WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai 2017 Predictions
Sorry for the lack of predictions because I was on holidays!
Barty d. Kerber in three – I really want Angie to win but I don’t have much faith she’ll be able to do so! Kerber won their only encounter, but compared to the beginning of the year she is totally with no confidence right now. I think Barty’s variety and strong game should be too much for the German in the end.
Strycova d. Sevastova in two – Strycova leads the head to head 2-0, but their last encounter was in 2011! Generally I think the court favours Strycova a lot and I think Sevastova is a good match-up for her as she has the time to dictate and can deal well with the variety.
Vesnina d. Vandeweghe in three – Never know with Vandeweghe, Vesnina’s the more solid player and the court is ideal for her too. A couple of days off coming from Singapore should have done her good.
Rybarikova d. Mladenovic in three – I think it’s time for Mladenovic to finally win a match (ten-match losing streak), but with Rybarikova’s unique game I’m not sure she can get the rhythm and foothold in the match. I’ll still have to go with Rybarikova here…
Pavlyuchenkova d. Barty in three – A win for Pavlyuchenkova would secure her position in the semifinals but Barty is definitely a tough prospect. Pavs leads the head to head 2-0, but their last meeting was in 2013. Both possess similar games and while Barty has the slightly more variety, Pavs is the one with more power and can dictate play easily with this decent-paced court.
Stephens d. Sevastova in three – While Stephens has lost her last two matches, I would think by now she has gone out of the post-Slam lull. Sevastova is on a four-match losing streak and while she stands a chance in this one, I’m not sure she has the belief that she can get the win, having lost their US Open encounter in a tight three-setter.
Peng d. Vandeweghe in two – Court suits Vandeweghe, but confidence is low for the American right now. She tends to not perform really well during the Asia swing and it’s the reverse for Peng who thrives under the home crowd and support. See an upset looming.
Goerges d. Rybarikova in three – These two haven’t met in three years, so I guess Goerges will need more time to adapt to Rybarikova’s funky game. I still think the German will win in the end though with the court conditions favouring her a lot more and she is coming off a super run to the Moscow title.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Kerber in three – The head to head is tied at five wins apiece but Pavlyuchenkova won their two encounters this year. I think the court conditions suit both players, but Pavlyuchenkova is the way more confident player at the moment. Kerber will need to be at her best with her retrieving skills and it’ll be interesting to see if Angie can get on a run like in Tokyo.