Istanbul YEC preview

The season is drawing to a close and the draw is set for the penultimate tournament of the 2011 tennis season. In the red group, the world number one Caroline Wozniacki is joined by Petra Kvitova, Vera Zvonareva and Agnieszka Radwanska. I think this will be the more competitive of the two groups. I believe Kvitova stands the best chance of progressing; she will be at home on the hard indoor courts and will be riding on a wave of confidence following a dominating title performance in Linz. She has blown all three players in her group out of the park in previous matches. However she has been vulnerable against Wozniacki and Zvonareva in the past when she has been error-strewn so consistency will be important. In other matches, Radwanska would be favourite to make it 4-0 against Zvonareva for this year and I would think that Wozniacki would beat Radwanska. The match between Wozniacki and Zvonareva could therefore be a crucial tie to decide which players progress to the Semis.

Wozniacki is the number one seed, but will be vulnerable… I predict she will just scrape into the Semis behind Kvitova

The white group looks comparatively easier to predict with number two seed Maria Sharapova joined by Victoria Azarenka, Li Na and Samantha Stosur. I predict Azarenka will win all three of her matches; she has the game to trouble Stosur and I would expect her superior form to be too much this time round against the crumbling Li, who has knocked her out of two majors this year. Sharapova will be playing for the first time since the ankle injury she picked up in Tokyo. However I predict she should beat both Li and Stosur; the latter who she has tremendous success against in the past including three straight set victories this year.

Sharapova has been in Istanbul for nearly two weeks and should progress to the Semis without too many problems

I am going to go for Kvitova to claim the title… I think the courts will suit her and that she will out power everyone in her group. It should be a great week and I am particularly looking forward to Sharapova v Azarenka and Wozniacki v Kvitova in the group stage. I am hoping to watch a lot of the action this week and will be blogging all week 🙂
SF Predictions:
Kvitova def. Sharapova
Azarenka def. Wozniacki
Petra Kvitova

Azarenka against Kvitova is my predicted final with Petra winning overall!

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