Hobart International Predictions
Day 6 – Hobart Predictions
Kenin d. Schmiedlova in two sets – After watching Kenin’s performance against Cornet, I’m pretty sure she’s going to win the title from here. She just does a little everything better than Schmiedlova and has the edge in power and mental fortitude.
Day 5 – Hobart Predictions
Bencic d. Schmiedlova in two sets – After a massive culling of the seeds in Hobart, it is pretty surprising that the semifinals are still really good this week. Both are former top 30 players and have very similar games, though Bencic just does everything a little better with her serve and firepower. Expecting her stronger mental fortitude to come through.
Kenin d. Cornet in three sets – Kenin is looking really good to begin the season and even though Cornet is the more experienced player, I think her slightly stronger groundstrokes and variety could help her to edge this one out.
Day 4 – Selected Hobart Predictions
Kenin d. Flipkens in three sets
Yastremska d. Bencic in three sets
Day 3 – Selected Hobart Predictions
Flipkens d. Kuzmova in three sets – The pair played a crazy semifinal in ‘s-Hertogenbosch where Flipkens came through, 7-5 6-7(7) 6-4. Kind of expecting a similar scoreline where Flipkens’ variety and court coverage barely triumphs.
Kenin d. Jabeur in three sets – This is a pretty interesting match-up with variety against stellar defensive skills. Been impressed with Kenin since last year’s US Open and I think she’s going to rise up the rankings really soon. I think she’ll be too solid for Jabeur’s flashes of brilliance.
Day 2 – Selected Hobart Predictions
Bencic d. Buzarnescu in three sets – Probably the most difficult match to predict in the entire Hobart main draw. Watched a lot of Bencic matches during Hopman Cup and it felt the Swiss player played better tennis in the mixed doubles than in singles! Bencic’s still trying to find the balance between attack and defence and it didn’t go too well for her in the first week of the season. Similarly, Buzarnescu didn’t play well in Brisbane and suffered her fifth straight loss on the tour. It seems like Buzarnescu’s still trying to find her game after the freak accident in Montreal. Thus, I will go for Bencic who has had more match fitness under her belt.
Garcia d. Kenin in three sets – Didn’t watch Garcia’s first round loss to Jorovic in Shenzhen – chances are she probably didn’t play well in that one. I think it’s a good choice for her to get more matches under her belt, though Kenin is definitely not one to look down on. Kenin can definitely cause Garcia troubles with her skillful defensive play, and has done that before in a 6-3 6-3 win in Mallorca last year. For some reason, I’m going with Garcia to edge this one out in a competitive match.
Sakkari d. Linette in three sets – It wasn’t a good start for Sakkari at the Hopman Cup and Linette’s a competent player so I think it’ll be a tight match. Ultimately, favouring Sakkari’s defence and topspin groundstrokes to come through.
Day 1 – Selected Hobart Predictions
Siegemund d. Yastremska in three sets – Yastremska’s playing her second tournament of the season after a 2-6 1-5 retirement in Brisbane in qualifying. Siegemund’s going to be a very tricky opponent for the hard-hitter and having played two matches from qualifying, I think her drop shots and slices will be too lethal if Yastremska can’t find her range.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Lapko in three sets – Pavlyuchenkova has such raw talent but her inconsistency is always her undoing… After beating Ana Bogdan with the loss of just one game in Shenzhen, she promptly lost to World No.133 Kudermetova in the next round. Pavlyuchenkova and Lapko have met before, with the former winning 5-7 7-6(4) 6-3 in Linz last year. Expecting a similar scoreline, with Lapko’s solid hitting and retrieval skills frustrating the Russian, but the older player to come up tops in the end.
Watson d. Begu in two sets – Both are such inconsistent players and they are lingering outside the world’s top 60 after very mediocre 2018 seasons. Watson has had a few matches in qualifying and if she manages to find her form, her hard groundstrokes will definitely prevail against the Romanian.
Jabeur d. Bogdan in three sets – This one will come down to Jabeur more with her flashy play compared to Bogdan’s flat yet consistent groundstrokes. Both have very erratic results so this is pretty much 50-50. Slightly edging towards Jabeur I guess?
Schmiedlova d. Rodina in three sets – Both have such similar games and very similar weaknesses. Almost impossible to predict this one but I’ll go for Schmiedlova…?