Women’s Rio Olympics 2016 Predictions

Rio Olympics final matches for Saturday

Day 8 Predictions = 0/2

Kerber d. Puig in 3 sets – Preview HERE

Keys d. Kvitova in 3 sets

Rio Olympics SF Predictions for Friday

Day 7 Predictions = 1/2

Kvitova d. Puig in 3 sets – Really struggling to pick a winner in this one but I think i’m edging towards Petra!

Kerber d. Keys in 3 sets

Rio Olympics QF Predictions for Thursday

Day 6 Predictions = 4/4

Kvitova d. Svitolina in 3 sets – Who knows with this one! Svitolina doesn’t have much time to prepare for this quarter after her win over Serena. Kvitova’s win over Makarova could have unlocked something. But still, this surface suits Svitolina’s game and anything consistently error-strewn from Kvitova will not be good enough. Kvitova leads the head-to-head, 2-1 and won their last match in Dubai from a set and a break down.

Puig d. Siegemund in 2 sets – An unexpected but fascinating quarter-final. Siegemund’s in great form but there’s something about Puig and the Olympics, and the way she powered past Pavs and Muguruza was just so impressive.

Keys d. Kasatkina in 2 sets – Love this match-up! Kasatkina continues to be so consistent on tour but I *think* a decent performance from Keys will see her through. I’m excited that one of Keys or Kasatkina will be in a medal match 🙂

Kerber d. Konta in 2 sets – Preview HERE

Rio Olympics R3 Predictions for Tuesday

Day 4 Predictions = 5/8

S.Williams d. Svitolina in 2 sets – The slow court surface will help Svitolina, but i’d guess Serena will settle after the win over Cornet.

Kvitova d. Makarova in 3 sets – I hope i’m not cursing Petra… she hasn’t won three matches in a row since Stuttgart. Makarova has had some tough wins this week which will give her confidence, plus she has two wins over Kvitova this year. Yeah, i’m not confident in this one but I do have faith (eeek) in Petra.

Siegemund d. Flipkens in 2 sets – Nice match-up, a huge match for both players! Instinct going with Siegemund but not much explanation behind it!

Muguruza d. Puig in 3 sets – I’m going three sets again for everything! I think Puig will give this a really good fight but going for Muguruza in the end.

Keys d. Suárez Navarro in 3 sets – I’m already regretting this pick haha! Keys had such a tough match against Mladenovic and it will depend on the recovery. CSN has looked super steady so far and the surface seems to suit her game. Keys won their last match, a tight three setter in Birmingham, and seems to be thriving in her first Olympics experience. Tough ask though…

Kasatkina d. Errani in 3 sets – Fun match-up, interesting to see whether Kasatkina has enough weaponry/variety to outfox Errani or whether it could be a similar match-up to the one against Strycova. I’m on the fence, as usual…

Kuznetsova d. Konta in 3 sets – Preview HERE

Kerber d. Stosur in 2 sets – Teetered with three sets, this surface seems to be a good one for Stosur… but Kerber had a confidence boosting win over Bouchard and has been playing very well with aggressive intent. Kerber has won their last three matches on hard court. Going for Kerber in a tight two setter.

Rio Olympics R2 Predictions for Monday

Day 3 Predictions = 11/13

A bit late and underprepared for today so expecting a mess!

Centre Court Matches

Wozniacki d. Kvitova in 3 sets – Ohhhh this one is really hard. Kvitova had a great R1 win of Babos but the slow hard court surface will most likely favour Wozniacki. I’ve been ummming and arrrring this one all morning.

*Happy to be wrong for a Peak Petra performance!*

Kerber d. Bouchard in 3 sets – Preview HERE

S.Williams d. Cornet in 2 sets – Fascinating… the court will favour Cornet but Serena will likely be pumped for this one having experienced two losses to the Frenchwoman back in 2014. Going for two tight sets but on alert for a dramatic match!

Court 1 Matches

Keys d. Mladenovic in 3 sets – Preview HERE

Stosur d. Doi in 3 sets – I’d say a good match-up for Stosur, but Doi’s had some great results this year.

Court 2 Matches

Suárez Navarro d. Konjuh in 2 sets – Delighted to see Konjuh back in action and winning too in the first round. Her game could overwhelm CSN, but I liked the way that the Spaniard played against Ivanovic.

Konta d. Garcia in 3 sets – A toss-up, have more faith in Konta surviving a mental battle

Muguruza d. Hibino in 2 sets – Garbi for the win

Court 3 Matches

Puig d. Pavlyuchenkova in 3 sets – On the fence, I think Pavs is the better player but the Olympics spirit might pull Puig through.

Kuznetsova d. Niculescu in 3 sets – This could be glorious… shockingly, it’s the first time they’ve ever played. I think (with very little confidence haha) that Kuznetsova’s all-court abilities will be able to cope with Niculescu.

Court 4 Matches

Svitolina d. Watson in 3 sets – I realise i’m going three sets in everything but it represents my lack of confidence in many of these matches. Both have had some shaky moments recently. I could see Watson winning this one, but Svitolina is the safer pick.

Court 7 Matches

Makarova d. Schmiedlova in 2 sets – Lovely to see Schmieds back winning matches again. Surviving a match point in her first round will have no doubt been a huge confidence boost for Makarova.

Errani d. Strycova in 2 sets – This is a rough match-up for Strycova, here’s hoping she gets more than the two games she managed in the Dubai final earlier this year.

Court 8 Matches

Kasatkina d. Zheng in 3 sets – One of my favourite match-ups of the day. I think if Zheng plays like she did against Radwanska she wins this, but I still question her consistency as she has had some wacky results throughout the year.

Rio Olympics R1 Predictions for Sunday

Day 2 Predictions = 10/15

Centre Court Matches

S.Williams d. Gavrilova in 2 sets – I’m looking forward to this match as I think Gavrilova will be pumped. Serena in two though…

Muguruza d. Mitu in 2 sets – Muguruza now gets Mitu after JJ pulled out with a shoulder injury… still sticking with the Spaniard!

Court 1 Matches

Kerber d. Duque-Mariño in 2 sets – Angie for the win

Garcia d. Pereira in 3 sets – Gone for Garcia but after the doubles drama and seeing the pretty slow courts, Pereira at home might have a shot if she can get the crowd involved

Court 2 Matches

Kvitova d. Babos in 2 sets – Like Petra in this match-up, a bit more explosive than Babos. Of course that can go the other way…

Ostapenko d. Stosur in 2 sets – This was the one upset I felt from the first round matches. This is a first match-up between the pair and Stosur seems to be one of those players you either love or hate to play so we’ll find out soon where Ostapenko stands. Ostapenko has wavered dramatically in trying to close some matches out this year but going with instinct on this one.

Court 3 Matches

Hradecka d. Wozniacki in 3 sets – A late reprieve for Hradecka, having previously not been in singles may give her the sense of freedom to go and play her game. Tempted to go for Hradecka in this one…

*After thought… what on earth was I thinking?!

Konta d. Vogt in 2 sets – A good draw for Konta

Court 4 Matches

Kuznetsova d. Wang in 2 sets – Kuznetsova has a way of making life difficult for herself so honestly wouldn’t be surprised to see this go the distance. Wang has won a load of matches this year on the ITF tour so it will be interesting to see how she gets on against WTA level.

Begu d. Hibino in 3 sets – Tough turnaround for Begu after winning Florianopolis. I thought I read she was struggling with an injury but then again, i’d be surprised if Hibino comes through for the win.

Court 5 Matches

Larsson d. Cornet in 3 sets – Cornet won their last match in Hobart, 6-1 6-1, but the Frenchwoman has been struggling of late. Imagine this could a wild three setter… and on an unstreamed court *sad face*

Court 6 Matches

Puig d. Hercog in 2 sets – Olympics is a big deal for Puig, wonder whether it will positively or negatively impact on her performance… going with the former.

Shvedova d. Doi in 3 sets – A first time match-up, a toss-up.

Court 7 Matches

Siegemund d. Pironkova in 2 sets – I think the surface will suit Laura? Form has been strong of late while Pironkova is playing her first match since Wimby.

Court 9 Matches

Makarova d. Buyukakcay in 3 sets – Makarova crumbled a tad in her last match against Brengle in Montreal. This will be a special moment for Buyukakcay so wouldn’t be surprised to see her win at least a set. In the end, I think Makarova’s quality will shine through.

Rio Olympics R1 Predictions for Saturday

Day 1 Predictions = 9/15

Centre Court Matches

Suárez Navarro d. Ivanovic in 3 sets – Tough one… Ivanovic has been somewhat distant from the WTA tour due to injury and following her marriage to Bastian Schweinsteiger. Ivanovic can still be a threat despite her recent lack of form but Suárez Navarro is, in my opinion, the more likely winner in this one with her consistency.

V.Williams d. Flipkens in 2 sets – It will be interesting to see the state of Venus’s serve after Montreal. No doubt she’ll be super pumped for Rio.

Court 1 Matches

Keys d. Kovinic in 2 sets – On a clay court and i’d probably go for Kovinic! Both players have their on and off days but have to go for Keys in her recent form and her impressive ability of scoring wins while not play at her best.

Radwanska d. Zheng in 2 sets – Saisai Zheng has a tricky game so i’m more inclined to say this won’t be a walk in the park for Radwanska, who has on occasion struggled against players who inject some variety. Going for two tight sets…

Court 2 Matches

Strycova d. Wickmayer in 3 sets – A potential upset alert with Wickmayer in decent form of late. Strycova won their two 2015 encounters in straight sets although Wickmayer was coming back from injury in the first of those clashes in Antwerp. Strycova threw in an absolute shocker against Venus in her last singles match on tour in Montreal.

Svitolina d. Petkovic in 3 sets – Leaning towards Svitolina with her ability to keep things solid. Her last match against Kerber could throw in some doubt for Svitolina as she collapsed somewhat but Petkovic will have to be super consistent to get the win. Svitolina won their two previous matches on tour.

Court 3 Matches

Bertens d. Errani in 3 sets – Bertens will be aiming for her first ever win over Errani (0-2 H2H in completed matches). Form-wise, Bertens has been playing the much better tennis although her best results have come on clay. All of Errani’s losses in 2016 (bar the first week of the season!) have come against lower ranked opposition. Going for an improved Bertens in this one but sensing it might be a struggle to get across the finish line.

Watson d. Peng in 3 sets – On the fence with this one, Peng has a very competent game when fully fit and healthy. Watson to come through in the end…

Bouchard d. Stephens in 2 sets – Match of the day on the women’s side, The pair are tied at 2-2 in their head-to-head with Bouchard winning their most recent encounter at Indian Wells, 7-5 7-5; Stephens had a bit of a collapse in that match. The American player reached the third round at both the French Open and Wimbledon, but has generally been slumping since Charleston. If she really wants it, she stands a chance in this one but i’m favouring Bouchard.

Vinci d. Schmiedlova in 2 sets – Schmieds finally broke her six month duck of failing to pick up a WTA main draw win. Still fancy Vinci in this one, one easy and one tight. It is worth noting that Schmiedlova did thrash Vinci in Zhuhai at the end of 2015…

Court 4 Matches

Bacsinszky d. Zhang in 2 sets – Could be some rust for Bacsinszky but should have enough variety to upset Zhang’s rhythm. The Chinese player has been picking up wins here and there but hasn’t won back-to-back WTA main draw matches since Indian Wells.

Court 6 Matches

Beck d. Konjuh in 2 sets – Great to see Konjuh back in action after that horrible ankle turn at Wimbledon against Radwanska. Konjuh won their only previous match in three sets but going for Beck as feeling some uncertainty about Konjuh’s physical condition after the injury.

Pavlyuchenkova d. Linette in 2 sets – Pavs always makes me nervous so wouldn’t be surprised to see this go the distance. Linette’s results have been solid in 2016.

Court 7 Matches

Kasatkina d. Jabeur in 2 sets – Jabeur has stuck closely to the ITF tour this year but been impressed when i’ve seen her play before. She could overpower Kasatkina, but the Russian player has been very stable on hard courts this year.

Court 8 Matches

Mladenovic d. Tsurenko in 3 sets – Mlads has had some surprising losses in the past month after showing an improvement in form at the end of the clay court season and into the Wimby tune-ups. Mladenovic bagged a first win over Tsurenko in Dubai. Tsurenko has won just one match since the middle of May.

Niculescu d. Cepede Royg in 3 sets – Three wacky sets? Yup!

Full draw predictions (05/08/2016 – made before the draw got underway)

R1
S.Williams
Larsson
Watson
Svitolina
Kvitova
Wozniacki
Makarova
Vinci
Muguruza
Begu
Puig
Pavlyuchenkova
Bacsinszky
Siegemund
Safarova
V.Williams

Keys
Mladenovic
Beck
Suárez Navarro
Strycova
Bertens
Kasatkina
Radwanska
Kuznetsova
Niculescu
Garcia
Konta
Ostapenko
Shvedova
Bouchard
Kerber

R2
S.Williams
Svitolina
Kvitova
Makarova
Muguruza
Puig
Bacsinszky
V.Williams

Keys
Suárez Navarro
Bertens
Radwanska
Kuznetsova
Konta
Shvedova
Bouchard

R3
S.Williams
Kvitova
Muguruza
Bacsinszky
Keys
Radwanska
Kuznetsova
Bouchard

QF
S.Williams
Muguruza
Radwanska
Kuznetsova

Gold Medal match
S.Williams d. Kuznetsova

Bronze medal match
Muguruza d. Radwanska

Gold: Serena Williams
Silver: Svetlana Kuznetsova
Bronze: Garbiñe Muguruza

All correct predictions are coloured in GREEN and all incorrect predictions are coloured in RED

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