Toray Pan Pacific Tokyo Open Predictions
Day 3 – Tokyo Predictions
Ka.Pliskova d. Gavrilova in two sets – Impressed with Gavrilova’s trademark fighting qualities after her first round win over lower ranked Pliskova but she’ll have to serve so much better if she is to compete against the higher ranked Pliskova. Karolina hasn’t been too convincing of late, but I think she will be potent on indoor hard courts.
Garcia d. Pavlyuchenkova in three sets – A 50-50 match… Pavlyuchenkova was known as the indoor queen a few years back and was too powerful for Sasnovich in round one. Both players are having a mediocre season and can blow hot and cold… just going with Garcia here.
Muguruza d. Riske in two sets – Do like Riske but I doubt she has the power or consistency to compete against Muguruza in long baseline rallies.
Cibulkova d. Osaka in three sets – Tickets for this match have already been sold out for this one! Question will be whether Osaka can continue on the form we saw in New York as many players always face the post-Slam slump. Cibulkova hasn’t played too much tennis of late but has gotten quite a few good wins this season. I’ll go with the Slovakian for now…
Day 2 – Tokyo Predictions
Barty d. Vandeweghe in two sets – US Open doubles champions meet in the first round! In all honesty, think this will be a comfortable win for Barty as she has the variety to disturb Vandeweghe’s momentum. Vandeweghe has been in disastrous form in singles this year.
Strycova d. Diyas in three sets – Think Diyas has weapons to compete with Strycova here. Diyas has already had two matches to get accustomed to the conditions so I think this is an upset alert, but Strycova will eventually get the win.
Konta d. Dabrowski in two sets – Wonder why Dabrowski’s randomly playing singles? It would be horrible if Konta can’t get the win here.
Stephens d. Vekic in three sets – Definitely the highlight of the day. Vekic beat Stephens comfortably at Wimbledon this year, but Stephens has picked up form since then. The indoors conditions are probably in favour of Vekic, but I feel Stephens will be eager for revenge and learn from that match. Stephens to edge out a victory.
Azarenka d. Nara in two sets – Don’t see Nara having to weapons to disturb Azarenka on a quick surface.
Bouchard d. Riske in three sets – Bouchard leads the head to head 5-1, but this will be their first meeting since 2015. Both players’ form have been really up and down and I ain’t have a clue which Bouchard or which Riske will appear on court. Slightly favouring Bouchard here though with the quick conditions.
Day 1 – Tokyo Predictions
Gavrilova d. Kr.Pliskova in two sets – Both players’ form has been in the doldrums nowadays – Kr.Pliskova is on a five-match losing streak on WTA level while Gavrilova’s serving standards are at a huge low this whole season. Still I think Gavrilova will win this comfortably as she can comfortably exploit Pliskova’s movement with her good defensive skills.
Bencic d. Muguruza in three sets – What a first rounder! Bencic hasn’t been in the best form of late but I think she’ll do well in this match-up to counter Muguruza’s power and come up with some good defensive shots. Haven’t been convinced with Muguruza’s level this year at all.
Giorgi d. Doi in three sets – Doi has had time to get adjusted to the courts coming from qualifying (this year they’re playing indoors) but I think Giorgi will overpower her eventually.
Cibulkova d. Hibino in two sets – Hibino has weapons, but Cibulkova to win eventually.
Sasnovich d. Pavlyuchenkova in three sets – It’s been a really bad year for Pavlyuchenkova who hasn’t been able to find any form at all. Sasnovich should be the way more consistent player over the match.
Kontaveit d. Mladenovic in three sets – Kontaveit leads the head to head 2-0. Both players have been very inconsistent this year but favouring Kontaveit’s staying power.