2017 Rogers Cup Toronto Predictions
Wozniacki d. Stephens in three – Stephens is performing so well I’m not surprised if her week will continue but I don’t know if the nerves will affect her in such a big match just in her third tournament since her comeback. Anything streaky from Sloane and Wozniacki will wrap things up steadily.
Wozniacki d. Pliskova in three – Preview
Safarova d. Stephens in three – Sloane has had a great week, really happy for her who will climb up the rankings. I haven’t watch any of their matches but Safarova leads the head to head 2-0. Going for the Czech in a tight one…
Svitolina d. Muguruza in three – Muguruza has come through two tight ones to come here. Svitolina produced a brilliant performance against Williams and if she does so again she stands a chance in this one…
Halep d. Garcia in two – Halep’s consistency should be the key…
Round 3 (4/7)
Pliskova d. Osaka in two – They have similar game styles but Pliskova does everything a little better than Osaka. A solid win against Pavlyuchenkova should have shaken off all the nerves.
Wozniacki d. Radwanska in two – Wozniacki leads the head to head 10-6 and 8-6 on hard courts. Both have been their usual consistent self in Toronto and Radwanska seems to be finding back her form. Still, it’s Wozniacki who has had the spectacular season and her ability to play slightly more aggressive than Radwanska should be able to get her the win.
Kerber d. Stephens in three – Stephens’ comeback is going pretty well and she has won back-to-back matches for the first time since last year’s Wimbledon. Kerber just barely got over the finishing line against Vekic and is still not showing the form that brought her to great heights last year. Stephens will make this competitive but I feel Kerber will edge this one in a tight tussle.
Safarova d. Makarova in three – Makarova’s singles career seems to be getting back on track and probably a new coaching partnership is helping her. Safarova leads the head to head 3-1 and I feel that she had the edge in serve and groundstrokes. She also notched a nice win over Cibulkova and I feel she will be able to bring the confidence from the match over.
Williams d. Svitolina in three – The medium paced courts suits Svitolina’s counter punching game but Williams won their only encounter in 2015. Williams had a great serving day against Siniakova, winning 88% of first serve points. Svitolina will need to play with controlled aggression and variety to move Williams around, but ultimately I feel the American will prevail.
Muguruza d. Barty in three – Muguruza seems to struggle with slices and that was what happened again with Flipkens, and she needed time to adjust before she could settle down. Barty has a similar game to Flipkens and comes into this match with prior knowledge on how to beat Muguruza as she has defeated her this year before. I feel Muguruza will get off to a slow start, maybe lose the first set, but will bamboozle her way through the last few games.
Bellis d. Garcia in three – Tough to predict as Garcia has such an inconsistent game. On her day she will prevail but Bellis isn’t an easy opponent and has matured in the last few months and her lack of pace and variety in her shots is not a good matchup for Garcia. 55-45 in favour of Bellis…
Halep d. Strycova in two – Halep leads the head to head 3-1 and did well against Rybarikova, who has a similar game to Strycova
Round 2 (12/16)
Pliskova d. Pavlyuchenkova in two – Preview
Sevastova d. Osaka in two – Thought a while about this and finally went with Sevastova. Osaka has a slight chance at the upset if she is able to produce less errors but looking at Sevastova’s result archive, she is faring reasonably well with big hitters (d. Kulichkova, Garcia, Konjuh in recent months).
Radwanska d. Babos in two – Kinda expecting a same match as Radwanska-Vandeweghe. Babos has the power and shots, but faces inconsistencies and is struggling on the tour right now, having just snapped a nine-match losing streak against Andreescu. Babos also hasn’t beaten a Top 100 player since March so…
Wozniacki d. Alexandrova in two
Kerber d. Vekic in three – Preview
Kvitova d. Stephens in two – Stephens should have gained some confidence after that win against Putintseva, but Kvitova is a player of another level. A performance like against Suarez Navarro from Kvitova should seal the victory.
Safarova d. Cibulkova in three – Going for the upset here, Cibulkova is also slightly low on confidence after a horrible last few months and Safarova has won both their encounters this year. The Czech was really solid and aggressive against Abanda and such a peformance should see her through once more. However, Cibulkova notched a tight win over Tsurenko in her first round and that could see her reignite that fighting spirit again…
Konta d. Makarova in two – Konta won both their encounters in straights but Makarova is on a six-match winning streak and produced a blistering performance to beat Peng. Still think that two tight sets will be the max Makarova can achieve…
Svitolina d. Kasatkina in three
Williams d. Siniakova in two – Siniakova has to control her emotions to keep this tight but Williams has been in great form throughout the season and a tight win over Begu would have dusted off the cobwebs. Venus to claim only her second victory in Toronto…
Barty d. Vesnina in three – No idea about this one, didn’t watch Vesnina’s win but she won 88% of first serve points! Going for Barty who has been so consistent this year.
Muguruza d. Flipkens in two – Muguruza leads the head to head 3-2 and won their previous matchup in Indian Wells. The conditions in Toronto are different from Stanford so Muguruza will need time to adjust, but I think she will ultimately get the win.
Kuznetsova d. Bellis in three – Completely no insight for this one, Kuznetsova will take some time to adjust but Bellis will probably be feeling the fatigue after a tough one against Goerges the previous day.
Garcia d. Lepchenko in three – No idea for this one haha. Both are streaky and played three-set matches in their previous rounds but Lepchenko will have two days of rest, Maybe Lepchenko will take a set but she struggled a lot to close against Ostapenko.
Strycova d. Gavrilova in three
Halep d. Rybarikova in two – Halep deals well with variety and the night slot should suit her.
Round 1 (10/21) rip
Osaka d. Watson in three – I have no idea for this one with these two streaky players 😂 Both players had complicated routes in qualifying but I’ll go for Osaka here.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Cornet in two – Pavlyuchenkova leads the head to head 5-0 and Cornet is on a five-match losing streak. I think you can guess my prediction now…
Sevastova d. Davis in two – Davis won their recent encounter this year but she’s on a three-match losing streak after a brilliant start to the year. Sevastova’s variety should see her through this one.
Radwanska d. Vandeweghe in three – This is a fascinating one with two players of different styles. Radwanska leads the head to head 4-1, but I don’t think that will come into play. Radwanska has been enduring a pretty mediocre season but this is her first match since getting married so we shall see. Vandeweghe is in good form having won the doubles title and made the singles final in Stanford, but that also means she may be feeling fatigue after a brief two days of rest. Perhaps I am a bit biased but if Radwanska manages to retrieve balls and force Vandeweghe into errors, the Pole could win this match.
Andreescu d. Babos in three – Babos is on a nine-match losing streak and has not beaten a Top 100 player since Indian Wells in March. Andreescu is coming off a first ever WTA quarterfinal in Washington and is running high on confidence. If Andreescu can keep her composure under the home crowd, she will win this.
Alexandrova d. Vickery in two – Every time I see Vickery’s name I think of the strange encounter with Mertens in Auckland 😂 Alexandrova’s the most experienced player in WTA events though.
Vekic d. Bouchard in three – Bouchard is infamously known to do badly in her home event as she has amassed a horrible 4-9 record in Toronto+Montreal. I have watched Vekic numerous times during the grass court swing and her first serve is really strong, winning 73% and 81% of first serves in her first two qualifying matches. Expecting maybe a tight tussle but Vekic to come up tops with her slightly higher consistency and serve.
Putintseva d. Stephens in three – The upset is for the taking as Putintseva hasn’t played a match since Wimbledon. Stephens had a decent campaign in Washington where she made the doubles final with Bouchard. Her footwork and consistency is still not at her best but if she keeps the errors low, Stephens could notch her first Top 50 win of the year. I’ll ‘play safe’ for this one though.
Suarez Navarro d. Kvitova in three – Suarez Navarro won their four most recent encounters. Kvitova produced a stunner of a performance as she lost to Bellis in Stanford without holding serve once. We know Peak Petra can beat everyone on tour, but on bad days you won’t exactly want to meet a player like Suarez Navarro…
Tsurenko d. Cibulkova in three – Cibulkova is on a five match losing streak in WTA events and hasn’t made a quarterfinal since Doha in February. Tsurenko is a player that big hitters will have to be wary of and I like her to work on her good form and take this opportunity.
Safarova d. Abanda in two – Abanda should feel the nerves playing in her hometown but she has won a main draw match in the Rogers Cup before. Safarova for the win though.
Peng d. Makarova in two – Both players are on five-match winning streaks having won the titles in Nanchang and Washington respectively. I wasn’t entirely convinced with Makarova in DC as she seemed to be hitting most of the balls at the service line. Peng is a potent flat player and should be able to move Makarova around.
Kasatkina d. Vinci in three – Like this match up, Vinci leads the head to head 2-1 but you won’t know how she’s feeling after her robbery in her house. Kasatkina hasn’t played a WTA event since Rome in May and she seems to be injured over the past month. I like her to come through this one though.
Siniakova d. Duque-Marino in two – Haven’t seen many Duque-Marino matches but she performed decently against Halep in DC. Siniakova *should* keep her emotions in check for this one and get the win.
Williams d. Begu in two – Guessing two tight sets. Venus should be rusty but her class should shine through.
Riske d. Vesnina in three – Riske leads the head to head 2-1. Vesnina has not won back-to-back matches in any WTA event since Indian Wells this year, and has been less than convincing in the past few months. Riske could take advantage with her strokes and score the upset.
Barty d. Dodin in two – Both are powerful in their own ways but Barty’s the more consistent one. Dodin is also coming off a semifinal run in Washington where she had to play four three-set matches. Surely fatigue should come into play… Konjuh d. Flipkens in three – Flipkens won a long battle in Miami but feel Konjuh could edge this one on the faster courts.
Bellis d. Goerges in three – Completely clueless about this match… I went for Bellis in my draw challenge but am regretting about the pick now… Goerges won their previous encounter in Mallorca convincingly but feeling this is going to be much tighter. Bellis produced a gem of a performance against Kvitova in Stanford but struggled against big hitter Vandeweghe, this is why I’m feeling Goerges should win this one! I’ll still stick with Bellis though…
Cirstea d. Garcia in three – I went for Cirstea in the draw challenge… Now I don’t know why haha. Cirstea played two matches in qualifying and is suited to the courts so there is a chance of an upset.
Ostapenko d. Lepchenko in three – Lepchenko’s down to No.70 in the rankings and needed to qualify. Ostapenko’s playing in her first tournament since Wimbledon and she might be feeling rusty.
Mladenovic d. Strycova in three – Mladenovic leads the head to head 2-1, but Strycova won their last encounter in Doha. Mladenovic’s the one that knows when to be aggressive at the right moments more then the Czech though. The French player looked fatigued in her precious outing at Washington and I’m not sure if the arduous season is weighing on her shoulders right now… Still going for her though.
Arruabarrena d. Gavrilova in three – Can see the upset as Gavrilova’s another player to not play since Wimbledon and Arruabarrena already had two US outings in Stanford and Toronto qualifying. Arrubarrena also won their recent meeting this year so…
Lucic-Baroni d. Rybarikova in two – Rybarikova struggles with big-hitters and came in as a lucky loser for this one. If consistent enough, Lucic-Baroni should win.
Full Draw Predictions
I changed my draw for like a million times.. In the end I went for Venus!