 5-18 against top 5 players and her game can go awry when against the elite players.

Pliskova d. Bellis in two sets – Pliskova recently trounced Bellis in Brisbane, a 6-1 6-1 thumping. Pliskova’s firepower should be too much for Bellis, who has little weaponry to disturb such kind of hard-hitting players.

Garcia d. Blinkovain three sets – We were so close to getting a Garcia-Mladenovic match-up! Anyways, Garcia’s form has been inconsistent this year so far so I would be expecting a close match. Blinkova has weapons, but when it comes to the important stages, nerves and inconsistencies should creep it and Garcia’s experience should shine through here.

Halep d. Sevastova in two sets – Halep has won her last four meetings against Sevastova all in straights. Sevastova has never won more then four games in a set against Halep in these four meetings.

Goerges d. Buzarnescu in two sets – Buzarnescu is solid and can cause Goerges troubles, but the latter’s power should be too much for the Romanian.

Wozniacki d. Niculescu in two sets – Wozniacki leads the head to head 8-0, with Niculescu having won only one set against the Dane thus far. This is a great match-up for Wozniacki; the Romanian has no weapons to hit through Woz, and Caroline can handle all the slices Niculescu hits at her.

Svitolina d. Kvitova in three sets Kvitova leads the head to head 6-1, and has won their previous six match-ups. Even with the lop-sided head to head, I expect Svitolina to win this one with her counter-punching. Kvitova looked understandably fatigued yesterday, as has played in St.Petersburg-Fed Cup (Prague)-Doha back-to-back. Svitolina will look to make Kvitova run and get some errors out of the Czech.

Kerber d. Konta in two sets – Kerber leads the head to head 2-1. Both have had contrasting starts to 2018 – Kerber has only lost one match in three events thus far, to Simona Halep in AO, while Konta has suffered disappointing losses to Radwanska in Sydney and Pera in AO>

Day 3 – Doha Predictions

Kvitova d. Radwanska in three sets

Mladenovic d. Blinkova in two sets

Keys d. Bellis in two sets

Osaka d. Sevastova in three sets

Halep d. Makarova in three sets

Goerges d. Strycova in two sets

Konta d. Suarez Navarro in three sets

Mertens d. Cirstea in three sets

Wozniacki d. Witthoeft in two sets

Kerber d. Stosur in two sets

Niculescu d. Rybarikova in two sets

Pliskova d. Cornet in two sets

Buzarnescu d. Ostapenkoin three sets

Day 2 – Doha Predictions

Keys d. Wang in two sets – This is a repeat match-up from the Australian Open where Keys won, 6-1 7-5. The conditions in Doha are much slower than Australia thus I would guess this match will be much closer. A tight two-setter going in the favour of Keys should be the result.

Mladenovic d. Peng in two sets – Peng has went 0-2 to start the year and is still recovering from a knee surgery – apparently her doctor advised her to rest for a few months but she has still been playing this year! Meanwhile, for Mladenovic, after her first win in St.Petersburg since June 2017, Mladenovic won three more matches in Russia and three more matches in Fed Cup action. Huge difference in form right now.

Kvitova d. Buyukakcay in two sets – As mentioned before, Petra matches are impossible to predict but she’s in good form right now, on a seven-match winning streak, so I would be guessing a Peak Petra appearance this time?

Muguruza d. Duan in three sets – The conditions seem tough in Doha thus Duan, who already went through qualifying and had a super win over Jabeur yesterday, would be further adjusted to the courts here. This is Muguruza’s first match since the Australian summer which was full of injuries, so I would guess she will be a little vulnerable heading into this one. I guess Duan will take the first set, but inconsistencies and lack of experience will eventually give the win to Muguruza. 

Goerges d. Safarova in two sets – The head to head is tied at two wins apiece. Both players have similar games, but Goerges is the in-form lady on the tour and it will need a lot from Safarova to hit through the confident German at the moment.

Garcia d. Cibulkova in three sets – Cibulkova had a great win over Pavlyuchenkova yesterday but after these two years I have seen Cibulkova having nice first matches, then immediately lose the second round in quick fashion. Garcia though is equally inconsistent and her last outing in St.Petersburg, losing to Rybakina, was pretty horrendous. I’m a little of the fence with Cibulkova having seen the best and the worst of her in 2018, and the worst have been um, pretty bad, thus I have to go with the higher-ranked player. 

Konta d. Pera in two sets – Konta lost to Pera in the Australian Open a few weeks back but since then she’s gotten a couple of good wins in Fed Cup. After that meeting I would guess Konta would have a better understanding of Pera’s game.

Rybarikova d. Al Nabhani in two sets – In nine previous attempts to Doha has a qualifier, Al Nabhani has never won a set. Against the unorthodox Rybarikova it seems even unlikely that Al Nabhani will do some damage.

Strycova d. Krunic in two sets – Strycova leads the head to head 2-0, and has been pretty impressive all year thus far, solid and aggressive in her matches. Krunic can produce some magic time to time but can be relatively inconsistent. 

Kontaveit d. Cornet in three sets – Kontaveit had a ton of trouble closing out all of her matches in the Australian Open thus even though I think she will win this with relative ease, her nerves might cause some problems.

Begu d. Stosur in three sets – Begu is coming off a 2-0 singles record in Fed Cup action last weekend. Stosur has lost her last four out of five matches, and has looked super tentative and inconsistent in 2018. All signs pointing to Begu.

Mertens d. Babos in three sets – Mertens has started off the year super well, only losing two matches so far to Wozniacki and Mladenovic, the latter loss coming in Fed Cup action. Babos should be confident having won the singles title in Taipei two weeks ago; the Hungarian’s aggressive game should cause Mertens some troubles but the Belgian’s more solid base level should see her through.

Vekic d. Sevastova in three sets – Sevastova leads the head to head 2-0, but a loss to a player outside of the world’s top 300 in Fed Cup action was shocking. Just a feeling there could be an upset here.

Maria d. Witthoeft in three sets – Although Maria is coming from Fed Cup in Belarus and playing three matches in two days must be tiring, Witthoeft is recovering from an illness and it’s her first match since the Australian summer.

Suarez Navarro d. Bondarenko in two sets – Bondarenko is a dangerous player but Suarez Navarro’s solid game should bring her to the win.

Vondrousova d. Putintseva in two sets – Putintseva has been lacking in many aspects this year, on the WTA level she has had an unconvincing 8-8 record against players since June 2017 outside of the world’s top 50. Vondrousova should be brimming with confidence after two good wins in qualifying.

Cirstea d. Sakkari in two sets – Don’t see Sakkari having many answers to Cirstea’s hard-hitting game.

Day 1 –  Doha Predictions

Cibulkova d. Pavlyuchenkovain three sets

Kasatkina d. Bellis in two sets

Vesnina d. Blinkova in three sets

Sharapova d. Niculescu in two sets

Radwanska d. Barthel in two sets

Siniakova d. Osaka in three sets

Duan d. Jabeur in three sets

Makarova d. Zhang in three sets

Buzarnescu d. Tsurenko in two sets