I’ve just got back from three fabulous days at Eastbourne. I was absolutely chuffed to see so many great matches and I have so much to share!!! My 500+ photos are currently downloading, but I am hoping to have the first of my review blogs featuring photos up by tomorrow evening. Anyway here are a few predictions for tomorrow. After round one, I am pleasantly surprised how my draw has held up despite the upsets. I was pleased that I got Keys over Jankovic correct!
1. Angelique Kerber v Alize Cornet
A second round match between Angelique Kerber and Alize Cornet promises to be a competitive and closely fought affair on the grass courts of Eastbourne. Both players made promising starts on Monday; Kerber defeated Alison Riske, 7-6(6) 6-4 in a high quality match featuring plenty of brutal rallies with bucket loads of winners, meanwhile Cornet defeated Bojana Jovanovski, 6-3 6-2 in an equally impressive performance. Cornet posted on Twitter recently that she is loving the grass and it certainly looked that way on Monday. Kerber won their only previous match in Madrid last year, 6-4 6-2. I think this match will be much closer, but I’d still give a Kerber the marginal edge.
2. Caroline Wozniacki v Sloane Stephens
Eastbourne has been a pretty happy hunting ground for Caroline Wozniacki. She won the tournament in 2009 and reached the semi-finals last year. In her 2014 opener, Wozniacki came from a break down in both sets to secure an excellent straight sets win over Sam Stosur, 7-5 6-4. Woz now plays Sloane Stephens in the second round. Sloane played a solid match to beat Caroline Garcia, 6-2 6-4.. She has a terrible record against Wozniacki having lost all four previous matches and never won a set against the Dane. In their last encounter, Wozniacki destroyed Stephens, 6-1 6-0 in Miami. I doubt Sloane will be too bothered about this match as she has gained more matches on grass than any other year after a run to the quarter-finals in Birmingham. Wozniacki should cruise through…
WTA Eastbourne 2nd Round Predictions
Flavia Pennetta d. Heather Watson in 2 tight sets
Petra Kvitova d. Varvara Lepchenko in 2 sets
Camila Giorgi d. Johanna Konta in 3 sets
Ekaterina Makarova d. Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in 2 sets (1 tight, 1 easy)
Elena Vesnina d. Madison Keys in 3 sets
Daniela Hantuchova d. Lauren Davis in 2 tight sets