Prague Open Predictions
Day 6 – Prague Predictions
Kvitova d. Buzarnescu in two sets
Day 5 – Prague Predictions
Kvitova d. Zhang in two sets – The head to head is tied at two wins apiece, but Kvitova is playing at an extremely high level right now. Zhang has an an extremely comfortable draw so far – Kvitova will be her first top 50 opponent of the year.
Giorgi d. Buzarnescu in two sets – Peak Giorgi is on fire right now, don’t think Buzarnescu has the weapons to stop her…
Day 4 – Prague Predictions
Kvitova d. Siniakova in three sets
Zhang d. Paolini in two sets
Kr.Pliskova d. Buzarnescu in three sets
Giorgi d. Stosur in three sets
Day 3 – Prague Predictions
Kvitova d. Vikhlyantseva in two sets – Vikhlyantseva can match Kvitova for power, but I don’t think she’ll have the consistency to upset the home favourite.
Siniakova d. Alexandrova in two sets – I love watching Siniakova play and she was fantastic in many areas in her first round win against Petkovic. She can have off days though and Alexandrova’s a decent player who can take advantage, but I think the home crowd will be able to push Siniakova through this obstacle.
Stosur d. Allertova in two sets – I’m not convinced by Stosur’s level yet but she should be able to do enough to get over the line against Allertova.
Wang d. Kr.Pliskova in three sets – Wang’s solid shotmaking could stand a chance against Kr.Pliskova’s power, especially on this surface. I think Wang can exploit Kr.Pliskova’s movement with her good defensive skills.
Giorgi d. Korpatsch in two sets – Peak Giorgi was in the house yesterday against Strycova… You never know what you’re going to get from her but a decent enough level from Giorgi should be able to get past Korpatsch.
Schmiedlova d. Paolini in three sets – I’m pretty surprised Paolini scored the upset win against Kasatkina. She leads the head to head against AKS 2-0, with both matches coming this year. I think Schmiedlova is high on confidence right now and should be able to outlast Paolini in a gruelling match.
Buzarnescu d. Lottner in three sets – Lottner was impressive against Barthel yesterday but I don’t think she can sustain this level, especially against a solid player in Buzarnescu.
Zhang d. Ruse in two sets – I’ve watched Ruse once and I think she can make life difficult for Zhang. Still, Shuai’s experience to come through in two sets.
Day 2 – Prague Predictions
Kvitova d. Smitkova in two sets – I can’t figure which Petra will come out today but a solid enough performance should get her the win.
Strycova d. Giorgi in three sets – This match-up makes me laugh – Strycova’s dramatic antics vs Giorgi’s usually poker face. Strycova is on a five-match losing streak but leads the head to head 2-0. Both do not like the clay but this surface should give Strycova more time to deal with Giorgi’s hard-hitting.
Kr.Pliskova d. Sasnovich in three sets – The last time they met was in this year’s Miami Open where the quality was just… bad. In the end Sasnovich came up trumps in the end in an epic three-setter. I don’t think that Sasnovich’s game is suited to the clay and Kr.Pliskova should be motivated coming into this tournament as she has a ton of points to defend.
Kasatkina d. Paolini in two sets – Kasatkina’s tactical awareness and smart play should be too much for Paolini to handle.
Barthel d. Lottner in two sets – Both play a similar brand of tennis but I’m going for defending champion Barthel, who has the little extra touch and more experience.
Haddad Maia d. Buzarnescu in three sets – Buzarnescu is on a five-match losing streak (if you do not count retirements as wins). I think Buzarnescu is facing a slight struggle transitioning from the ITFs to the WTA and Haddad Maia is not an easy player to break down.
Schnyder d. Allertova in three sets – Gone for the 39-year-old qualifier as you don’t know what you’re going to get from the inconsistent Allertova.
Zhang d. Voegele in two sets – The last time they met was in… 2008! Qualies would have done Voegele good but Zhang’s experience should just come through.
Pera d. Ruse in three sets – No idea… Pera? Ruse? I’ll go with the former…
Day 1 – Prague Predictions
Gavrilova d. Stosur in two sets – Stosur is on a five-match losing streak and I’m not convinced she’ll be able to break out of this spell. Gavrilova is a decent player on clay and she’ll defend till Stosur goes wild with her forehands and backhands.
Siniakova d. Petkovic in two sets – Siniakova has lost her last three matches but Petkovic hasn’t won back-to-back main draw matches since… July 2017. Petkovic’s been a mess on court this year and confidence is at an all time low. I don’t really think Petkovic will cause too many problems for Katka unless the latter has a huge off day.
A.K.Schmiedlova d. Watson in three sets – Since reaching the Hobart semifinals, Watson is on a nine-match losing streak… Schmiedlova meanwhile just won the Bogota title and is playing with renewed confidence after coming back into the world’s top 100. I think this could be a mess though with Schmiedlova’s lack of power and Watson’s lack of consistency.
Wang d. Kuzmova in three sets – Don’t think Kuzmova’s quick and power-hitting game is suited to the clay but Wang probably will not be at her best on her first match on the clay. Still, Wang’s consistency for the win.
Alexandrova d. Hogenkamp in two sets – Alexandrova is the stronger player and also won their previous match-up in three sets.
Witthoeft d. Vikhlyantseva in three sets – I don’t really think clay is the surface for Vikhlyantseva; Witthoeft should be a tad more solid on the occassion.