US Open 2016: Quick Thoughts on the Women’s Draw

Is round 3 possible? Sure. Serena Williams’ Quarter Serena Williams received no favors from her 2016 US Open draw.  Ekaterina Makarova is far from an ideal first round opponent.  Simona Halep won Montreal and played reasonably well in Cincinnati.  Heather Watson or Lucie Safarova could await Serena in the final 8 if Halep fails to reach…

Cincinnati 2016: WTA Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD (9) Carla Suárez Navarro VS (2) Angelique Kerber – I think Kerber should eventually solve CSN so long as her nerves about the quest for #1 doesn’t get the better of her (a real possibility). (5) Agnieszka Radwanska VS (3) Simona Halep – Aga has more feel and variety than Halep, but…

Miami Open 2016: March 24th ATP and WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Andreas Seppi (ITA) vs. Donald Young (USA) H2H Borna Coric (CRO) vs. Denis Istomin (UZB) H2H [20] Sloane Stephens (USA) vs. [WC] Heather Watson (GBR) – This should be a fun one. [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. Christina McHale (USA) – I like Serena to win this one, but McHale should not…

Indian Wells 2016: WTA Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [3] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) – This is potentially an interesting match, but as we saw in Melbourne it is possibly a one-sided affair.   [18] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. [13] Victoria Azarenka – Call me crazy, but I think Pilskova is on the uptick.  She needs…

Indian Wells 2016: March 11 WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [10] Venus Williams (USA) vs. [Q] Kurumi Nara (JPN) – Venus is back at Indian Wells. [5] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. Vania King (USA) – Simona says she is playing better so I guess I should take her word, but this is a tough draw. [5] Serena Williams (USA) vs. [Q]…

Australian Open 2016: Radwanska vs. Suarez Navarro Quarterfinal Prediction

Crafty Tactician vs. Shotmaker:[4] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs [10] Carla Suárez Navarro (ESP) This should be a fun match.  Carla Suarez Navarro hits a sweet one-handed backhand and is capable of generating impressive shots from tough spots on the court.  Radwanska works her way through matches with consistency and an ability to adapt her skills to the situation…

Australian Open 2016: Day 7 Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD As we hit the round of 16 the number of good matches should increase [5] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs [12] Belinda Bencic (SUI) – I am tempted to take Bencic here, but I think Maria does enough to manufacture a tough 2 set win. [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) –…

Australian Open 2016: Day 5 Women’s Predictions

They are closing in on another Aussie Open match Predicted Winners in BOLD Belinda Bencic (SUI) [12] vs. Kateryna Bondarenko (UKR) – I think this will go 3 sets. Lauren Davis (USA) vs. Maria Sharapova (RUS) [5] – Sharapova will be tested to some degree, but I think she advances. Serena Williams (USA) [1] vs. Daria Kasatkina (RUS) – Serena’s unforced…

Australian Open 2016: Day 3 Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD I need to do a little better than I did yesterday [5] Maria Sharapova (RUS) vs Aliaksandra Sasnovich (BLR) – I think Maria should be fine. [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) – Serena avoids the upset train. [4] Agnieszka Radwanska (POL) vs. Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) – I think Aga’s…