Hong Kong Open 2017 Predictions
Pavlyuchenkova d. Gavrilova in three – Could be a really fun one with their differing styles. Haven’t watch their semifinal matches so I don’t know how they’re playing, but Pavlyuchenkova seems on form right now with comfortable wins over Osaka and Wang. Her game could overpower anyone on her day.
Brady d. Gavrilova in three – These players are at the end of the spectrum – Brady hits a hard ball while Gavrilova mixes things up a lot. Brady is looking super good in Hong Kong, having not dropped a set yet – while Gavrilova has been struggling here, especially on serve yesterday, hititng 16 double faults. I think if Brady can tone down the pressure and dictate play here, forcing Gavrilova to make more errors, she can make her first WTA final.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Wang in three – The last time they met, Pavlyuchenkova won a tight three-setter in Tokyo. I believe Wang can make things difficult again but she seemed to be struggling with illness against Stosur (stunning how she won it in straights in the end!). I suspect Pavlyuchenkova’s power will be too much for her in the end.
Brady d. Gibbs in two – Brady was soooo impressive against Zhang! I’m really surprised but maybe it because the monkey has got off her back after finally getting her first main draw win on the WTA this year. If she manages to replicate that performance, it’s going to be a win again.
Gavrilova d. Cabera in two – Gavrilova for the win if she manages to make things not complicated.
Wang d. Stosur in three – Good win for Stosur against Radwanska – however I don’t think she’ll be able to replicate the performance here against a more powerful edition of Radwanska this year. Wang has been so solid!
Osaka d. Pavlyuchenkova in three – The best quarterfinal of the lot! Betwene both aggressive players, it obviously could go either way but Pavlyuchenkova hasn’t faced much difficult opposition this week, while Osaka was very impressive against Venus in the second round.
Svitolina d. Gibbs in two – Don’t think Gibbs has the consistency to cause too many problems for Svitolina.
S.Zhang d. Brady in two – Zhang is oozing with confidence right now, think Brady can’t do much.
Wozniacki d. Cabera in two – Wozniacki to win.
Gavrilova d. Rogers in three – The pair played an epic match at the US Open where Rogers edged it out, 7-6 4-6 7-6. Both players made it through tough two-set openers but it seemed like Rogers was struggling with the heat and humidity (classic Asia) during the course of the match. Against Gavrilova who retireves everything back I’m not sure Rogers will be able to be that patient…
Wang d. Kumkhum in three – Kumkhum can win this but I’m not sure if she’ll be able to outlast Wang in rallies. Wang is so consistent and could drive Kumkhum crazy.
Radwanska d. Stosur in two – Stosur actually leads the head to head 3-1, but is still on the comeback trail and the confidence doesn’t seem back yet. I think Stosur will need a couple more matches to get her momentum back thus I’ve gone for Radwanska.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Cako in two – Pavlyuchenkova to win.
Williams d. Osaka in two – I think Osaka has a slim shot at the upset as she has the staying power to match Williams shot for shot. However, the Japanese player’s confidence is clearly not there yet but she finally managed to snap a five-match losing streak yesterday. If Williams is able to rush Osaka into errors than the winner will be the American.
Svitolina d. Diyas in two – Diyas won her first WTA title in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago but Svitolina should be too strong for her with her defensive skills. Diyas is 2-13 against top 10 players (lone wins over Jankovic and Petkovic)
Gibbs d. Grammatikopoulou in two – Grammatikopoulou for the longest name winner but Gibbs for the win in the match.
Brady d. Eguchi in three – Went for Eguchi in draw challenge but it doesn’t seem right as she is on a six-match losing streak, but Brady hasn’t won a WTA main draw match all year! Surely that would have to come soon…
S.Zhang d. Nara in two – I don’t think Nara has the weapons to cause an in-form Zhang too many problems.
Wozniacki d. Bouchard in two – Bouchard is a great match-up for Wozniacki as she can thrive on errors from Bouchard. The Canadian is also super low on confidence right now.
Cabera d. Aoyama in three – Don’t know both of them but Cabera won their only encounter!
Rogers d. Jang in two – Think it’s a good opener for Rogers.
Gavrilova d. Kato in three – Kato is in-form right now, having won 11 out of her 13 matches and reached her first WTA final in Tokyo. She has the weapons and with her confidence, she has a chance at the upset against a comparatively low in confidence Gavrilova, who has suffered some disappointing losses of late.
Vesnina d. Kumkhum in two – Kumkhum is a dangerous player and reached the semifinals in Seoul but I don’t think she’ll have the staying power to to oust Vesnina.
Wang d. Chang in two – Chang leads the head to head 3-1 and I’ve watched her game before and it’s impressive but she can be prone to too many errors and she’s not in-form either, with an 18-25 record on the season. The much more consistent Wang should prevail.
Stosur d. Lee in two – Good for Stosur who finally won a match since her comeback; don’t see why she can’t win this against a World No.302.
Radwanska d. L.Zhang in two – Overall, good draw on paper for Radwanska.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Babos in three – The pair played each other in a grueling three-set battle in Monterrey where Pavs won. Pavlyuchenkova is playing good tennis now having reached the final in Tokyo earlier this Asian swing, while Babos has made back to back finals in Quebec City and Tashkent. This could be another long battle…
Cako d. Hon in three – I don’t even know who are these two! Cako had a slightly smoother route in qualifying so yeah.
Osaka d. Guarachi in two – Good opener on paper for Osaka.
Williams d. Ozaki in three – Venus’ first match since the semifinals at the US Open; I’m guessing she will be coming to Asia a little fatigued. Ozaki is those type of players who will chase every ball down and that could trouble Williams a little but I guess the latter will eventually come through.
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