2017 Wuhan Open Predictions
Barty d. Garcia in three – This is a tough one… Garcia has the upper hand in power but Barty’s slices and heavy forehand also could prove trouble for Garcia. I think it’ll come down to the big match nerves – both players are playing their biggest final of their career and I feel Barty could handle it a little better.
Quarterfinals (1/4) oops
Muguruza d. Ostapenko in three – Ostapenko has a really impressive 21-7 record in 3 setters this year and two wins were from Wuhan against Strycova and Puig. Since RG, Ostapenko has not been at her best but she has gritted out the wins which has been very impressive this season. Muguruza also isn’t playing her best tennis in Wuhan, needing three sets to edge out a very tight win over Linette. Muguruza is the more solid player, but sometimes struggles against big hitters and plays too passively instead. I think she will be able to play aggressive in this match though, as Ostapenko’s serve has been so bad throughout this tournament. I think Muguruza will be able to dig deep and show that she’s deserving of the No.1 ranking.
Pliskova d. Barty in three – Pliskova’s been really solid in Wuhan and she even said that her win against Wang Qiang was the best of her season. Barty scored a decent win over Radwanska, although slightly erratic she managed to find some parts of her game in the third. I think Barty will need to play a near perfect game by moving Pliskova as much as she can and use the slice backhand to good effect, if not Pliskova should sweep the win.
Cornet d. Sakkari in two – To be honest, I can see it going either way but the player who wins the first set should ultimately win. Both have similar games but Cornet’s the more experienced player and nerves could kick in for Sakkari.
Garcia d. Makarova in three – Another intriguing one, both players have really found their footing at the end of the seasons. Makarova leads the head to head 2-0 but I feel Garcia is playing really good tennis – I can see Makarova winning a set but Garcia should ultimately win.
Muguruza d. Linette in two – Linette has some weapons but I think Muguruza will win this comfortably.
Ostapenko d. Puig in three – Get your helmets ready… this will definitely be a hard-hitting clash, but whether is it high quality I would say no! Both players are prone to inconsistencies and both faced them in Wuhan – Ostapenko had her serving problems while Puig as usual went off track but managed to grab the win against Peng. Though Ostapenko can also lose her focus sometimes, I think she’s the slightly more solid one (slightly!). This could go either way though…
Ka.Pliskova d. Q.Wang in two – I think Pliskova will face some difficulties in a solid, consistent Wang who gives little away. However I think the tight match against Zhang would have done Pliskova some good to get used to the Wuhan courts and I think she will win this in two tight.
Barty d. Radwanska in three – I think Aga may have gotten more used to the hot conditions as she’ll be playing on centre in the first time slot again and I really want her to win but I’ve gone for Barty – although she may not have the superior power to overpower Radwanska, she has really good tactics with the heavy forehand and the backhand slice.
Cornet d. Lepchenko in three – Golden opportunity for both players to rise up the rankings – I’ve gone for the more solid Cornet. The Frenchwoman also won their only encounter in Hong Kong.
Vesnina d. Sakkari in two – I think Vesnina will take advantage of the draw opening and win this relatively comfortably, even though Sakkari might be boosting with confidence after her first top 10 win in Wozniacki.
Cibulkova d. Garcia in three – Promises to be another hard-hitting one! I’ve realised that in 2017 Cibulkova has gone a tad passive against big hitters and I wonder if she’ll do the same here but form suggests no as she has been playing great tennis in Tokyo and Wuhan. Garcia may make things difficult but overall I think she’ll be too inconsistent to get the win.
Makarova d. Kasatkina in three – Battle of the Russians! Wonder if Kasatkina will be able to back up the win against Halep. I think Makarova has the more superior power and should be able to play aggressively in this one and overpower Kasatkina.
Muguruza d. Tsurenko in two – Muguruza suffered a shocking defeat to Wozniacki, she was playing so passively and was making errors she shouldn’t have. I think Tsurenko should be no problem for Mugu on a normal day and even if the Spaniard has a letdown, I don’t think Tsurenko has the mental abilities to get the win.
Siniakova d. Linette in two – I think both players have similar games but Siniakova does everything a little better.
Ostapenko d. Strycova in two – Ostapenko was not yet in her RG form but still managed to win the title in Seoul – I think she should bring the form to Wuhan and overwhelm Strycova.
Ka.Pliskova d. Zhang in two – Repeat match-up from the US Open where Pliskova saved a match point with a bold forehand down the line to record her fifth straight win over the Chinese player. Zhang thrives under the home crowd but I think Pliskova should have learnt from their previous match and handle it well this time round.
Q.Wang d. Cirstea in three – Yesterday Cirstea played Wang Yafan, today she will be playing another Wang in Wang Qiang! I think Qiang has the game to frustrate Cirstea into errors. She should be sky high on confidence as well after that win against US Open champion Stephens.
Radwanska d. Goerges in three – Radwanska leads the head to head 3-2 but Goerges won their previous encounter in Cincinnati. Goerges didn’t look great against Gavrilova and I think if Radwanska continues to improve her form she could frustrate Goerges a lot. The scheduling in the early afternoon should help Radwanska as well.
Konta d. Barty in three – Going to be tough for Konta, she’s on a three-match losing streak and Barty has the weapons to deal with her. Still going for the more experienced Brit here.
Kuznetsova d. Cornet in two – Super happy for Cornet who captured her first win over a super tired and slow footed Pavlyuchenkova. Even though Kuznetsova is not in her best form in recent tournaments, I think she will be super motivated to try to get to the WTA Finals and put her best foot forward in Wuhan.
Bertens d. Lepchenko in three – The only thing I can figure out about this match is that it’s going to be a super long dragfest. Bertens just?
Vesnina d. Mertens in three – Mertens actually won their only encounter which was this year but it was on Vesnina’s worst surface. I’m really high on Mertens right now and I think she could do big things during the Asian swing. However I’ll still go ‘safe’ and pick Vesnina but it’s pretty much 50-50.
Wozniacki d. Sakkari in two – Wozniacki could be tired after the win in Tokyo a couple of days ago but after all she’s the fittest player on tour! I don’t think Sakkari will cause her much problems to be honest though.
Cibulkova d. Teichmann in two – Surprised Teichmann got the win over Stosur. Even though Cibulkova picked up an injury in Tokyo, I still think she should win this relatively comfortably.
Garcia d. McHale in three – McHale actually leads the head to head 3-1 but Garcia played fantastic against Kerber and I think she should be confident with that win.
Makarova d. Davis in two – Davis finally broke her seven-match losing streak but I’m not convinced. Makarova is on song right now and should win this.
Halep d. Kasatkina in two – Not expecting too many problems for Halep, she has owned this match-up.
Suarez Navarro d. Tsurenko in three – Tough to predict between two of my faves 🙂 I think Carla is finding some form in the last few tournaments while Tsurenko is on a four-match losing streak and I think usually when she gets on a little losing spell it’s tough to get out of it for her. Thus I’ll go for CSN…
Linette d. Kontaveit in two – Linette leads the head to head 3-2. Heard that Kontaveit is ill and feeling some effects of mononucleosis? If it strikes again then maybe she’ll withdraw…
Siniakova d. Mladenovic in two – Mladenovic is on a seven-match losing streak and if she doesn’t do anything about her form this could result in a horrible loss just like last week in Tokyo…
Kvitova d. Peng in three – Kvitova leads the head to head 7-0 but we all know how dangerous Peng Shuai is. Peng thrives under the home support, but Kvitova loves Wuhan a lot (read more about Kvitova in Wuhan here) and I think she’ll secure the victory under the lights in a tight one.
Puig d. Barthel in three – It’s always tough to predict with two big-hitters, as it comes down to that day’s performance. Siding Puig as she looked good in Tokyo and didn’t lose a set in qualifying.
Strycova d. Jabeur in three – I think this is going to be a fun one, not much logic behind this one but I’ve gone for Strycova.
Zhang d. Vekic in two – Vekic retired in an ITF event in the semis in St.Petersburg so I’m not sure if this will affect her. Zhang won the International event in Guangzhou and always plays well with the home support.
Cirstea d. Y.Wang in two – Cirstea *should* win this comfortably unless she has a meltdown like in Seoul against Kumkhum…
Q.Wang d. Stephens in three – I just have a feeling Wang will win this one, Stephens might be feeling the after effects of winning her first Slam title.
Radwanska d. Rybarikova in two – Radwanska leads the head to head 4-1. Radwanska withdrew from Tokyo with flu so I’m not very sure if she’s fully fit but she rarely gets beaten at her own game.
Gavrilova d. Goerges in three – Classic counter-puncher vs power-hitter match-up. I think the court surface suits Gavrilova and if she manages to get more balls back it could spur on an erratic Goerges.
Barty d. Bellis in three – This could be the match-up we’ll be seeing in the years to come between 21 year-old Barty and 18-year old Bellis. Bellis has been struggling a little of late, now on a four-match losing streak, while Barty is as solid as usual. I think the variety of Barty and her lack of confidence could get in the head of Bellis a little and further more this is probably her first time participating in the Asian continent…
Pavlyuchenkova d. Cornet in two – Pavlyuchenkova leads the head to head 5-0. Pavs peaked in Tokyo where she reached the final while Cornet said she needed an MRI for her finger on Twitter. Pavs obviously…
Niculescu d. Bertens in three – Niculescu won their only encounter and I think her tricky game matches up well with Bertens’ style. Bertens is on a four match losing streak and the last person you’ll want to see on the other side of the court when you’re low on confidence is Niculescu…
Keys d. Lepchenko in three – I think Keys will be having the post-Slam after effects but I have an instinct Lepchenko may screw up…
Duan d. Vesnina in three – I just have the feeling this will be an upset. Duan has a great game and I think she is the type of player who will get motivated with the help of the home crowd, while Vesnina can struggle against bigger hitters when she isn’t in the zone.
Mertens d. Osaka in three – Went for Mertens, she’s the more solid player that redirects pace well. Osaka looked extremely erratic in her last two matches in Tokyo.
Putintseva d. Sakkari in two – Both Putintseva and Sakkari play the same game. I think Putintseva generally plays well in Asia so it’s her then.
Stosur d. Teichmann in two – Stosur’s not exactly having the best comeback but she should win this shouldn’t she…
Vinci d. McHale in two – Vinci leads the head to head 3-0. The Italian is at a low ranking of No.84 but I don’t know why but feel she’ll have some sort of run here… She reached the semifinals here before, in 2015.
Garcia d. Kerber in three – Kerber leads the head to head 3-1. She seemed to find some form in Tokyo but she struggled with a left forearm injury in the end. I wonder of Garcia will be consistent enough to eek out the win but I still went with her.
Petkovic d. Davis in two – I think Petkovic will gain some confidence from qualifying. Davis is on a seven-match losing streak…
Kasatkina d. Riske in three – Riske is struggling nowadays and I think Kasatkina will do well to play aggressive.
Sevastova d. Makarova in three – I like this match-up between the tricky game of Sevastova and the power play from Makarova. Both haven’t played since the US Open and usually it is the more consistent players who get wins after long breaks so…
Full Draw Predictions