WTA Paris, Pattaya City: A preview of Wednesday’s best matches

Paris is underway with no surprises although Alize Cornet did give us another oscar winning performance.  I am 8/8 for Paris predictions so far.  Pattaya City is a different story as the top two seeds, Sabine Lisicki and Svetlana Kuznetsova both withdrew from the tournament  leaving just six second round matches to be played.  Another one of the players tipped to do well, Garbine Muguruza also departed.  She lost an epic match with the totally amazing, Kimiko Date-Krumm, who saved two match points in their 2 hour and 50 minute clash. 

Paris Poll: Simona Halep topped the poll with Maria Sharapova closely following.  I am surprised so many people have backed Halep.  And to the person who picked Marina Erakovic… I am not laughing 😉

1. Maria Sharapova v Daniela Hantuchova (WTA Paris, R2)

Hantuchova

Daniela Hantuchova

This year’s Paris draw is significantly improved on last year and the number one seed, Maria Sharapova will begin her campaign in Paris in the second match on Court Central.  She will play Daniela Hantuchova, who advanced via a retirement from Marina Erakovic on Tuesday whilst leading 6-3 6-0.  Hantuchova lost both her first round matches in Brisbane and Sydney, but steadied the ship somewhat with a third round appearance at the Australian Open.  Sharapova and Hantuchova have met just once on the tour in the last six years; that match came in Stanford in 2011 where Hantuchova managed to win a set.  It seems pretty obvious that Sharapova’s main reasoning behind playing this tournament is centred around promoting Sugarpova, which is one of the tournament’s sponsors this week.  Still, an average performance should see her win this match in straight sets.

Prediction: Sharapova to beat Hantuchova in 2 sets (1 easy, 1 tight)

2. Sorana Cirstea v Alison Riske (WTA Pattaya City, R2)

Sorana Cirstea won her first match of 2014 on Tuesday when she comprehensively defeated Anna Schmiedlova, 6-1 6-3.  After a miserable run in Australia, Cirstea sauntered into the second round with eight successive holds of serve in the 66 minute contest.  Next up is Alison Riske, who has begun the season in stark contrast with five wins already to her name.  The rising American is playing with a great deal of confidence right now as her double bagel victory over an admittedly struggling and seemingly still injured, Anabel Medina Garrigues indicated.  I have seen many comments on Twitter from players commenting what a nice person Alison is and it is very positive to see her winning away from the grass.  Cirstea won the last match-up between the pair in Washington last year, 3-6 6-2 6-3; however I expect Alison to win this rematch and convincingly too.

Prediction: Riske to beat Cirstea in 2 sets

3. Ekaterina Makarova v Vera Zvonareva (WTA Pattaya City, R2)

Vera Zvonareva won her first match since the 2012 Olympics with a 6-3 6-2 victory against fellow wildcard, Peangtarn Pliupech.  The 6-3 6-2 scoreline indicated a comfortable match for Zvonareva, but it was from it as she was forced to earn her victory in 1 hour and 42 minutes.  She now takes on fellow compatriot, Ekaterina Makarova, who had a patchy win over qualifier, Olga Savchuk, 6-4 in the deciding set.  As Sabine Lisicki and Garbine Muguruza both departed from the top half, Makarova now looks like the favourite to reach the final from the top half.  Confidence and match fitness wise, Makarova looks like the clear favourite in this match although expect a fight in at least one set from Zvonareva as she continues her comeback from injury.

Prediction: Makarova to beat Zvonareva in 2 very tight sets

WTA Paris: 2nd Round Predictions

Angelique Kerber to beat Klara Zakopalova in 2 tight sets

Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova to beat Carla Suarez Navarro in 3 sets

WTA Pattaya City: 2nd Round Predictions

Karolina Pliskova to beat Alla Kudryavtseva in 3 long sets

One thought on “WTA Paris, Pattaya City: A preview of Wednesday’s best matches

  1. The first time I heard Alison Riske’s name it was last years qualies in pattaya city. She lost to Sevastova and I remember Thinking poor her, she’s never gonna make it, she’ll just keep playing qualies for the rest of her carear…

    Now she’s ranked top 50 and a tournament front-runner!

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