French Open 2017: June 2nd Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD   Court Philippe-Chatrier (11 a.m. start) [4] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) vs [27]Yulia Putintseva (KAZ) – The defending champion seems to have found an ideal time for shaking off a 52 week hangover from winning the 2016 French Open. Venus came close in 2002 – could 2017 be the year? [10] Venus…

French Open 2017: May 31st Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Venus Williams (USA) [10] vs. Kurumi Nara (JPN) – If Venus can keep her error count down, this should be pretty straight forward. Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [4] vs. Anett Kontaveit (EST) – See above Sara Errani (ITA) vs. Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) [13] – This could go deep into a 3rd set. Bethanie Mattek-Sands (USA) vs. Petra Kvitova (CZE) [15] – Fans…

French Open 2017: May 29th Women’s Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) [4] vs. Francesca Schiavone (ITA) – The defending champion versus the 2010 champion and 2011 runner-up.  The draw gods were not kind to Muguruza.  I am half tempted to have the defending champion losing the day after the #1 seed lost in the 1st round, but I think some form…

US Open 2016: August 31st Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [14] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. Cagla Buyukakcay (TUR) – I think Petra is good for this round as well. [9] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) – Which career would you prefer?  Kuznetsova has won 2 majors in singles while Wozniacki spent many weeks ranked #1 with no major titles….

US Open 2016: August 29th Women’s Predictions

#Tennis U.S. Open a chance for Monica Puig to prove Olympic gold was … https://t.co/Btjxxn6shY pic.twitter.com/cSSPlZTIu6 — Tennis daily post (@epeaktennis) August 28, 2016   Predicted Winners in BOLD [7] Roberta Vinci (ITA) vs. Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) – I do not see a repeat trip to the championship match, but Vinci should win this match….

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…

Cincinnati 2016: August 18th WTA Predictions

Both are in action today Predicted Winners in BOLD (Q) Daria Gavrilova VS (3) Simona Halep – In a few years, this meeting might be in a final rather than a round of 16.  I think Halep wins, but Gavrilova is a good fighter on court and could win.  Halep needs to play clean tennis to keep this match…