Wimbledon 2019: Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep Championship Prediction

Serena Williams vs. Simona Halep Both players have a lot riding on this match.  Serena Williams can tie Margaret Court by taking a 24th major home.  She can also move within one of Martina Navratilova’s all-time record of 9 Wimbledon singles titles.  Simona Halep can take her second major title at a venue that would…

Wimbledon 2019: July 5th Match of the Day – Halep vs. Azarenka

Simona Halep vs. Victoria Azarenka These players share really good mobility on court.  Vika is a bit more error prone than Halep, but she also has a bigger game.   On a hard court, I’d give Azarenka the edge.  On a clay court, I’d give Halep the edge.  These two former world #1s and major champions…

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: Reflections on Semifinal Saturday

Prelude: Burritos to Go? My semifinal Saturday, started with an unexpected surprise.  Before entering the grounds with Mike Kooris (a good friend who is a better tennis player than me), and I went to Chipotle to get less expensive food than what is offered on site.  While eating a tall Canadian entered the restaurant and…

Cincinnati 2016: WTA Semifinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD (15) Karolina Pliskova VS (4) Garbiñe Muguruza – Pliskova is quite tall (1.86 M/6’1″), but moves well for a player of her height.  Muguruza is also tall (1.82 M/6′) and moves well too.  One thing Muguruza has going for her is superior power when hitting outside of her preferred comfort zones.  Garbine has all…

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…

Montreal 2016: Simona Halep vs. Madison Keys Championship Prediction

These sort of points are worth our viewing Madison Keys vs. Simona Halep This is an excellent championship match.  Both players are legitimate threats looking for their first Grand Slam title, but they play in a way that contrasts their strengths.  Keys has power and loves to dictate play.  Halep is a gifted counter-puncher.  Keys…

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: 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]…