Madrid 2018 WTA – Daily Predictions

Mutua Madrid Open Predictions

Day 8 – Madrid Predictions

Kvitova d. Bertens in three sets – It’s too bad I haven’t been able to watch much tennis in Madrid so I’m unable to write an accurate full preview about the match. Kiki will be gunning for her biggest ever title so I’m guessing there will be some nerves. Kvitova sported strapping on her thigh so I wonder if she’ll be finally feeling some fatigue. Tough…

Day 7 – Madrid Predictions

Garcia d. Bertens in three sets – I haven’t really watched any Garcia matches this week but she’s been pretty solid in all of her matches so far. Garcia possesses more power and weapons than Bertens and I wonder if the match against Sharapova would have physically taken a toil on her. 

Ka.Pliskova d. Kvitova in two sets – The Czechs are both bringing nine-match winning streaks into this one and are both playing amazing tennis at the moment. Once again, I feel that Kvitova will finally feel some fatigue and it’ll be tough to outlast a high in confidence Pliskova if she does feel so.

Day 6 – Madrid Predictions

Garcia d. Suarez Navarro in three sets Suarez Navarro’s matches so far will definitely take a toil on her – physically (two three-setters in a row) and emotionally (playing in her home country). Garcia’s been gaining confidence after every win and is looking pretty solid at the moment. I’m going for the Frenchwoman.

Halep d. Ka.Pliskova in three setsI’m actually really tempted to go with Karolina on this one – Pliskova’s on an eight-match winning streak, while Halep been breezing through her draw with her opponents giving her little stress so far. However, playing a counter-puncher, especially with the 6-1 head to head in favour of Halep will be a difficult stumbling block for Pliskova. I’m hoping for a thrilling encounter…

Kasatkina d. Kvitova in two sets Both needed to get through tough three-setters in their previous matches, so who wins this? It will likely come down to Kvitova as she is obviously the more powerful player of the two. I suspect this could be the match that Kvitova starts to tire and make too many unforced errors.

Sharapova d. Bertens in three setsBoth players are great performers on the clay and also did really well against Mladenovic and Wozniacki respectively to finish off in two sets. This could be a real test for Sharapova who hasn’t dropped a set enroute to this stage yet. I think Maria’s mental toughness and experience at the big stages will be the key factor.

Day 5 – Madrid Predictions

Previews for Sharapova-Mladenovic, Ka.Pliskova-Stephens, Wozniacki-Bertens & Garcia-Goerges HERE

Previews for Muguruza-Kasatkina, Halep-Kr.Pliskova, Kvitova-Kontaveit & Suarez Navarro-Pera HERE

Halep d. Kr.Pliskova in two sets

Kasatkina d. Muguruza in three sets

Ka.Pliskova d. Stephens in three sets

Sharapova d. Mladenovic in two sets

Wozniacki d. Bertens in three sets

Suarez Navarro d. Pera in two sets

Garcia d. Goerges in three sets

Kvitova d. Kontaveit in three sets

Day 4 – Madrid Predictions

Kvitova d. Puig in two sets – It’s great to see Monica get some wins and hopefully she’ll be able to find back her form soon. Kvitova is on fire at the moment and I don’t see her stopping right now.

Halep d. Mertens in two sets – Halep is on a 13-match winning streak in Madrid while Mertens has won 13 consecutive WTA matches – who will come through? I’m so excited for this and hopefully it won’t be a letdown. I think Halep will come through in two-tight – Mertens will definitely feel some nerves coming into this one, and she must also be feeling some fatigue having withdrawn from the doubles due to GI illness.

Muguruza d. Vekic in two sets – Vekic is 2-10 lifetime against top 10 players and I don’t think she’ll have the consistency to trouble Muguruza. 

Svitolina d. Suarez Navarro in three sets – Suarez Navarro is a joy to watch on clay and although she beat Svitolina in their previous encounter in IW, I think she will come up short this time. Svitolina hopefully can continue how aggressive she was against Cornet and if she’s unaffected by the partisan crowd, I think she can serve up some revenge.

Konta d. Pera in three sets – Pera won their previous meeting at the AO this year in which was one of the upsets of the tournament. I think Konta is feeling much more confident than she was at that point as showcased in her first round match against Rybarikova. 

Kontaveit d. Sasnovich in two sets – Kontaveit seems to be extremely high in confidence right now and when she’s hitting balls left and right and making her opponent move around the court, no one can stop her.

Sorribes Tormo d. Kr.Pliskova in three sets – I wonder if Pliskova can deal with Sorribes Tormo’s lack of pace and defending, especially on a clay court. Could be a complete mess.

Kasatkina d. Cirstea in three sets – Both players can have wild off days but I’m more inclined to pick Kasatkina on clay here. If Cirstea is on her peak day thoughit could be a tough tussle…

Day 3 – Madrid Predictions

Sharapova d. Begu in two sets – Sharapova has not lost a set to Begu in three previous meetings but expect a tighter match than their previous ones as Begu always thrives on clay (and especially in Madrid). Sharapova though was pretty convincing in her first round encounter against Buzarnescu (except when closing out the first set) and I’ll expect her to have not too many problems for this one.

Azarenka d. Ka.Pliskova in three sets – Went for Pliskova to come through originally but Azarenka was so convincing against Krunic, I can’t go against her this time round. Azarenka leads the head to head 3-1, including in Miami a month ago where Vika won 7-5 6-3. Karolina’s game has improved since then

Garcia d. Martic in three sets – Garcia seems to be improving and growing in confidence of late. Martic will put up a good fight but from what I’ve seen from Garcia in Stuttgart, she should be more clutch in key moments.

Wozniacki d. Barty in two sets – Surprised to see Barty come out with the win against Errani! I guess she’s starting to learn to adapt to the surface. Wozniacki looked good in her first rounder and with a day’s rest, should probably be too solid for Barty.

Goerges d. Arruabarrena in two sets – Goerges leads the head to head 2-0, but this will be their first meeting on clay. I wonder if Goerges will be affected by the home crowds and Arruabarrena’s lack of pace on her shots. If she produces a decent enough level though I will expect her to come through.

Stephens d. Stosur in three sets – Both players are super inconsistent at the moment – Stephens can’t seem to get good wins outside of the US, while Stosur is extremely low on confidence right now. Stosur leads the head to head 2-1, but Stephens is probably the more solid player out of the two.

Mladenovic d. Zhang in three sets – Zhang seems to be finding some form after a semifinal run in Prague, while Mladenovic is still as streaky as ever but a win against Stuttgart finalist Vandeweghe is a decent one. I expect Mladenovic to be the more versatile player, especially on this surface (and she also leads the head to head 3-1).

Bertens d. Sevastova in three sets – Both are brilliant players on the clay but I’m expecting Bertens’ firepower to come through. Sevastova wasn’t convincing when closing out her R1 match against Schmiedlova yesterday.

Day 2 – Madrid Predictions

Wozniacki d. Gavrilova in two setsI’m surprised Gavrilova is going to play as she had just suffered from a terrible injury a week ago in Prague. Clay is not Wozniacki’s surface but I doubt Gavrilova has enough weapons to test the Dane too much.

Halep d. Makarova in two setsPreview

Muguruza d. Peng in three setsPreview

Kvitova d. Tsurenko in three setsTough turnaround for Kvitova having just won the Prague title yesterday. Kvitova always seems to play well in Madrid (conditions are faster here than usual clay) but a solid Tsurenko could stand a chance for the win if Petra has an erratic display. Still going for the in-form Czech though.

Suarez Navarro d. Strycova in two setsSuarez Navarro actually leads the head to head 6-1, and has won their past five encounters. Strycova is on a five-match losing streak and isn’t the best player on clay…

Sharapova d. Buzarnescu in two setsSharapova’s on a three-match losing streak but I think she’ll be super motivated to break that here. Buzarnescu will be coming from the Prague final and she’ll probably feel some fatigue.

Keys d. Sorribes Tormo in three setsThis is going to be a hilarious match-up and I’m so intrigued to see if Keys can deal with Sorribes Torino’s lack of pace and moonballs. Keys will probably need some time to adjust to the altitude and unique conditions in Madrid. I’ll still expect Keys’ experience to come through unless she is having a horrible day…

Konta d. Rybarikova in three setsKonta leads the head to head 2-0 but this will be a first match-up on clay. Before I saw the draw I thought Konta was the seed – it turned out that Magda was the seed and Jo was unseeded! Both are not the most comfortable on this surface but the Madrid conditions is slightly in Konta’s favour.

Azarenka d. Krunic in two setsKrunic is a good clay courter but her loss to Tomljanovic in Rabat was pretty surprising to me after having watched the first few games where Krunic was in control. This is Azarenka’s first match since Miami but she’s showed this year that she doesn’t need too much match practice to get back into form. I’m picking Vika in two tight sets.

Stephens d. Soler-Espinosa in three setsOn paper this is a great draw from Stephens but her lack of form outside the US is worrying. Coming from qualifying, Soler-Espinosa would have had been adapted to the conditions but her last WTA main draw win was back in 2016, Bogota! I suspect she’ll be generally not clutch in the big moments and eventually give Stephens the win.

Vekic d. Garcia Perez in two setsHmm, Vekic is not the most consistent player ever but I’m not sure Garcia Perez can take advantage?

Stosur d. Pavlyuchenkova in three sets Pavlyuchenkova leads the head to head 4-3 and has won their three most recent meetings but Stosur is the more comfortable player on clay. Prague would probably have given Stosur some confidence after a tough Fed Cup weekend.

Collins d. Sasnovich in three setsWow, Collins is really on fire at the moment! I don’t think Sasnovich will be able to perform her best during this clay swing having seen a little of her performances of late.

Puig d. Diyas in three setsI really have no idea with these two players…

Sevastova d. Schmiedlova in three setsSchmiedlova seems to be on the comeback trail right now but Sevastova’s guile and variety on clay should be too much for her.

Osaka d. Zhang in two setsOsaka leads the head to head 2-1 and in their past two meetings completely blasted Zhang off with her power. I suspect this could happen again.

Kr.Pliskova d. Vikhlyantseva in three sets Both players can be very erratic at times – I’m on the fence but eventually going with the higher ranked player.

Siniakova d. Cirstea in two setsGoing for Siniakova having seen some of her best tennis last week in Prague. Cirstea hasn’t been playing her best tennis of late.

Mertens d. Van Uytvanck in threeBattle of the Belgians – will be a quick turnaround from Mertens having won her 4th WTA title in Rabat yesterday. Van Uytvanck definitely prefers faster surfaces though and I don’t think she can take advantage…

Sabalenka d. Pera in three sets Sounds like a fun match-up but I’m going for Sabalenka’s ferocious power.

Errani d. Barty in two sets Not sure about this, Errani is obviously the better player on clay but a poor performance from her will see Barty take the win.

Day 1 – Madrid Predictions

Svitolina d. Cornet in two sets – Svitolina has won their last two match-ups (on clay courts). Cornet has been very erratic of late and I don’t think she’ll be able to maintain a solid enough level against a usually consistent Svitolina.

Garcia d. Cibulkova in two sets Preview

Arruabarrena d. Kostyuk in three sets Preview

V.Williams d. Kontaveit in three sets Preview

Ostapenko d. Begu in three sets – Begu’s a really competent clay courter and has reached the third round of Madrid for three consecutive years. This is not going to be an easy opener for Ostapenko given the special conditions in Madrid but I’m still going for the Latvian player as she looked pretty good in her first clay court event of the year in Stuttgart.

Kuznetsova d. Martic in three sets – Definitely I sense some upset alert bells ringing – Martic can play on a clay court and Kuznetsova’s just coming back from an injury but she has finally gotten some wins in Istanbul and should be heading here with some confidence. I’ll go for the 2017 semifinalist to come through in three tough sets.

Ka.Pliskova d. Vesnina in two sets – Pliskova is definitely coming into Madrid with a great deal of confidence. Vesnina hasn’t done anything notable this year and only has six match wins so far.

Mladenovic d. Vandeweghe in three sets Preview