WTA Beijing, 3rd Round Preview: Caroline Wozniacki v Angelique Kerber

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The first batch of third round matches in Beijing will be played on Wednesday with the highlight being the night match between Caroline Wozniacki and Angelique Kerber. This will be the pair’s second match during the Asian Swing after Wozniacki scored her biggest win since May, beating Kerber, 6-2 2-6 6-3 in the quarter-finals of Tokyo. I was sad not to be able to preview that match as I am a big fan of Wozniacki-Kerber matches!

Both players have yet to drop a set at this year’s China Open en route to the third round. Kerber had a bye in the first round after reaching the semi-finals in Wuhan last week and comfortably saw off Dominika Cibulkova in the second round, 6-1 6-4. I expected a much closer match but Kerber was rolling, levelling up the head-to-head with a fourth consecutive victory over Cibulkova. Kerber played an aggressive match by her standards and forced Cibulkova into making errors. There was a small hiccup at the end as Cibulkova won three games on the trot to get back to 4-5 in the second set. Kerber twice failed to serve out the match but refocused to break to love in the final game.

Wozniacki has wavered a tad in her first two rounds; in the first round, she was in complete control against Bojana Jovanovski, up 6-2 5-0 and executing a perfect gameplan by keeping the rallies long and forcing the error. However, similar to Wuhan where she was unable to hold onto a big lead in her first match against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Wozniacki struggled to get across the finish line. This time round, Wozniacki managed to get the win, fending off an improved second set showing by Jovanovski to win, 6-2 6-4. In the second round, her opponent, Qiang Wang served for the first set. Rather surprisingly, Wang led the head-to-head, 1-0 after winning in Kuala Lumpur in 2013 but Wozniacki levelled it up, coming back to win in straights, 7-5 6-0.

Wozniacki and Kerber will meet for the 12th time in a colourful head-to-head that has seen a different player win the last four times. Kerber leads the head-to-head 6-5 with the pair splitting their matches in 2015. Wozniacki prevailed in Tokyo but Kerber won earlier this year in Stuttgart, a cracking finale that went right down to the wire. Kerber won the last four games, bossing her way to the title with a 3-6 6-1 7-5. victory. Five of their last seven matches have gone the distance and i’d expect the same here with little to call between the pair.

I think Kerber will edge this one…

Prediction: Kerber d. Wozniacki in 3 sets

11 thoughts on “WTA Beijing, 3rd Round Preview: Caroline Wozniacki v Angelique Kerber

  1. Wozniacki seems to be lacking the bite she had at the end of last year. I remember their Stuttgart match this where she had the match on her racket and choked big time. It seems to be a recurring theme throughout her year.

    I was shocked to see Ana Ivanovic win so authoratively today! You’d never know she’s had a disappointing season if you just tuned into this match having not followed her year. She could well win the title if she can repeat that form.

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    • Yeah, agree – she has been my pick for the semi finals and now that Kvitova is out I can’t see someone stopping her based on the head to heads and what she is able to bring on the tennis court in comparison to the players that are still in the draw! Could she still qualify for Singapore or at least be in the position to do it in the next tournaments? I mean I’m not her biggest fan but her game would be a great upgrade for the finals

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  2. Just saw that you’re predicting Falconi beating Muguruza in 2 sets!? I didn’t see her retirement against Venus in Wuhan. Is the ankle injury that bad?

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  3. Also I see you took Timea over CSN. I think it’s not the best of matchups for Timea, and more, the motivation should be on CSN side to maybe catch a spon for Singapore.

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  4. Angie is playing WAY better than 2 weeks ago, an impresive display against Cibulkova (I’ve watched it),I agree with you for the win.
    I’ve made an accumulator with angie & over 1.5 calgary flames @2.04 it seems like a great bet to me.

    GO ANGIE GO 🙂
    http://teamnnt.byethost11.com/

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  5. That was close to total domination until Wozniacki came back from 5-0 in the 2nd set. I thought she was going to give up at 4-0. I didn’t think Wozniacki was terrible although she hit quite a few errant shots. It was just that Kerber was dialed in from the beginning and didn’t let Wozniacki breathe. I thought it might get interesting at 5-3. But Kerber was just too good. Still surprised it wasn’t a closer match based upon prior meetings.

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