Australian Open 2021: Day 10 Women’s Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Ash Barty (1) vs Karolina Muchova (25) – As of now, I think Barty is headed to the final, but the semifinal will be harder than her quarterfinal round. Jennifer Brady (22) vs Jessica Pegula – Brady won Lexington in 2020 so I am maybe trying to avoid being too jingoistic…

Australian Open 2021: Day 9 Men’s Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Grigor Dimitrov (18) vs Aslan Karatsev – Dimitrov has a good path to another major semifinal. I am not sure he can go further than that at this event, but he is probably the 5th most likely player to win the event among the 8 remaining. 3 of the bigger obstacles…

Australian Open 2021: Day 9 Women’s Quarterfinal Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Hsieh Su-Wei vs Naomi Osaka (3) – I have gotten so many of Hsieh Su-Wei’s matches wrong over the years that this is probably a good omen for her. Still, Osaka is to my mind the best in the world because she attacks as well as power players and defends as…

Australian Open 2021: Day 8 Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD ROD LAVER ARENA Jessica Pegula (USA) v (5) Elina Svitolina (UKR) – I will take the dark horse, but the odds are against what I am predicting. (28) Donna Vekić (HRV) v (22) Jennifer Brady (USA) – This may be the match of the day, but I think the 28 seed…

Australian Open 2021: Day 8 Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD ROD LAVER ARENA (16) Fabio Fognini (ITA) v (2) Rafael Nadal (ESP) – I am expecting a close match that might even go 5 sets. I will not be shocked if Fognini wins, but I think Rafa prevails in 4 or 5 sets facing down his first big test of the…

Australian Open 2021: Day 7 Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena   [3] Dominic Thiem (AUT) vs. [18] Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) – This should be an outstanding match. I think Thiem is younger, moves better, and has the better forehand of the two.  I expect a 3 to 4 set win for Thiem, but Dimitrov has a shot at the upset. [1] Novak Djokovic…

Australian Open 2021: Day 7 Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena (11 a.m. start)  [3] Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs. [14] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) – This match is potentially a blockbuster. Osaka won the 2019 Australian Open, and Muguruza lost the 2020 Australian Open final in 3 sets. They hold a combined 5 singles major titles and Muguruza has 2 major runner-up finishes to…

Australian Open 2021: Day 6 Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena (11 a.m. start) [6] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. [25] Karolina Muchova (CZE) – The fast courts should help Pliskova advance.[11] Belinda Bencic (SUI) vs. [18] Elise Mertens (BEL)[21] Anett Kontaveit (EST) vs. Shelby Rogers (USA)  Margaret Court Arena [5] Elina Svitolina (UKR) vs. [26] Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) – This should be a 3 set thriller.[28] Donna Vekic (CRO) vs. Kaia…

Australian Open 2021: Day 6 Men’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena  (11 a.m. start) [4] Daniil Medvedev (RUS) vs. [28] Filip Krajinovic (SRB)  [2] Rafael Nadal (ESP) vs. Cameron Norrie (GBR) – Rafa and Daniil ought to advance. Margaret Court Arena  [7] Andrey Rublev (RUS) vs. Feliciano Lopez (ESP) – Rublev will need to return well and pass when Lopez comes forward. I think he…