SF Cincy Predictions for Saturday
Day 6 Predictions = 1/2
Pliskova d. Muguruza in 3 sets
Halep d. Kerber in 2 sets
QF Cincy Predictions for Friday
Day 5 Predictions = 3/4
Kuznetsova d. Pliskova in 3 sets – 50/50, can’t really explain why i’ve gone for Sveta!
Muguruza d. Babos in 2 sets
Halep d. Radwanska in 3 sets
Kerber d. Suárez Navarro in 2 sets – Or CSN in 3 sets, i’m wary about how tired Kerber will be, but I have underestimated her of late.
R3 Cincy Predictions for Thursday
Day 4 Predictions = 6/8
Pliskova d. Doi in 2 sets – The pair are tied at 1-1 in their matches in 2016 and Doi won their most recent encounter at Wimby. Pliskova played a solid match against Ostapenko but didn’t have to do a great deal in the second set. I think Pliskova will be well rested to give her all in this one.
Kuznetsova d. Bacsinszky in 3 sets – Kuznetsova leads the H2H, 3-0 and won their last match in Miami. It was a close one but if I remember, Kuznetsova was clutch on the break points.
Pavlyuchenkova d. Muguruza in 2 sets – I had a good feeling about Pavs pre-tournament… we’ll see how wayward that was! Her biggest issue is always getting to these types of matches but when she does, she often raises her level. Muguruza had a really solid second round win though so Pavs will have to play a blinder.
Cibulkova d. Babos in 3 sets – Babos has the game to rival Cibulkova but i’m not sure yet she has the mental toughness to outlast the Slovak player.
Radwanska d. Konta in 3 sets – Intrigued to see how this one pans out. Konta looked good in her first match, as did Radwanska.
Halep d. Gavrilova in 2 sets – Gavrilova’s looked great so far this week… but Halep’s riding on a huge wave of confidence. Perhaps closer than their most recent encounter in Canada which Halep won, 6-2 6-3, but i’d still go for straight sets.
Suárez Navarro d. Vinci in 3 sets – A toss-up, instinct says Carla will outlast Roberta if this goes the distance. The Spaniard has won five of their six encounters although Vinci’s only win did come on hard courts.
Kerber d. Strycova in 2 sets – Strycova has been bloomin’ brilliant so far considering her Rio exploits. I’d expect this to be a straight setter either way… going for Kerber who has dominated the H2H and leads, 4-1.
R2 Cincy Predictions for Wednesday
Day 3 Predictions = 5/9
Halep d. Beck in 2 sets – Halep leads the head-to-head, 3-1 with Beck’s only previous win coming via a retirement. I’d fancy Halep to win this match comfortably… famous last words haha
Konta d. Vekic in 2 sets – Vekic had an excellent win over a lacklustre Ivanovic in the first round. I’d have faith in Konta taking this one since she’s had some time to adjust between Rio and Cincy,
Vandeweghe d. Muguruza in 3 sets – 50/50 with this one but I felt unsure for Muguruza pre-tourny so i’ve gone for the upset. Vandeweghe leads the H2H, 2-0 (although both on grass) and Muguruza has never won a match at Cincy. This should be a feisty affair and i’m feeling that CoCo will be up for it. Personally, i’d like to see Garbi get a win and back on track.
Pironkova d. Vinci in 3 sets – I’m uncertain about Vinci as I read she was struggling with an injury. Vinci leads their head-to-head, 3-1 but Pironkova won their last match in Doha in 2014. Pironkova dropped just two games against Kasatkina (guessing Daria was tired?) but can get on a roll. I think she has the power to hit through Vinci.
Kuznetsova d. Riske in 2 sets – Love Riske’s attitude on court but this has historically been a tough match-up for her. Kuznetsova leads the head-to-head, 3-0 and has never dropped more than three games in the six sets she has won.
Gavrilova d. Svitolina in 3 sets – Svitolina’s the more consistent player but i’ve gone for Gavrilova based on her form in Cincy and their most recent match-up in Madrid where Gavrilova’s nuggets of variety gave her the edge. Svitolina tried to come into the net a lot in that match and it didn’t work. It will depend also on whether Gavrilova can keep her error count down, which has been an issue at times this year. Gavrilova has two wins over Svitolina this year and I think it will take a sizeable mental effort from Svitolina to win this one.
Cornet d. Suárez Navarro in 3 sets – Cornet has had three excellent wins so far in Cincy over Kontaveit, Cirstea and Bertens. Her serve was excellent against Bertens, a far cry from the horror show she had in Stanford. Cornet leads CSN, 4-3 in their head-to-head and won their last match in Toronto last year. Cornet’s intensity is a big difference between the pair and if she can continue to serve well and play consistently from the baseline, i’d fancy her to score the upset win.
McHale d. Doi in 2 sets – McHale leads the head-to-head, 5-0 and Doi only got in as a LL after inexplicably losing her final qualifying round match from 6-0 5-2 up. Doi did push their last match to 7-5 in a third set but would still give the edge to McHale.
Stosur d. Strycova in 2 sets – A solid candidate for match of the day. Strycova had an excellent win over Bouchard, considering how little time she had to prepare. In the WTA Insider podcast she spoke of how different the conditions are in Cincy compared to Rio. Stosur won their last match in a third set tiebreak on clay in Prague earlier this year. The Aussie matched her seeding in Rio in reaching the third round and has often performed well in Cincy. Advantage Stosur…
Bacsinszky d. Tsurenko in 2 sets – A little surprised to see Bacsinszky play Cincy after being in Rio at the weekend but then again, she went out of singles on the first Saturday. Bacsinszky leads the head-to-head with Tsurenko, 3-0.
R1 Cincy Predictions for Wednesday
Day 3 Predictions = 0/3
*What a mess – Cincy shaping up to be my worst tournament of predictions for a while :-S*
Golubic d. Nara in 2 sets – Golubic got in as a LL but i’d fancy her over Nara. She has had her best results on clay courts where she won the title in Gstaad but did reach quarters in Rosmalen and had two huge wins in Fed Cup against Pliskova and Strycova on an indoor hard court.
Begu d. Larsson in 2 sets – The head-to-head is 1-1 with Larsson winning their most recent match in Melbourne, 6-3 6-2, Begu’s a difficult one to figure out because she’s had some super wins this year but is still vulnerable early on in tournaments. She nearly lost to the world #384 in the first round of Florianopolis but came through to win the title.
Bondarenko d. Mladenovic in 2 sets – I can never figure Mladenovic out who continues to blow hot and cold in both singles and doubles. On her day she probably wins this but Bondarenko is rather quietly putting together a great year.
R2 Cincy Predictions for Tuesday
Day 2 Predictions = 1/1
*Based on how Monday went, I have a feeling that predictions will be MESSY in Cincy this week… But hey ho, all part of the fun!
Pliskova d. Ostapenko in 3 sets – A surprising choice for Centre Court but it has the potential to be an intriguing match. I think Ostapenko has the type of game that could hurt Pliskova with the depth… the reason i’m stalling though is that Ostapenko’s recent form has been disappointing and mentally, she’s struggled to get across the finish line. In her last three losses, she has been a set up. The win over Schmiedlova, from MP down, may give her the confidence boost to win this one but I still remain wary.
R1 Cincy Predictions for Tuesday
Day 2 Predictions = 2/5
Riske d. Flink in 3 sets – The world #360 Flink had a huge win over Doi in the final qualifying round, coming back from 0-6 2-5 down (!) to win. Riske can be a little shaky at closing so I wouldn’t be surprised if this went the distance.
Chirico d. Babos in 3 sets – This should be a good match! Chirico had a brilliant clay court season where she’s at her most potent. The grass though isn’t her thing as she went 0-3. Chirico is yet to score a main draw win on hard courts in 2016 although she did miss the start of the year due to injury. Babos has had a consistent year and reached the final in Florianopolis recently. Babos is the safer pick but buoyed by a wildcard and home crowd, tempted to go for Chirico.
Kasatkina d. Pironkova in 3 sets – Another first time match-up for Daria, love the consistency she’s been producing of late.
Cornet d. Bertens in 3 sets – Cornet has obviously improved since I last watched her in Stanford where her serve completely crumbled. Wins over Kontaveit and Cornet were sound results and she leads the head-to-head against Bertens, 2-1. Berten’s best results have come on clay but she was still very solid on hard courts at the start of the year. Bertens has lost her last three matches so the recent wins for Cornet may give her the edge in confidence. Could be a battle…
Bouchard d. Strycova in 2 sets – Bouchard’s looking in a good place right now mentally. Would have gone for a close one but not sure how much Rio will have taken out of Strycova
R1 Cincy Predictions for Monday
Day 1 Predictions = 0/2
*Not only did I get them wrong, but I thought they were on Tuesday :-S*
S.Zheng d. McHale in 3 sets – Zheng came through qualifying with straight set wins over Sakkari and Lisicki. The former was noteworthy since Zheng lost in straight sets back at Wimbledon. I’ve been really impressed with Zheng and there have been some excellent results. There have been some head scratching results though too with the consistency still not quite there. McHale won their only previous match, 2-6 6-3 6-3 back in 2015. McHale deals well with Niculescu who plays differently and Zheng is similar mixing in slices, high balls and net approaches. Expect a close match, edging just towards Zheng.
S.Zhang d. Tsurenko in 2 sets – Tsurenko actually leads the head-to-head, 2-0 including a win in Eastbourne earlier this year. However, she hasn’t played since Wimbledon and was forced to withdraw from the Olympics due to injury. Zhang beat Crawford and Larsson in straight sets, and despite the head-to-head, going for her to claim a first win over Tsurenko.
Full draw predictions
*Updated my draw. Pavs in the final… yep*