Rogers Cup Montreal Predictions
Day 6 – Montreal Predictions
Halep d. Barty in three sets – Halep will take this on her day but I am not so sure as she has played ton of matches this week and has been frustrated with the schedule thus far. While she played really well against Garcia, Barty is a totally different opponent and will mix up the speeds and spins. I think Halep may make a slow start but her quality will eventually shine through – fun fact: Barty is 1-9 against the trio of Wozniacki, Kerber and Svitolina, players who have the same counter-punching style as Halep.
Svitolina d. Stephens in three sets – Both players were mightily impressive during their quarterfinals so this is a really tough pick. Svitolina has went 2-0 when trying to defend a title this year (won Dubai, Rome) and is looking on track in Montreal once again. Stephens hasn’t lost a set this week, but this will be her first real test of the event.
Day 5 – Montreal Predictions
Barty d. Bertens in three sets – Preview
Stephens d. Sevastova in two sets – Stephens is thriving in North America again and I don’t see her struggling with Sevastova’s variety too much.
Halep d. Garcia in two sets – Other than a loss in Beijing, Halep has always thrived in this match-up as she can defend and force constant errors from Garcia. With the Frenchwoman’s level being unsteady this year, I expect Halep to take this comfortably.
Svitolina d. Mertens in three sets – Mertens won their previous match-up 6-1 6-1 in the Australian Open but I expect this to be much closer. Mertens needed to save match point against Sabalenka and will have a quick turnaround against a completely different type of player. I think Svitolina will come through in a scrappy encounter.
Day 4 – Montreal Predictions
Stephens d. Suarez Navarro in three sets – Suarez Navarro tends to play well against counter-punchers because she can get involved in long rallies and pull the trigger at an unexpected time. Stephens’ level has been extremely up and down this year and you just don’t know what to expect from her. I think her extra power and stronger mental strength could get her through this one if she is playing at a decent level.
Sharapova d. Garcia in three sets – Has not been convinced with Garcia’s tennis the whole of this year while Sharapova was extremely convincing in a perfect return match against Kasatkina yesterday. Garcia is a totally different opponent though and Sharapova will have to stay strong on her legs and attack whenever possible. If she does these well, I think she will be able to take advantage of Garcia’s inconsistency.
Barty d. Cornet in three sets – This could be a fun match as both players possess a ton of variety, but I’ll expect Barty to be more solid and secure a win.
Kvitova d. Bertens in two sets – Their last meeting in Madrid was very fun, but that was Bertens on her favourite surface. I think she’ll not be able to handle Kvitova’s power after a while if the Czech is on a hot streak.
Goerges d. Sevastova in two sets – Goerges leads the head to head 5-3, and she seems to thrive in this match-up where she can overpower the Latvian completely.
Day 3 – Montreal Predictions
Kerber d. Cornet in two sets – Kerber leads the head to head 3-1, but Cornet’s win came in their recent meeting in Beijing – however that came last year when Kerber’s form was in the doldrums. I wonder whether Angie will experience a post-Slam slump during the US hard court swing as she did have that in 2016 and she also has been seen with some tape on her left shoulder, so she is an uncertainty at the moment. Cornet’s been winning quite a lot of late but she hasn’t beaten a top 10 player on hard courts since September 2017. I think if Angie is healthy, she will win this in two tight.
Sharapova d. Kasatkina in three sets – This is going to be a very interesting match. Sharapova’s likely going for an all-out attack tactic, while Kasatkina will probably sit back behind the baseline and perturb Sharapova with her relentless defence and topspin. To me, this will come down to Sharapova as Kasatkina IMO always puts in a solid display against big-hitters. Sharapova has blown hot and cold this season so I’m on the fence…
Stephens d. Abanda in two sets – I think Abanda hits a big ball so she could cause some problems with the home support but I guess Stephens’ consistency will come through in the end.
Halep d. Pavlyuchenkova in two sets – Halep leads the head to head 7-0, and has only dropped two sets in this match-up. Pavlyuchenkova has lost eight straight matches against top ten players (excluding retirements) and has generally been terribly inconsistent this year.
Wozniacki d. Sabalenka in three sets – Sabalenka really competed well against Wozniacki in the Eastbourne final and with the Dane perhaps struggling with injury, she could perhaps have a chance at the upset. Wozniacki has been really disappointing since winning the Australian Open and I feel she has been hitting a lot of errors whilst trying to be more aggressive of late. Still, experience might pay off as Sabalenka’s game still will have the tendency to go awry.
Suarez Navarro d. Tsurenko in three sets – Both play a similar game and this will come down to who’s having the better stamina and confidence in that day. Suarez Navarro has played a few matches in Montreal already and perhaps will gain confidence from that.
Svitolina d. Buzarnescu in three sets – Buzarnescu leads the head to head 2-0 with wins on clay and grass against the Ukrainian this year, but Svitolina will probably stand a higher chance on hard courts. Buzarnescu’s been winning so many matches of late and I feel she must experience fatigue sooner or later but it’s not happening just yet! Svitolina has struggled for form since Rome but I think she’ll get off to a solid enough start here.
Sevastova d. Puig in two sets – Think Sevastova’s variety will be too much to handle unless Puig catches a hot streak.
Azarenka d. Konta in three sets – Both players were pretty impressive in their first rounders as Vika almost double bagelled Mladenovic, while JoKo scored an upset against Ostapenko. Good to see the back issue in San Jose has been dealt with for Azarenka as she always seems to find her best tennis on American hard courts. I think this will be a close baseline battle but Azarenka will be the more dynamic and mentally strong played.
V.Williams d. Cirstea in three sets – Venus finally got a straight-set win in ages against Dolehide but her form has still been pretty dire of late. Actually on the fence as Cirstea does have the power to outhit anyone on the tour, but the inconsistency is certainly lacking. This should be another very close encounter.
Ka.Pliskova d. Bertens in three sets
Mertens d. Zhang in two sets
Day 1 – Montreal Predictions
Goerges d. Babos in two sets – Babos hasn’t been able to win too many singles matches of late and a 0-6 1-6 loss to Sakkari in San Jose is pretty horrendous. Conversely, Goerges had done well throughout the whole grass court swing, and while a loss to Danilovic in Moscow is an outlier, I think she’ll get back to winning ways in Montreal.
Ka.Pliskova d. Siniakova in three sets – Preview
V.Williams d. Dolehide in three sets – This is a major upset alert as Venus has really struggled to gather straight-set wins this year, and Dolehide has pretty huge weapons like the big forehand and kick serve. I was not convinced by Venus’ form in San Jose, but I think experience might come through this time round.
Sharapova d. Karatantcheva in two sets – It seems like these two had some drama in the past which will make this a fascinating watch! The latter though hasn’t faced a top 50 player since February 2016 and even though Sharapova’s struggling for form, she should win this in straights.
Abanda d. Flipkens in three sets – Should be a messy watch but the home favourite could come through with the home support.
Kontaveit d. Makarova in two sets – Not convinced with Makarova’s form in singles on hard courts and I think Kontaveit could overpower her in the long rallies.
Strycova d. Rybarikova in three sets – The pair played a really good match on the grass courts of Birmingham, but I doubt it’ll be such a quality match this time round. Picking the higher-ranked player to come through here.
Cornet d. Maria in two sets – Preview
Osaka d. Suarez Navarro in three sets – This will largely depend on Osaka as she has the bigger groundstrokes and bigger game, but her injury in Washington seems serious. I think if she’s going to play then she should be pretty fit though.
Sevastova d. Krunic in two sets – Both players have similar gamestyles but Sevastova leads the head to head 4-3, and should be the more consistent and solid player.
Safarova d. Gavrilova in three sets – This has always been a fun match-up between offense and defense. Safarova leads the head to head 4-2 and is having the better form of the two – Gavrilova has struggled to close out matches all year and has had problems with her serve.
Boulter d. Tsurenko in three sets – Tsurenko hasn’t played since Wimbledon and Boulter’s power game could cause her some troubles.