Nature Valley Nottingham Open Predictions
Huge apologies for no predictions for the rest of the week! I was on vacation and the internet connection overseas wasn’t working.
Day 4 – Nottingham Predictions
Vekic d. Lapko in two sets – Vekic had some back issues in her first rounder but a win is a win and the three-set match would probably have boosted her confidence. I think Lapko is not too dangerous on grass and a hard-hitting but mostly accurate display will see her through this one.
Konta d. Watson in three sets – Konta leads the head to head 2-0, though only one of the matches was a completed one. Both Brits have been very inconsistent this season – I expect a really messy match.
Barty d. Duan in two sets – Duan is a dangerous player on this surface, but I doubt she’ll be able to consistently rally with Barty from the baseline, especially when she starts to use the slice and variety.
Stosur d. Boulter in two sets
Day 3 – Nottingham Predictions
Rybarikova d. Barthel in two sets – Barthel hasn’t been producing many good results of late and her hard hitting game has been very inconsistent. She won’t get any rhythm at all in this one with Rybarikova’s slice and defensive skills.
Osaka d. Allertova in three sets – I remember seeing a headline which mentioned Osaka said she plays better against higher ranked players, but again in Nottingham her opponent will be someone outside of the top 50. Allertova is a big-match player and is super dangerous on grass, but I expect Osaka’s stronger mental game to come through in the end.
Frech d. Jakupovic in two sets
Buzarnescu d. Falconi in three sets
Day 2 – Nottingham Predictions
Barty d. Voegele in two sets – Barty is great to watch on the grass and I don’t think Voegele will have the weapons or consistency to upset her.
Konta d. Nara in two sets – Konta has been really inconsistent of late, but I doubt Nara can hold up well in the baseline rallies, especially on grass. Konta leads the head to head 5-1, though they haven’t met since 2014.
Watson d. Lao in three sets – Watson always throws in a shocker or two and though this seems like a good draw on paper, I think she’ll make life difficult for herself but come out unscathed in the end.
Barthel d. Swan in two sets
Vekic d. Taylor in two sets
Wickmayer d. Boulter in three sets
Diyas d. Stosur in three sets
Buzarnescu d. Cepede Royg in two sets
Day 1 – Nottingham Predictions
Osaka d. Vickery in three sets – Vickery actually has reached the quarterfinals of this event before, back in 2015 as a qualifier. She has a decent record on this surface and I do feel she’ll give Osaka some problems early on. Osaka’s power should come through in the end though.
Rybarikova d. Ruse in two sets – Rybarikova’s game is amazing to watch on the grass and I think she’ll excel on it again this year.
Giorgi d. Jakupovic in two sets – Giorgi’s actually been pretty consistent this year and she’s dynamite to watch on the grass.
Duan d. Savinykh in two sets – Duan for the win.
Zheng d. Frech in three sets – Starting the year ranked No.161, Frech has done well to move up the rankings to No.119 and even made it directly to the main draw. She does not have a lot of experience on this surface though and I think Zheng’s previous qualifying matches and more experience on the grass will come through.
Falconi d. Rodionova in three sets – Falconi leads the head to head 4-1. This could be a crazy mess.
Allertova d. Ahn in three sets – I remember Ahn breaking through here last year with a huge win over Naomi Osaka. I have to go with Allertova’s big game on the grass though.
Fett d. Lapko in three sets – I like watching Lapko, but Fett on grass…