Kremlin Cup Moscow 2017 Predictions
Kasatkina d. Goerges in three – Providing Kasatkina doesn’t feel any pressure, I think her excellent return skills throughout the tournament and her consistency takes her this. Goerges will need to play a blinder against the Russian who absolutely loves the conditions.
Kasatkina d. Begu in two – Kasatkina leads the head to head 4-1, including their last three encounters. After seeing her match against Sasnovich I can see why she loves playing in Moscow, the conditions just suit her to a tee. Begu just barely escaped from the loss and if she can’t produce her best tennis I think Kasatkina should be able to dominate this one.
Goerges d. Vikhlyantseva in three – This one’s definitely going to be a hard-hitting encounter! Vikhlyantseva was super clutch against Cornet but I wonder if this will be one match too much for her as she seemed to be struggling with a thigh injury. Her serve wasn’t also that good than against Vesnina. If Vikhlyantseva struggles with her movement then she could be blown away by Goerges’ power. Goerges has been so consistent in 2017
Kasatkina d. Sasnovich in three – Sasnovich is definitely coming into this with confidence after her second top 20 win over Mladenovic. She has mentioned that she didn’t feel like she was playing at her best and that she loves playing indoors. That spells some trouble for Kasatkina, but she loves playing here also, and has been super dominant in her first two matches here.
Lapko d. Begu in two – Nice win for Begu over Sevastova but I’m not convinced with her form at all – as much as she has been brilliant at times this year, she has lost seven times to a player outside the top 100 this year. Lapko has won her last 20 out of 23 matches and won two ITFs during this period.
Vikhlyantseva d. Cornet in three – I like how Cornet has been playing over the last few weeks; she has won her last nine out of 12 matches. However here she’s playing a super confident Vikhlyantseva, where the indoor conditions suit her game a lot. She won 89% of first serve points against Vesnina and did not face a single break point.
Goerges d. Tsurenko in two – Tsurenko actually leads the head to head 3-1, but the conditions suit Goerges’ game and she has been super consistent this year, winning 41 matches.
Mladenovic d. Sasnovich in three – Even though Mladenovic is on a nine-match losing streak, I think she has a shot at a first victory since Washington as she has been really positive with her words and conferences in Moscow. Sasnovich is not going to be easy, but I think if Mladenovic continues staying positive the win should be hers.
Kasatkina d. Siniakova in three – This could be a match-up we would be seeing in years to come! Whilst Siniakova’s best would beat Kasatkina, the Russian has always done well in her home country and Siniakova’s good days have been rare since winning the title in Bastad.
Sevastova d. Begu in two – Sevastova is on a three-match losing streak but Begu’s is even worse – her win yesterday was only her third win in nine matches. Sevastova also leads the head to head, 3-1.
Gavrilova d. Lapko in three – Lapko’s win yesterday was just her second WTA main draw victory. Gavrilova should win easily on paper but given her marathon three-setter yesterday against Kr.Pliskova, I am not so sure… Cornet d. Rybarikova in three – My pick of the day! Cornet leads the head to head 3-1, but they haven’t met since 2014. Cornet looked really good against Makarova and should be coming into this match-up with confidence.
Vikhlyantseva d. Vesnina in three – Vesnina has a really bad 7-14 record in Moscow and she hasn’t made a quarterfinal since winning the title in Indian Wells. Vikhlyantseva thrives indoors and should pressurize Vesnina with her huge strokes.
Goerges d. Putintseva in two – Form, head to head, everything points to Goerges…
Vandeweghe d. Tsurenko in two – I don’t see what Tsurenko can do to harm a confident Vandeweghe, especially on a quick indoor surface like Moscow.
Babos d. Sasnovich in two – Sasnovich has not done much during the fall whilst Babos is at her best form, winning her last two of three singles tournaments.
Vekic d. Siniakova in three – Vekic has lost her last four matches, seemingly struggling with a little injury since retiring in an ITF tournament. Siniakova’s form is even worse though – she hasn’t won two matches in a row since winning the title in Bastad.
Kasatkina d. Pavlyuchenkova in three – Indoor Pavs is always dangerous but she’s coming off the Hong Kong final which would definitely put a toll on her. Kasatkina has always done well in Moscow, reaching semis in 2016 and quaters in 2017 so I’m convinced she’ll do well again.
Begu d. Rybakina in three – Begu has lost her last six of eight matches so this is a golden opportunity for the 18 year-old from Russia. I think Begu’s experience will ultimately prevail though.
Lapko d. Zanveska in two – Zanveska has lost her last four out of five matches. Coming from qualies I think Lapko should be adapted to the surface.
Kr.Pliskova d. Gavrilova in three – I think the indoor surface will help Kr.Pliskova a lot here. Gavrilova is also just coming off the Hong Kong final and it’ll be tough to recover physically and mentally. It wouldn’t be surprising if this turns out to be an epic…
Sharapova d. Rybarikova in three – Both players are coming off finals from last week – Sharapova in Tianjin and Rybarikova in Linz, but Rybarikova seemed injured during the final. If she does play, I think she’ll still give Sharapova a run for her money given that the Russian has struggled with the slice since her comeback. The fighting spirit of Sharapova should prevail though.
Makarova d. Cornet in two – Cornet has been doing well in the Asian swing but I think she is a good match-up for Makarova as the Russian can deal well with variety and has time to set up her aggressive strokes.
Vikhlyantseva d. Kanepi in three – Kanepi is in-form, having won the ITF event in Estonia and reached the quarterfinals in the US Open and also qualified for the main draw here. Vikhlyantseva tends to peak in indoor tournaments though and I’ll give her the nod here.
Goerges d. Monova in two – Goerges for the win.
Putintseva d. Pervushina in three – Putintseva is really struggling of late and Pervushina, the World No.547 has a chance here, but I’ll expect her nerves to get the better of her in the end.
McHale d. Tsurenko in two – Tsurenko is in need of wins at the moment – she hasn’t won two matches in a row since Stanford while McHale is in a really good place during the Asian swing.
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