2017 Citi Open Predictions
Goerges d. Makarova in two – Goerges’ the in-form player. Instinct with the German and hope she wins having lost her past two finals!
Makarova d. Dodin in three – Hadn’t watch any of Makarova’s matches (because I have been using WTA TV for other matches haha). Dodin has played three three set matches this week so maybe Makarova?
Goerges d. Petkovic in two – All German battle, Goerges is the more in-form player while I feel that Petkovic would have lost against Andreescu if not for the latter’s fatigue.
Halep d. Makarova in three – Halep has been struggling a lot with the heat this week. Halep leads the head to head 3-1 but Makarova is 5-0 against Top 10 players this season. Halep’s consistency should get her through this one though.
Dodin d. Lisicki in three – Duel between two power players, 50-50 for me as the winner will be who makes the most errors on the day itself. Going with the seeded player?
Goerges d. Niculescu in three – Gonna be a fun one with two players with completely different game styles. Goerges is the more in-form player and the fast courts suit her so picking the German.
Petkovic d. Andreescu in two – Petkovic’s the experienced player while Andreescu’s in her first ever WTA quarterfinal.
Round 2 (5/8)
Halep d. Duque-Marino in two – Expecting this to be relatively comfortable for the Romanian…
Puig d. Makarova in three – Completely no idea with this one… Both players have been very inconsistent this season. Randomly went for Puig cause why not xD
Sabalenka d. Lisicki in three – Clueless with this one, both are big hitters. Lisicki’s still rusty so if Sabalenka takes charge and commits less errors she should be able to get the win.
Dodin d. Errani in two – Dodin’s easy power suits the fast courts in DC, she should be able to overpower Errani.
Niculescu d. Tig in three – Yesterday’s win over Hibino was Niculescu’s second win out of 11 matches. Tig is also another player who has been struggling on the tour, having snapped her seven match losing streak to record her first win since Miami. I feel Tig is a player who likes rhythm so the slice-and-dice Niculescu may prove to be a problem for her.
Goerges d. Van Uytvanck in two – Goerges has been very impressive this year with her unusual consistency and able to get the win against matches she should win. This match falls under that category, and even though Van Uytvanck has been decent this few months I think the German should get the victory.
Petkovic d. Bouchard in three – Petkovic leads the head-to-head 4-1, while Bouchard remains error-strewn in another horrid year for her. Petkovic is also struggling this year, but she has the weapons to get her through this one.
Mladenovic d. Andreescu in three – Mladenovic’s footwork and serve looked laboured against Maria, not sure if Andreescu will be able to take the opportunity to score an upset…
Round 1 (9/15)
Halep d. Stephens in two – Tough draw for Stephens, Halep should win this one with Stephens so early in her comeback.
Rogers d. Duque-Marino in two – Duque-Marino has rarely played any WTA events this year but she reached the third round of the French Open. Rogers is coming off a disappointing loss to Kerber in Wimbledon but she is the more experienced one at this level and on home soil.
Chirico d. Puig in three – This one is an intriguing one. Chirico is now down to No.150 in the rankings after failing to defend her points during the clay swing. Puig has also been silent of late and has not done anything match after the Middle East swing. Puig has only played one match since Roland Garros so she will be rusty plus Chirico is coming from qualifying. I’ll go for the ‘upset’ and pick Chirico to win.
Makarova d. Loeb in three – Makarova hasn’t done anything at all other than beating top 10 players this season and hasn’t even reached a quarterfinal in an event, dating back to last year in New Haven. Loeb had a smooth route from qualifying so I’m not surprised if this goes the distance with a rusty Makarova but the Russian should win this.
Sabalenka d. Davis in three – Sabalenka may be an unknown name to many but she has a power game, similar to Giorgi where she showcased it in the Fed Cup. Davis is one of the shorter players on tour and could get overpowered by Sabalenka.
Liscki d. Grammatikopoulou in two – Hahaha I took ages to type out that name. Lisicki is still early in her comeback but it’s a very ideal opener for her with Grammatikopoulou in her first WTA main draw.
Errani d. Ozaki in three – Errani has won two of her last eight encounters while Ozaki has only won one of her last ten matches. Both have similar games and both will try to get their years back on track. Torn on this one…
Dodin d. Jankovic in three – Dodin is on a four match losing streak while Jankovic is at 9-17 on the year. I’ll expect Dodin to overpower the Serbian but as big hitters go, they usually make too many errors so I won’t be surprised if it goes the distance.
Niculescu d. Hibino in two – As of writing, Hibino is in the Nanchang final and will probably be exhausted coming into DC. Niculescu is probably the worst player to play when tired so the Romanian should be able to notch a win.
Watson d. Tig in two – Tig hasn’t won a match since March while Watson is in-form and qualified for the main draw here.
Van Uytvanck d. Cepelova in three – Not much insight on this one…
Goerges d. Abanda in two – Goerges is having one of her most consistent years ever and should overpower Abanda.
McHale d. Bouchard in three – Both are struggling this year but Bouchard has never ever done well in Internationals.
Nara d. Petkovic in three – Petkovic has only won one of her last seven matches on the WTA. Nara is a decent counter puncher and should be able to take advantage of this opportunity.
Giorgi d. Andreescu in two – Giorgi is actually having a solid year and should get this one in her bag.
Mladenovic d. Maria in two – Expecting Mladenovic’s class to shine through in this one.
Full Draw Predictions