French Open 2018 WTA – Daily Predictions

Day 14 (Championship Saturday) – French Open Predictions

Halep d. Stephens in three sets Preview

Day 12 (Thursday) – French Open Predictions

Previews for both matches are HERE

Muguruza d. Halep in three sets

Stephens d. Keys in two sets

Day 11 (Wednesday) – French Open Predictions

Halep d. Kerber in three sets Preview

Sharapova d. Muguruza in three sets Preview

Day 10 (Tuesday) – French Open Predictions

Stephens d. Kasatkina in two sets – The head to head is tied at one win apiece but I feel this time round experience will prevail. Sloane’s been super solid in her previous rounds and it will take a mighty display from Kasatkina to get the better of her in long rallies.

Keys d. Putintseva in two sets – Putintseva has loads of variety to disturb Keys but if the latter’s playing at around 60-70% of her previous rounds’ level, I think she can get through this one relatively easy. Keys’ powerful groundstrokes completely crushed Buzarnescu in the last round and if she is able to do so this time round, Putintseva won’t be able to use the drop shot or other antics to disturb her. 

Day 9 (Monday) – French Open Predictions

Halep d. Mertens in three sets  Preview

S.Williams d. Sharapova in two sets  Preview

Muguruza d. Tsurenko in two sets – Muguruza for the win.

Kerber d. Garcia in three sets  Preview

Day 8 (Sunday) – French Open Predictions

Keys d. Buzarnescu in three setsBoth players were very impressive in their dismissals of Osaka and Svitolina respectively. Buzarnescu will likely be the more consistent player, but nerves and inexperience may derail her campaign. Keys’ good results at Slams and ability to go for her shots under pressure should help her to come through.

Kontaveit d. Stephens in two setsKontaveit is on fire at the moment having beaten Kvitova in the previous round in two tight sets. Stephens is the more experienced of the two, but I’m not convinced by her level and she can retreat behind the baseline when playing a big hitter. Kontaveit is the more dynamic player and I expect her to control most of the points. Just worried about her nerves…

Strycova d. Putintseva in three setsBring all the popcorn on the planet!!!! Hoping for some drama and crazy emotions and some amazing GIFs hehe. In all honesty, I think Strycova will be way too solid and not allow Putintseva to have chances to dictate play. Strycova though hasn’t been in this stage of the French Open before and I think Putintseva’s dogged defense will get her a set. In the end though I think the Czech will get through this one.

Kasatkina d. Wozniacki in two setsWozniacki has had a cakewalk draw so far but has done well to get through it quickly, not dropping a set in her three rounds before. Kasatkina has been less convincing enroute to this stage but her topspin and variety could get the better of Wozniacki – in fact she’s already beaten her twice this year. IMO, either Kasatkina in 2 or Woz in 3. I’ll stick with my original draw and go for Kasatkina.

Day 7 (Saturday) – French Open Predictions

No thoughts today 😦

Stosur d. Muguruza in three sets

Sharapova d. Ka.Pliskova in three sets

Garcia d. Begu in two sets

S.Williams d. Goerges in three sets

Kvitova d. Kontaveit in three setsPreview

Bertens d. Kerber in three sets

Stephens d. Giorgi in three setsThis sounds like it could be a complete mess of a match! I have more faith in Stephens producing a focused and solid display on the clay, even if her form outside of the US has been shaky.

Halep d. Petkovic in two sets

Rybarikova d. Tsurenko in two sets

Mertens d. Gavrilova in three sets

Day 6 (Friday) – French Open Predictions

Wozniacki d. Parmentier in two setsParmentier’s forehand can cause Wozniacki some problems but I doubt she’ll be able to hold her nerve on such a big court and against a solid Wozniacki.

Osaka d. Keys in three setsPreview

Svitolina d. Buzarnescu in two sets Buzarnescu will be gunning for a spot in the second week of a Slam for the first time in her career. Svitolina’s been very solid in her past two matches and I expect her to run down a ton of balls and force Buzarnescu into too many errors.

Kasatkina d. Sakkari in two setsBoth share a very similar style of play and are not very experienced on this stage of a Slam. I’m not confident with this pick at all.

Wang d. Putintseva in three setsHah, this sounds like a mess! I think Wang will be the more steady player and hopefully, she isn’t driven crazy with Putintseva’s antics and defences.

Strycova d. Siniakova in three sets Preview

Day 5 (Thursday) – French Open Predictions

Halep d. Townsend in two sets – Halep had a struggle against Riske, but I doubt Townsend will give her more difficulties, especially on clay. Halep should be able to expose Townsend’s movement and make it difficult for Townsend to come forward.

Barty d. S.Williams in three sets – I watched Serena’s win against Kr.Pliskova and while the serve was firing, her shots still lacked consistency and movement was a little inhibited. I think Barty will make life difficult for Serena with her variety and heavy groundstrokes. If the injury Barty picked up in Strasbourg is recovered and she’s not feeling too much nerves playing Serena, I think she can notch the win.

Muguruza d. Ferro in two sets – Both players seem to have done well in their openers, but I doubt Ferro has the experience and consistency to disturb Muguruza.

Garcia d. Peng in two sets – Garcia should be stronger in all departments with her home crowd supporting her on. Peng’s win against Krunic was her first(!) main draw win since last year.

Sharapova d. Vekic in two sets – I think Vekic may wreak some havoc as she’s been playing well on the clay and has notched at least one win in every clay court tournament she’s played in. However, a tough three-set win over Hogenkamp would have settled Sharapova down and I think she’ll play some solid tennis and come up trumps on the important points.

Goerges d. Van Uytvanck in two sets – Goerges on clay for the win.

Ka.Pliskova d. Safarova in two sets – Pliskova leads the head to head 6-2, and has won their last three match-ups on tour. I doubt Safarova can do much this time round as she’s just coming back from illness and Pliskova’s been so good throughout this clay court swing.

Begu d. Zhang in three sets – I suspect this could be a crazy match with tons of breaks and tons of changes in momentum. Begu’s clay-court prowess and ability to play long three-setters should help her to come through.

Kerber d. Bogdan in two sets – A simple win against Barthel would have given Kerber the confidence going forward. I doubt Bogdan will be able to cause too much problems.

Mertens d. Watson in two sets – Watson’s level has been so up and down this year and you never know which side you’re going to see from her. Watson may cause Mertens some issues if she’s firing but Mertens is the much more consistent player and is the better pick on clay.

Vandeweghe d. Tsurenko in three sets – Both players haven’t been able to deliver on the outdoor clay and the head to head is tied at one win apiece. Tsurenko’s groundstrokes do not have a lot of punch on the slow clay and if Vandeweghe’s head is at the right place, she could easily move Tsurenko and hit a ton of winners.

Stosur d. Pavlyuchenkova in three sets – Pavlyuchenkova is still feeling some fatigue from the epic final in Strasbourg. Stosur won their recent match in Madrid, 1 6-7(2) 6-3 and you need to be in top form if you want to beat Stosur on the Paris clay.

Pera d. Gavrilova in three sets – Gavrilova’s serve has been a real liability this season and she barely scraped past Cirstea in a three-set battle. Pera is a solid and hard-hitter and seems to be comfortable playing on the dirt. Smelling an upset as Gavrilova is constantly unable to bring her game for the Slams.

Petkovic d. Mattek-Sands in three sets – I watched Petkovic’s win against Mladenovic and that would have definitely given the German a huge confidence boost. Mattek-Sands scored her second win since coming back to the tour with a good victory over Nurnberg champ, Larsson. The head to head is tied at two wins apiece but they have not met each other since 2014. Slightly favouring former RG semifinalist Petkovic in this one.

Rybarikova d. Bencic in two sets  I think Rybarikova’s slice and dice game will drive Bencic crazy, with the latter playing her first tournament since Indian Wells after injury.

Bertens d. Sasnovich in two sets – Bertens on clay for the win.

Day 4 (Wednesday) – French Open Predictions

Halep d. Riske in two sets – In their last match Riske managed to push Halep to three sets but it’s a different story on clay. Though Riske reached the final in Nurnberg last week, she is not too comfortable on this surface and Halep will definitely try to expose that. I think it’ll be a comfortable opener for Halep.

Wozniacki d. Garcia Perez in two sets – Heard that Garcia Perez has a really good serve. Other than that, I don’t know much about her. Wozniacki’s consistency for the win.

Svitolina d. Kuzmova in two sets – I don’t think this one will be too straightforward as Kuzmova does have the weapons to disturb Svitolina. Kuzmova though is the inexperienced player and I think she’ll fall short on the important points.

Cornet d. Parmentier in three sets – Cornet leads the head to head 2-1, including both encounters on clay. Cornet seemed to be affected by her thigh in her first rounder but two days of rest would have done her good. Both players have similar games but Cornet is the stronger in all departments, and mentally tougher.

Kvitova d. Arruabarrena in three sets – I think this is going to be a similar match as Petra’s first rounder. Arruabarrena is a good clay courter and will bring back a lot of balls. In the end, I expect Petra’s experience to come through.

Kasatkina d. Flipkens in two sets – Kasatkina is the stronger player in all areas on clay and she should be able to deal well with Flipkens’ slice.

Osaka d. Diyas in two sets – If Osaka is able to stay focussed and play pretty consistently, I think she will get through this easily.

Suarez Navarro d. Sakkari in three sets – Sakkari is pretty high in confidence right now and I think she’ll trouble Suarez Navarro with her heavy topspin. CSN leads the head to head 2-0 though and ultimately, the more experienced player on the big stages should come through.

Strycova d. Makarova in two sets – A win over Nara would have done Strycova good as she was on an eight-match losing streak. Have never been impressed with Makarova on clay.

Siniakova d. Kozlova in three sets – I am a huge fan of Siniakova and I was impressed with how she closed out the match against Azarenka in two tight sets. Kozlova, who upset defending champ Ostapenko in the first round, won’t be a walk in the park with her solid game and occasional use of variety.  I think Siniakova will come through in three.

Putintseva d. Brady in two sets – Suspect Putintseva will drive Brady crazy with her moonballs and relentless defense.

Kontaveit d. Dulgheru in two sets – Dulgheru has played four matches up to this stage and I think she’s struggling physically after seeing her limp over the line against McHale in R1. Kontaveit’s aggression should be too much to deal with.

Giorgi d. Duque-Marino in three sets – It all depends on Giorgi’s performance. As of now, slightly in favour of Giorgi.

Dolehide d. Keys in three sets – Dolehide seems to be a rare American that loves playing on the clay. Her heavy groundstrokes suits the dirt very well, unlike Keys who has produced some disappointing results on the surface this year. Going for the upset.

Stephens d. Frech in two sets – Ideal match for Stephens.

Buzarnescu d. Peterson in two sets

Martic d. Wang in three sets – An interesting match-up with different styles. Martic always seems to elevate her game for the Slams and I think she’ll do so in this one.

Day 3 (Tuesday) – French Open Predictions

S.Williams d. Kr.Pliskova in three sets – Kr.Pliskova does play well on clay but she has an 0-7 win-loss record in Paris. This will be Serena’s first tournament since Miami and first tournament on clay so I expect some rust from the American. I think this will be a close match, with Kr.Pliskova falling apart at the latter end of the match.

Sharapova d. Hogenkamp in two sets – Ideal first rounder for Sharapova.

Garcia d. Duan in three sets – I do like watching Duan and she always is able to compete well against top tenners – she’s taken sets off Halep and Ostapenko before, but her mental fragility lets her down in the end (she’s 0-12 against top 10 players lifetime). I suspect Duan can take a set with Garcia feeling some pressure playing in front of her home crowd, but afterwards she’ll fight back with Duan’s nerves letting her down eventually.

Muguruza d. Kuznetsova in three sets Preview

Cibulkova d. Goerges in three sets Preview

Witthoeft d. Ferro in two sets – Witthoeft should be at a level higher in all aspects of her game.

Bertens d. Sabalenka in three sets Preview

Kerber d. Barthel in three sets – Kerber leads the head to head 3-2, but Barthel has not beaten Kerber since 2013. Barthel is the better player on clay but will likely be the more inconsistent player. While Kerber hasn’t won a match in the French Open since 2015, I expect her to scrap through this one.

Stosur d. Wickmayer in two sets – Hadn’t heard about Wickmayer in quite a while. Stosur on clay for the win.

Barty d. Vikhlyantseva in three sets 

Townsend d. Georges in two sets

Gavrilova d. Cirstea in three sets

Begu d. Schmiedlova in three sets

Vondrousova d. Bogdan in two sets

Van Uytvanck d. Wallace in two sets

Sasnovich d. Allertova in three sets

Krunic d. Peng in two sets

Pavlyuchenkova d. Hercog in three sets

Larsson d. Mattek-Sands in two sets

Zhang d. Kucova in two sets

Day 2 (Monday) – French Open Predictions

Kvitova d. Cepede Royg in three sets – I am a little wary for Kvitova as Cepede Royg is a good mover on the clay and is mostly solid and consistent. However, Kvitova’s hard-hitting and experience should be able to help her to come through the big moments.

Wozniacki d. Collins in three sets – Much like the other top seeds on Day 1, I suspect Wozniacki will come out a little error strewn and uncomfortable on the clay. Collins is one of the breakout stars of 2018 and has won a couple of matches on clay this year. I think she can snatch a set, but typically Wozniacki should come back to win in three.

Mladenovic d. Petkovic in three sets – Petkovic leads the head to head 4-0, though their last meeting was in 2016. Petkovic has not won back-to-back main draw matches since Washington 2017, while Mladenovic has only won two matches on the dirt this year. While both players can be equally patchy on off days, I think the home crowd could be a key factor for Mladenovic to gain some confidence and fight through this one.

Vandeweghe d. Siegemund in three sets – Vandeweghe leads the head to head 3-0, but she has looked very uncomfortable on the outdoor clay courts this year. Since returning back to the tour Siegemund hasn’t been able to win back-to-back main draw matches and from the matches I’ve seen her play, her drop shot tactics aren’t working well and confidence is not very high right now. This is a complete toss-up.

Ka.Pliskova d. Krejcikova in two sets – Krejcikova has a nice game, but is unlikely to cause too much problems for Pliskova.

Azarenka d. Siniakova in two sets Preview

Keys d. Vickery in two sets – Vickery hasn’t been able to do much on the clay since bursting onto the scene in March and her last loss was to World No.535 R.Jani… Ideal opener for Keys to compete against someone who isn’t comfortable moving around the clay.

Kumkhum d. Rybarikova in three sets – Rybarikova is 1-3 on the clay this year. I think Kuhkhum’s flat strokes could come through.

Safarova d. Ponchet in three sets – This will be Safarova’s second tournament since coming back from injury. From watching Lucie’s matches in Strasbourg, she is obviously still in need of some rhythm and Ponchet won’t provide that. Ponchet has some wacky groundstrokes that could cause Safarova a lot of problems, but obviously she has less experience than Safarova. This sounds like a match that could extend 70-68 in the third set…

Osaka d. Kenin in two sets – I think Osaka can get this one fairly easily if she produces a consistent enough level. Kenin is 0-4 in WTA matches on the clay this year.

Dodin d. Watson in three sets – Another wacky match this one will probably be! Both players are really low in confidence right now – Dodin went to play in some ITF events in place of Madrid & Rome, while Watson finally broke her losing streak with a win over Bondarenko in Nurnberg. Dodin is very dangerous (and streaky) and will not give any momentum for Watson to work with.

Suarez Navarro d. Konjuh in two sets – Nice to see Konjuh back, but I wonder why she decided to come back so early to RG without any match practice? Suarez Navarro should be way too consistent on clay.

Mertens d. Lepchenko in two sets – Lepchenko is 7-9 on the year and generally, American players aren’t the most comfortable playing on clay. Mertens hasn’t lost to anyone outside of the world’s top 50 during the clay court swing.

Dolehide d. Golubic in two sets – Dolehide’s huge kick serve will be tough for Golubic to deal with considering her small stature. Dolehide is on fire right now and Golubic might not be able to handle the hard-hitting from her.

Hsieh d. Peterson in three sets – I’ve watched Peterson a couple of times and her forehand is pretty impressive. Playing Hsieh for the first time is a tough ask though with her arsenal of shots. She’s also in decent form, and is OK defending on the clay.

Giorgi d. Min in two sets – Haven’t watched much of Min before, but Giorgi should win if she’s firing.

Bencic d. Chiesa in three sets – Bencic will be playing her first match since Indian Wells and with no matches on the clay, playing a competent qualifier is not an ideal opener. Playing in your first Grand Slam main draw is always a tough ask though and Chiesa will probably feel a ton of nerves, especially on the important points.

Pera d. Vesnina in two sets – Vesnina is not comfortable in the clay and Pera’s lefty and solid game should be able to expose that.

Kasatkina d. Kanepi in three sets – I have Kasatkina reaching the quarterfinals in my draw, but I am wary! If Kasatkina retreats into her defensive shell then Kanepi’s hard-hitting strokes will blow her off the court. The Paris clay favours Kasatkina though and I think she’ll escape this one in a tight-three setter.

Flipkens d. Maria in two sets

Buzarnescu d. King in two sets

Vekic d. Bondarenko in two sets

Arruabarrena d. Babos in three sets

Voegele d. Tsurenko in three sets

Sakkari d. Minella in two sets

Sevastova d. Duque-Marino in two sets

Garcia Perez d. Jakupovic in three sets

Day 1 (Sunday) – French Open Predictions

Cornet d. Errani in three sets Preview

Ostapenko d. Kozlova in two sets – Ostapenko’s my finalist for the fortnight so I’m hoping she doesn’t screw up! Kozlova is not the most easy first round opponent with her solid and consistent play but if Ostapenko is able to play at a decent level then she should get through it easily.

Svitolina d. Tomljanovic in two sets – Tomljanovic will be a tough one if she is on form, but unfortunately for her she rarely can reach her peak form. Svitolina’s solid play should drive Tomljanovic crazy, especially on the slower clay courts.

V.Williams d. Q.Wang in two sets Preview

Strycova d. Nara in two sets – Nara hasn’t won a WTA main draw match since September 2017, in Tashkent. Strycova’s on an eight-match losing streak but has bigger weapons and more experience to rely on in the crucial moments.

Putintseva d. Konta in three sets Preview

Stephens d. Rus in three sets – The pair last met in Acapulco where Stephens saved a match point to win, 5-7 7-6(6) 6-0. Stephens’ level has been extremely up and down and I expect her to lose focus at some point. I think Rus can clinch a set but the upset would surprise me in this one.

Parmentier d. Paquet in three sets – This will probably be an extremely nervy affair with both home players desperate to reach the second round of their home Slam. Expect Parmentier’s heavy topspin and experience to come through.

Brady d. Hesse in two sets – Hesse has only notched one win in the RG main draw and her last attempt last year was a 1-6 0-6 defeat to Vondrousova. Brady has actually made it to the second week of a Slam twice last year.

Diyas d. Linette in three sets – Linette leads the head to head 2-0, but I feel Diyas is the more dynamic player and is the slightly mentally stronger player.

Kontaveit d. Brengle in two sets – Kontaveit’s confidence is soaring high at the moment and if she’s in form and firing, Brengle has absolutely no chance.

Schiavone d. Kuzmova in three sets – Intrigued by this match-up. Kuzmova’s best will beat Schiavone, but I doubt she’ll be consistent to do so. Schiavone’s three prior qualifying matches could help her in adapting to the conditions, but they could have also tire her out. On the fence but going with the more experienced Italian…

Zheng d. Makarova in two sets – Makarova has not won back-to-back matches at a tournament since Wuhan 2017 and seems to be completely out of confidence at the moment. Clay is also not her surface and Zheng’s moonballs and defensive skills will drive her crazy. 

Alexandrova d. Frech in two sets 

Martic d. Y.Wang in two sets 

McHale d. Dulgheru in three sets