WTA St. Petersburg SF Predictions for Saturday
Vinci d. Ivanovic in 3 sets
Bencic d. Kasatkina in 3 sets
WTA St. Petersburg QF Predictions for Friday
Vinci d. Babos in 2 sets
Ivanovic d. Kozlova in 2 sets
Cibulkova d. Kasatkina in 3 sets
Bencic v Pavs… Can’t decide!
WTA St. Petersburg R2 Predictions for Thursday
Kozlova d. Vesnina in 3 sets – Tough one to call, split at 1-1 in their head-to-head. I was impressed with Kozlova against Strycova in what I saw of that match so i’d probably give her the edge to keep her run from qualifying going.
Kasatkina d. Siegemund in 2 sets – I was very surprised by Siegemund’s win over Mladenovic, particularly as she was a set and a break down. Kasatkina’s match with Flipkens was a struggle to watch on the live scores and just about to sit and watch some of her match. Feeling Daria for this one who leads the head-to-head, 2-0.
Bencic d. Beck in 3 sets – BB beat all of the German players at the weekend and now she gets a shot at the only player she didn’t overcome in Beck! Not sure why but I think Beck could cause some problems so have her winning a set… BB to prevail in the end though.
Wozniacki d. Cibulkova in 3 sets – Preview HERE
Pavlyuchenkova d. Witthoeft in 2 sets – Despite an error-strewn first round display, I still think that Pavs is one of the prime contenders for this title.
Babos d. Niculescu in 3 sets – Going for the upset in this one. Niculescu talked about being fatigued after her first round win and Babos seems to be thriving at the start of this year, plus she had a comfortable win over the Romanian player in Shenzhen in the first week.
WTA St. Petersburg R2 Predictions for Wednesday
Ivanovic d. Gasparyan in 3 sets – So, soooo tempted to go for the upset but worried how Gasparyan’s serve will hold up
Vinci d. Wickmayer in 3 sets – Vinci has won their last six (!) matches and I think this court will suit her game. Pleased I was wrong with Wickmayer winning her first round match and her stats were good too (19 winners to 13 unforced errors).
WTA St. Petersburg R1 Predictions for Wednesday
Mladenovic d. Siegemund in 2 sets – Lucky losers always seem to do well so beware of Siegemund! I think Mladenovic though will have too many weapons at her disposal on this fast court
Vesnina d. Tig in 3 sets – It’s a shock to see Vesnina down at #122 in the world…
Cibulkova d. Rodina in 2 sets – A good first round (on paper at least) for Domi to find her level
Kasatkina d. Flipkens in 3 sets – This should be an interesting match, Flipkens had a decent run in Auckland but I like Kasatkina on home soil
Beck d. Hradecka in 2 sets – Beck has won their last four matches in straight sets and has been playing well, holding her nerve to win a Fed Cup singles rubber
WTA St. Petersburg R1 Predictions for Tuesday
*Update – That’s a lot of red so far haha*
*Update #2 – It got better!*
Ostapenko d. Wickmayer in 3 sets – Preview here
Paszek d. Witthoeft in 2 sets – Always like the qualifier in these match-ups and Paszek has been playing well so far this year
Strycova d. Kozlova in 2 sets – Kozlova doing great to keep on qualifying but yet to push on in the main draw, going for Strycova
Niculescu d. Vikhlyantseva in 2 sets – Over 200 places between them in the rankings…
Pavlyuchenkova d. Koukalova in 2 sets – Never know with Pavs but conditions should suit her game, would guess at two tight sets
Gasparyan d. Jovanovski in 2 sets – Jovanovski has been in terrible form and was forced out of Fed Cup by medical issues I believe, almost seems too perfect for Gasparyan!
Babos d. Siniakova in 3 sets – Tough one, their last match in Dubai went the distance and i’d expect the same in this one too
Full draw predictions