WTA Brisbane Quarter-Finals Preview: Angelique Kerber v Elina Svitolina

Second round action in Brisbane concluded on Wednesday with Ana Ivanovic’s 6-4 6-1 victory over Jarmila Gajdosova.  There were some impressive wins for the likes of Madison Keys, Karolina Pliskova and Ajla Tomljanovic early on, but it’s been disappointing to see none of them back it up in the second round.  The top three seeds are all still in the draw, which hopefully paves the way for an exciting conclusion. There has been some brilliant coverage from Brisbane this week.  As always, Jimmie48 has produced some great shots for Women’s Tennis Blog.  Also, well worth a read is The Mini-Break blog by Matt Johnson for some insightful accounts from Brisbane and great photos too.

1. Angelique Kerber v Elina Svitolina (WTA Brisbane, QF)

Elina SvitolinaThe slate of second round matches in Brisbane was a tad disappointing.  The quarter-finals line-up is more inviting with the first match on the schedule for the Pat Rafter Arena the pick of the bunch on Thursday.  Angelique Kerber and Elina Svitolina have both made excellent starts to the year with two straight set wins under their belt.  Kerber defeated Caroline Garcia in the first round (6-4 6-3) and Daria Gavrilova in the second round (6-3 7-5).  Although Kerber’s serving stats were not as impressive in her second round match compared to her match against Garcia, she did well to close out the second set against a confident and in-form opponent.  Svitolina beat Magdalena Rybarikova in the first round (6-0 6-2) and Ajla Tomljanovic (6-3 6-2) in the second round.  It is hard to ignore the improvements that Svitolina has made to her game and consistency-wise, she’s becoming a very reliable player on the tour.

Kerber and Svitolina played against each other in back-to-back tournaments towards the end of the 2014 season.  Kerber won in Tokyo, 6-4 6-4, but Svitolina gained revenge in Wuhan with a 6-4 7-6(3) victory.  This should be a very competitive match.  The pair have never gone the distance in their three previous encounters.  Although I think it will be close, i’d fancy this to finish in two tight sets again.  I’m going for Angie…

Prediction: Kerber d. Svitolina in 2 tight sets

WTA Brisbane Quarter-Final Predictions

Maria Sharapova d. Carla Suarez Navarro in 2 sets

Varvara Lepchenko d. Alla Kudryavtseva in 2 tight sets

Ana Ivanovic d. Kaia Kanepi in 2 tight sets

Photo in this post by Jimmie48 Tennis Photography

4 thoughts on “WTA Brisbane Quarter-Finals Preview: Angelique Kerber v Elina Svitolina

  1. I really want to see Sharapova and Kerber in the semis! Two of my favourite players on tour. Both have played good opening matches so I hope they keep it up. Hard not to see Ivanovic come through the bottom half unless Kanepi plays unbelievable.

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  2. I’m gutted about Pliskova. Not sure if it was fatigue or pressure, but she just didn’t play well in the slightest.
    I personally think Kanepi may upset here. She always plays well at this tournament, having won here once. Plus Ana wasn’t terribly convincing today. Also she has a doubles match scheduled halfway between her singles match today and this one against Kanepi tomorrow…

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