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 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 5 Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena (11 a.m. start) [7] Aryna Sabalenka (BLR) vs. [Q] Ann Li (USA) – Li has had an impressive run and is one to watch, but Sabalenka should advance in 2 or 3 close sets.[10] Serena Wiliams (USA) vs. Anastasia Potapova (RUS) – Serena’s serve on unexpectedly fast courts have to have…

Australian Open 2021: February 10th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Rod Laver Arena (11 a.m. start) – I like the chalk on Rod Laver Arena [8] Bianca Andreescu (CAN) vs. Hsieh Su-Wei (TPE)[10] Serena Williams (USA) vs. Nina Stojanovic (SRB)[3] Naomi Osaka (JPN) vs. Caroline Garcia (FRA)  Margaret Court Arena  [7] Aryna Sabalenka (RUS) vs. Daria Kasatkina (RUS)[9] Petra Kvitova (CZE) vs. Sorana Cirstea (ROU) – Cirstea…

Australian Open 2021: February 7th Key Match Predictions

ROD LAVER ARENA Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Russia) v 3-Naomi Osaka (Japan) – This is not the easiest 1st round match, but Osaka should advance in 2 sets. Laura Siegemund (Germany) v 10-Serena Williams (U.S.) – Serena should win, but again this is not as easy as it might have been. 3-Dominic Thiem (Austria) v Mikhail Kukushkin…

French Open 2020: October 4th Women’s Singles Predictions

Predicted winners in BOLD Court Philippe CHATRIER [1] Simona HALEP (ROU) vs Iga SWIATEK (POL)) – Halep seems like a strong favorite to take this title. [3] Elina SVITOLINA (UKR) vs Caroline GARCIA (FRA) – Svitolina is less favored but still likely to advance. Court Suzanne LENGLEN [5] Kiki BERTENS (NED) vs [Q] Martina TREVISAN…

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…

Ragnarok for Tennis History this Weekend?

My son is interested in the Avengers in general and Thor in particular.  The rewriting of tennis history that could happen this weekend is massive. Serena Williams can tie Margaret Court for the most singles majors ever (24) while also collecting an 8th Wimbledon crown.  While Serena’s 23 majors all come in the Open Era,…

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…