2017 New Haven Open Predictions
Cibulkova d. Gavrilova in three – Both have really similar games and are aggressive counterpunchers – I’ll go with Cibulkova who has the better experience in finals.
Radwanska d. Gavrilova in two – Preview
Cibulkova d. Mertens in two – Cibulkova seems to be finding some form here. I think Mertens is a good match-up for Cibulkova as the Slovak has a little more time to set up her big shots plus Mertens must be feeling some fatigue having played five matches this week.
Radwanska d. Peng in three – Peng has been injured the past couple of weeks so I wonder if she will crumble during the match. Radwanska produced an unconvincing performance against Bouchard but if she manages to retrieve more balls I think Peng will break down.
Gavrilova d. Flipkens in two – I think Gavrilova will deal well with the Flipkens slice. If she also plays more aggressively she should be able to overpower the qualifier.
Cibulkova d. Pavlyuchenkova in three – Cibulkova leads the head to head 5-3. Although both are generally patchy, Pavlyuchenkova has lost her focus in recent matches so I’ll go with Cibulkova.
Round 2 (6/8)
Radwanska d. Bouchard in two – Radwanska leads the head to head 3-0 and has won all encounters in straights. Although in bad form, the New Haven courts suit Radwanska’s game perfectly and Bouchard will need to produce a near-perfect performance to outlast the Pole. If Bouchard is in peak form she has a slight chance to win this, but if anything less Radwanska will sweep it up.
Peng d. Lucic-Baroni in three – It seems that Lucic-Baroni’s struggling with a shoulder injury and that could be the cause of her bad form of late. Peng is also sporting strapping on her thigh but she is the more solid player. Anything patchy from Lucic-Baroni and Peng will take this.
Gavrilova d. Babos in two – In the previous round Babos beat Mladenovic in which was her first Top 25 win of the season and first Top 100 win since Indian Wells. However she was still scrappy in the match and will need to produce a blistering performance to get past the defenses of Gavrilova. Her bad form doesn’t suggest she will be able to do so though…
Bogdan d. Flipkens in three – Clueless for this one with such little data. Bogdan has a big game and blasted past Vesnina. She could win this one if she manages to overpower Flipkens too.
Kasatkina d. Mertens in two – Mertens has won four matches this week and I think she will feel some fatigue sooner or later. Kasatkina produced a great display of controlled aggression against Strycova and if she is able to replicate it she should be able to break the defenses of Mertens.
Zhang d. Linette in two – Zhang leads the head to head 2-0 and should be high on confidence after the win over Kvitova.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Suarez Navarro in three – Pavlyuchenkova leads the head to head 6-1 but Suarez Navarro’s only win was their recent encounter in 2015. Suarez Navarro produced a sound display especially on her forehand side against Cepelova and if Pavlyuchenkova plays a little patchy the Spaniard should take it. I’ll still side with the head to head though and pick Pavlyuchenkova…
Cibulkova d. Cornet in three – Tough to decide with the pair playing their tenth match against each other. The slow conditions will suit Cornet a little better and she should be used to it after a match already. Cibulkova will take time to adjust but when’s she in the groove, I feel she will win this.
Round 1 (6/13)
Davis d. Bouchard in two – Davis is 0-5 since Eastbourne while Bouchard is 2-6 since Roland Garros. Davis is the more consistent player though so I’ll pick her.
Kontaveit d. Lucic-Baroni in two – Lucic-Baroni’s on a bad losing streak while Kontaveit’s in great form.
Peng d. Siniakova in three – Both players are in good form in recent weeks with Siniakova claiming the Bastad title and Peng winning the Nanchang trophy. Both have similar games, aggressive but consistent as well. Wary of Siniakova’s emotions as she will find it tough to get past the defense of Peng so the Chinese player should edge this…
Mladenovic d. Babos in two – Mladenovic leads the head to head 4-2 and if you didn’t know, they are former doubles partners and friends. Although both are in dire form right now, Babos’ whole season has been miserable. I don’t think she’ll have the confidence and belief that she can beat Mladenovic.
Gavrilova d. Kr.Pliskova in three – Wary but I’ll go with Gavrilova the more solid and consistent player. The New Haven courts are really slow and will not help Pliskova. Just happy that Pliskova’s back in action after that freak accident in Nanchang.
Tsurenko d. Flipkens in three – Flipkens leads the head to head 2-1 but Tsurenko’s the more solid player and deals well with slice and variety.
Vesnina d. Bogdan in two – Bogdan has had a good week but Vesnina’s quality should shine through.
Kasatkina d. Strycova in three – Thoughts
Mertens d. Bertens in three – Battle of the -ertens! In their only previous match-up Mertens beat the Dutchwoman enroute to the title in Hobart. I think Mertens has the game to break down the Bertens backhand and continue her good form from qualifying. Just my opinion though but it could really go either way.
Vinci d. Linette in two – From my faint memory of Linette’s gamestyle, I don’t think she deals very well with slice and variety.
Kvitova d. Zhang in two – Thoughts
Pavlyuchenkova d. McHale in two – If Pavlyuchenkova’s solid enough she should be able to beat a struggling McHale who came into the main draw as a lucky loser.
Suarez Navarro d. Cepelova in two – Suarez Navarro has the more solid game to break down Cepelova.
Cornet d. Putintseva in three – Love love love! Cornet leads the head to head 2-0 and should take this one with Putintseva in bad form. Hopefully drama is peak!
Full Draw Predictions
*main draw just started and Kontaveit ruined everything smh*