Miami Open 2016: WTA Semifinal Predictions

One Step Away: The First Match Will Produce an Unexpected Finalist while the Second Will Tell us Who Won the 1st Phase of 2016 on the WTA Tour   [15] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs. [19] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) Both players have defied the odds in reaching the semifinal round.  There is a lot to like…

Miami Open 2016: March 31st ATP Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. [16] Gael Monfils (FRA) H2H – This is a fascinating match-up that I can’t quite predict.  Gael is willing to cede court positioning and that should benefit Kei.  However, Gael has played quite well in Miami and has the bigger serve so he could dictate the outcome of…

Miami Open 2016: March 30th ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [15] David Goffin (BEL) vs. [18] Gilles Simon (FRA) H2H – Goffin plays more like Davydenko did, but he and Simon are likely among the players no one fully enjoys playing as each has a way of working his way into a match even when it seems improbable.  Goffin’s solid play at…

Miami Open 2016: March 30th WTA Predictions

Will Kerber prevail again? Predicted Winners in BOLD My WTA Picks were Awful yesterday [13] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) vs. [24] Johanna Konta (GBR) – Vika is seeking her 3rd title in 2016.  I like her chances. [2] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. [22] Madison Keys (USA) – Kerber has steaded her post Australian Open haze with some tough…

Miami Open 2016: ATP Round of 16 Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. [10] Richard Gasquet (FRA) H2H – This is a very interesting match as Berdych could over power Gasquet or Gasquet could hit around Berdych with each leading to a different result.  The slower surface might actually help Berdych as he can hit through a slow court.  I…

Miami Open 2016: WTA March 29th Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [5] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. [19] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) – This should be a fun match, but I think Halep is too athletic and consistent to lose so long as she is not overpowered outright. [15] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs. [30] Ekaterina Makarova (RUS) – Kuzy certainly could win this match and…

Is Serena Williams Declining?

3 Events in 2016 and No Titles It is risky business predicting Serena’s future as she has had any number of pendulum swings in her illustrious career.  Serena did not play another tour level match until 2016 after a shocking US Open loss impacted in no small part from the mounting pressure of pursuing a…

Miami Open 2016: March 28 WTA and ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [3] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. [19] Timea Bacsinszky (SUI) – Aga probably wins what should be an excellent match. [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [15] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) – “I know you have multiple slam titles, but I’ve got 21.” [2] Andy Murray (GBR) vs. [26] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) H2H – Grigor…

Miami Open 2016: March 27th ATP and WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [7] Tomas Berdych (CZE) vs. [31] Steve Johnson (USA) H2H – I’d love for Johnson to win and even think he has about a 40% chance to do so, but that does not make him the favorite. [13] Victoria Azarenka (BLR) vs. [Q] Magda Linette (POL) – Vika is back so to speak….

Miami Open 2016: March 26th WTA and ATP Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [6] Kei Nishikori (JPN) vs. [Q] Pierre-Hugues Herbert (FRA) H2H – Kei is always interesting in early rounds as he can maul people or he can be pushed when least expected. [3] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Madison Brengle (USA) [5] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Damir Dzumhur (BIH) H2H – Rafa has never won Miami…