Upper Austria Ladies Linz 2017 Predictions
Strycova d. Rybarikova in three
Rybarikova d. Golubic in three – I think this is going to be a fun and tight one, I’ll pick Rybarikova who probably has the more confidence to edge this one if it goes three.
Strycova d. Buzarnescu in two – Strycova’s net tactics against Maria were superb and I think it’s a really good way to handle Buzarnescu’s baseline game.
Rybarikova d. Cirstea in three – Fully expect this one to go the distance, could be really fun! Rybarikova’s tactical awareness could pay off at the end though.
Larsson d. Golubic in two – Finally Golubic is getting some form but it’s probably too little too late – she’s defending tons of points. Larsson’s splendid indoor play should win this.
Bencic d. Buzarenscu in two – I’m going Bencic because I don’t know much about Buzarnescu. Both hare having awesome runs in Linz this week.
Strycova d. Maria in two – Both have similar games, but Strycova indoors for the win.
Rybarikova d. Witthoeft in two – I think Witthoeft can cause difficulties for Rybarikova in these conditions but I don’t think she’ll be consistent enough to do so.
Vikhlyantseva d. Cirstea in three – I think if Vikhlyantseva manages to stay consistent enough, she could have a shot at the upset as she is super dangerous indoors,
Larsson d. Lepchenko in two – Larsson is another player who thrives in European indoor tournaments and I think Lepchenko will not be able to stay with Larsson in rallies.
Golubic d. Tomova in three – Super happy to see Golubic back to winning ways as she really peaked against Siniakova. I would love to see Golubic win this one, she has done well here in the past too…
Arruabarrena d. Bencic in three – Extremely happy for Bencic who got her first WTA main draw win since her comeback. While I think she has a chance in this one, I’m not sure she has the consistency to be able to outlast Arruabarrena in rallies.
Tomljanovic d. Buzarnescu in three – Not sure about this one to be honest, both made it through tough openers.
Maria d. Kuzmova in two – I don’t really know much about Kuzmova! I think Maria will win this with her variety.
Strycova d. Fett in two – Fett can be dangerous but I think Strycova will be way too solid and frustrate the qualifier.
Rybarikova d. Hogenkamp in two – To be honest, haven’t watched a Hogenkamp match before. Don’t think she has the staying power to outlast Rybarikova.
Witthoeft d. Haas in two – Should be OK for Witthoeft.
Vikhylantseva d. Cepede Royg in three – Vikhlyantseva hasn’t done much since St.Petersburg, while there has been nothing very impressive for Cepede Royg since Roland Garros. Linz is indoors thus I think the conditions could suit Vikhlyantseva more.
Cirstea d. Van Uytvanck in three – Toss up, both are erratic on their days but both have produced good results of late with quarterfinals for Cirstea in Beijing and title in Quebec City for Van Uytvanck. Going for the seeded player here.
Lepchenko d. Bertens in three – Lepchenko leads the head to head 3-1 and Bertens has lost her last six of seven matches.
Larsson d. Cepelova in three – Well, completely clueless… Larsson’s the slightly better player IMO and she leads the head to head 1-0.
Tomova d. Broady in two – Watched Broady’s final qualifying match and she looked injured, her movement was pretty bad. Expecting Tomova to get through.
Siniakova d. Golubic in two – Siniakova has been struggling since Bastad but Golubic has been even worse, having won only five WTA matches this year and she is set to tumble down the rankings having made the final here last year…
Niculescu d. Arruabarrena in three – This could be a complete dragfest with the slower conditions in Linz! Arruabarrena leads the head to head 2-1, including a win in 2016 in the Seoul final in a crazy 6-0 2-6 6-0 scoreline. Niculescu looked OK in Beijing and solely because of that I’ve gone for her.
Flipkens d. Bencic in three – Welcome back, Bencic! The Swiss will be playing her first WTA main draw since her comeback, having been thriving on the ITF circuit in her last few tournaments. I think Flipkens will be a tough one for her as she will probably be the first player Bencic has played with the constant slice.
Puig d. Tomljanovic in three – This could be a complete mess between two aggressive players. Puig has found some form in Asia while Tomljanovic hasn’t played much on the main circuit.
Kontaveit d. Buzarnescu in three – Confidence is low for Kontaveit right now as she has lost five of her last six matches. I think Buzarnescu, who came from qualifying, should be adapted to the conditions and cause some problems for Kontaveit, I’ll still expect the seeded player to get through this though.
Jabeur d. Maria in three – I think Jabeur can handle Maria’s variety and power past the German.
Kuzmova d. Friedsam in two – Welcome back to the tour, Friedsam! The German is playing her first tour match since picking up an injury at the US Open last year. I think Kuzmova will be a step too high for Friedsam as the qualifier has already played some matches here.
Allertova d. Fett in two – Allertova always plays well indoors, especially in Linz.
Strycova d. Brengle in two – After a medicore summer, Strycova has found form in Asia. I think she’ll be able to set up her aggressive groundstrokes with Brengle’s lack of pace.
Full Draw Predictions