Andrea Petkovic won her first match since the US Open although it wasn’t in the circumstances that she would have wished for. Eugenie Bouchard was forced to retire down 6-2 1-1 due to dizziness as the effects of her fall at the US Open still continue to be an issue. It’s a real shame for Genie and I hope she pulls the plug on her year and fully rests up for 2016. Petkovic advances to the second round where she will play Sam Stosur.
The Aussie beat Monica Niculescu for the seventh consecutive time with a 6-3 6-2 victory. It was a routine win for Stosur who overpowered Niculescu and dealt with all the slices. Stosur has to be one of the most match-up driven players and is involved in so many one-sided head-to-heads, both from a winning and losing angle. Niculescu is certainly a player that she can handle.
Petkovic played her best tennis of the year in Miami but has since, never reached those lofty heights. Her scrappiness and fighting spirit has won her quite a few matches that would otherwise have slipped by, but niggly injuries have held her back, particularly during the clay court season where she could have flourished. Stosur’s year has never properly taken off but a couple of impressive results, notably titles in Strasbourg and Bad Gastein, and a fourth round showing at the US Open have kept her afloat in the top 30.
Petkovic leads Stosur in their head-to-head, 2-1. Rather mysteriously, all their previous matches have taken place in the Fed Cup and this will be their first meeting on the WTA tour. Petkovic won their last match, an absolute thriller lasting three hours and 16 minutes, 6-4 3-6 12-10, which helped Germany win the tie. I feel like Stosur should win this one… which is making me lean towards Petkovic! While she has been erratic of late, if Petkovic can apply enough pressure, then she might just win this.
Prediction: Petkovic d. Stosur in 3 sets