Aegon International Eastbourne 2017 Predictions
Ka.Pliskova d. Wozniacki in three – Pliskova has had a day’s rest after Konta’s WD while Wozniacki was suffering from a left ab injury although she says it is not too serious. In the Watson-Wozniacki match yesterday, Watson was the one dictating play but made too many errors on court. If Pliskova does something like Watson without missing, I think she’ll win.
Pliskova d. Konta in three
Wozniacki d. Watson in two
*no QF predictions because of time zone issues*
Round 3 (4/7)
Kerber d. Arruabarrena in three – There were glimpses of Peak Kerber in her win over Pliskova but there were also glimpses of the tight and inhibited Kerber we have been seeing for this whole year. Kerber will be playing her second match in a day while Arruabarrena will be fresh as a daisy after two days of rest. However the Spaniard isn’t known for her game on the grass and the max she should be able to do is push Kerber to three sets.
Ostapenko d. Konta in three – Ostapenko has now had a match already so I don’t think there should be too much of a letdown today. On grass, she has a chance to overpower Konta.
Pliskova d. Peng in two – Peng is on the back of two good wins over Schiavone and Bacsinszky but Pliskova should be too strong.
Mladenovic d. Kuznetsova in three – Loving this match! Siding with Mladenovic after a comfortable win over Zhang.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Watson in three – Watson has always done well on home soil but Watson may find it difficult to hit past Pavlyuchenkova.
Wozniacki d. Vesnina in three – Wozniacki leads the HTH 6-2, but Vesnina won their last match last year. They have never met on grass with Vesnina the more suited to the surface, but since her Indian Wells victory the Russian has only won five singles matches. Wozniacki should take advantage of her form and be the more consistent one.
Halep d. Pironkova in three – Decent win for Halep on her first match on grass, was playing at a high aggressive level and even if Pironkova’s the grass queen, that kind of level should be too much for the Bulgarian too handle.
Round 2 (11/16)
Kerber d. Pliskova in three – This is definitely an upset alert as Pliskova was playing really well yesterday, especially on the serve (recap of the match HERE). It’s Kerber’s first competitive match on grass but being on a new surface MAY inspire here so I’m going for a Kerber escape. But everytime I went for Kerbs to win in three she always loses so 😂😂😂
Gavrilova d. Arruabarrena in two – Gavrilova was impressive in Birmingham and expecting her to get through this.
Suarez Navarro d. Ostapenko in three – Ostapenko crushed Suarez Navarro on grass in 2015 before but this is her first match since the Roland Garros triumph – expecting kind of a letdown and Suarez Navarro is the type of player that will be able to take advantage of weaknesses.
Konta d. Cirstea in three – Repeat match from Fed Cup where Cirstea was upset with Konta (yup that saga !) Cirstea had a strong win over Siniakova and I expect her to be motivated to try to win, however Konta just does everything a little better than Cirstea and the most the Romanian can probably do is pull this to three sets.
Ka.Pliskova d. Riske in three – I don’t know if Pliskova can win this that comfortably as it’s her first match on grass, Riske is already suited to this surface – she should avoid the upset though.
Peng d. Bacsinszky in three – Peng got her first win on grass since 2014 yesterday in pretty convincing fashion; Bacsinszky will be playing on grass for the first time this year. Bacsinszky has never really done well on grass so I think an upset is a possiblity.
Mladenovic d. Zhang in two – Repeat match-up from Birmingham, Zhang did well to make life difficult for Mlads in a tight two setter there but the Frenchwoman’s fighting abilities shone through. I’m expecting something like that this time again.
Kuznetsova d. Barthel in two – Barthel qualified for the main draw but she has rarely played any matches on grass before this week.
Radwanska d. Davis in two – Davis is another one who has rarely played on grass. Radwanska is coming into this having not played a single match on this surface after suffering from a viral illness; wary of her but she should win this.
Strycova d. Muguruza in three – Muguruza had a decent week in Birmingham but Strycova’s good on grass and I have an instinct she should win this.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Mertens in two – It may sound crazy but I picked Pavlyuchenkova to reach the final! Mertens had a solid win over Babos but she’ll have to produce something spectacular if she’s playing Peak Pavs.
Cibulkova d. Watson in three – Cibulkova has barely gotten a single win in the past few months; Watson thrives with home support so I’m not sure she can get through this at all. Still sticking with Domi though.
Osaka d. Wozniacki in three – Went for Wozniacki for this match-up in the full draw predictions but Osaka totally blew Ozaki off the court in her first round win. If she does it again the Japanese could just score the upset.
Vesnina d. Cepede Royg in two – Vesnina on grass for the win.
Pironkova d. Niculescu in three – Pironkova is so, so fortune to get into the main draw and even had a bye! Feeling the grass court specialist has a good chance in this one.
Halep d. Duan in two – Halep should be too consistent for Duan.
Round 1 (8/13)
Kr.Pliskova d. Broady in three – Kr.Pliskova leads the HTH 3-1, they both have big serves but Pliskova’s the more consistent one. Her nerves still concern me a little as she’s against the home crowd.
Arruabarrena d. Putintseva in two – Putintseva’s game isn’t suited to the grass while Arruabarrena has already gotten two matches in Eastbourne.
Makarova d. Suarez Navarro in three – Makarova is 28-8 in Eastbourne and won the title in 2010 – on the contrary grass is Suarez Navarro’s worst surface and the Spaniard has been slipping down the rankings after a disappointing 2017. The head to head is in favour of Suarez Navarro 5-2 but on the green stuff it’s difficult to have confident in Suarez Navarro.
Siniakova d. Cirstea in three – It’s a match Siniakova should win as Cirstea’s not a grass court player but her emotions can get the better of her sometimes. Going for a detour win.
Riske d. Cornet in two – Riske has never lost to Cornet in three previous encounters and she’s the better player on grass.
Peng d. Schiavone in three – Went for Peng in the full draw predictions but this is her first match on grass and Schiavone notched a good win over top seeded Davis in the qualies. Both can play decently on the grass so I’m not so sure on who to pick.
Zhang d. Lepchenko in two – Zhang’s mojo seems to be back after reaching the third round at the French Open; she played well against Mladenovic in Birmingham. Zhang has beaten Lepchenko in their two previous encounters.
Konjuh d. Barthel in two – Konjuh was impressive in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and Mallorca and I think she can overpower the Barthel game.
Davis d. Kucova in two – Davis and Kucova are now in the draw after Goerges and Bellis withdrew, expecting Davis to get through this relatively comfortably.
Strycova d. Bouchard in three – Expecting a messy match with this one, their HTH is tied at three apiece but Strycova has won their most recent three. Bouchard is still showing glimpses of form this year but has never really pieced it together; Strycova should be able to navigate the win.
Mertens d. Babos in three – Forgot to write my thoughts for this oops
Tsurenko d. Watson in three – Tsurenko had a semifinal outing in ‘s-Hertogenbosch and she should win this against Watson although she plays well on home soil
Osaka d. Ozaki in two – Ozaki plays a defensive game so Osaka will need to be patient if she wants the win.
Hsieh d. Cepede Royg in two – Cepede Royg is on a great run of form but Hsieh should win on this surface.
Lucic-Baroni d. Niculescu in two – Forgot to write my thoughts for this oops
Duan d. McHale in two – I like Duan’s game on grass while McHale is not exactly in great form.
Full Draw Predictions
*changes will be made after qualifiers have been placed*