This will be my last preview from New Haven with the US Open draws out on Thursday afternoon at 11.30am local time (4.30pm UK time). I’ve enjoyed New Haven this week although I was disappointed that the match between Caroline Wozniacki and Roberta Vinci wasn’t streamed on TennisTV last night. It was a strange decision, particularly with Wozniacki one of the star names this week in New Haven. Of course, it would turn out to be the most intriguing match of the day with Wozniacki saving three match points to defeat Roberta Vinci, 6-4 6-7(6) 7-6(7) in two hours and 52 minutes.
Wozniacki will play Caroline Garcia in the quarters in what will be just a second career match-up. After a winless streak between Eastbourne and Toronto, Garcia has won back-to-back matches at her last two tournaments. After comfortably defeating Timea Bacsinszky in the first round for the loss of just four games (wish it had been streamed), Garcia secured an impressive victory over last year’s New Haven finalist, Magdalena Rybarikova, 7-6(5) 6-4. I’m completely in love with Rybarikova’s game and the first set was fascinating to watch. Her chip-and-charge game worked wonders at times but Garcia dealt with it and all the slices reasonably well. There were some huge errors from Garcia in the first set tiebreak which were approaching the back fence but when Rybarikova got into a winning position, she became awfully passive and was unable to take advantage of her opportunity.
There were definitely more positive signs for Garcia as she didn’t look to be so aggressive on the return and looked to get more balls back in court rather than going for the risky winner on every ball. In their only previous match, Wozniacki beat Garcia, 6-2 6-3 in Seoul in 2012. After such a long match on Wednesday, it will be interesting to see how the leg holds up for Wozniacki. Garcia is more than capable of throwing in a shocker, particularly against a player like Wozniacki who is one of the best retrievers out there. Garcia has all the weapons there to win this match but she still makes me nervous.
Prediction: Wozniacki d. Garcia in 2 sets