Indian Wells 2017: March 15th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD STADIUM 1 (11 a.m. start) [8] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs. [19] Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS) – Russian Revolution?  I like  [3] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. [7] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) – I saw these two play in person at Cincinnati last Summer.  Pliskova destroyed Muguruza who gave little resistance.  

Indian Wells 2017: March 14th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD STADIUM 1 (11 a.m. start) [8] Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) vs. [21] Caroline Garcia (FRA) – Veteran power? [Q] Shuai Peng (CHN) vs. [12] Venus Williams (USA) [9] Madison Keys (USA) vs. [13] Caroline Wozniacki (DEN) – Keys should be able to dictate play vs. Wozniacki.  That doesn’t mean she will win, but the…

Indian Wells 2017: March 12th WTA Predictions

Double-vision? Predicted Winners in BOLD A Great Schedule of Matches STADIUM 1 [7] Garbiñe Muguruza (ESP) vs. [WC] Kayla Day (USA) – Muguruza should win, but I am not sure how that will play out on the court. [5] Dominika Cibulkova (SVK) vs. Kristyna Pliskova (CZE) – I nearly picked an upset here as Kristyna…

Indian Wells 2017: March 11 WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD STADIUM 1 [2] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Andrea Petkovic (GER) – This is not an ideal match for Kerber who needs some wins.  I still think Kerber wins this match. [12] Venus Williams (USA) vs Jelena Jankovic (SRB) – I believe Venus wins this battle of two tour veterans and former…

Where the WTA and ATP Tours are Likely to Go from Here

Ace Studios puts together great highlights Two Nostalgia Finals May Have Had Drawbacks The Women’s and Men’s singles finals at the Australian Open featured nostalgic rematches of many previous major finals.  There is a lot of upside to casual fans being able to plug in late in a tournament and feel invested in the result….

Toronto 2015: WTA Predictions for August 10th

Predicted Winners in BOLD Big win for @Riske4rewards who beats 3rd seed Suarez Navarro 64 64 @BOTWClassic in Stanford. http://t.co/kRsZ9udpkC pic.twitter.com/NQUrsFgqTT — TennisTV (@TennisTV) August 5, 2015 Riske is in action and can pull upsets, but will she? Read on Flavia Pennetta (ITA) vs [WC] Gabriela Dabrowski (CAN) – The Canadian wild card draws a…

Cincinnati 2014: Day 3 WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD This I can comprehend, but I don’t expect to see it again. [1] Serena Williams (USA) vs. Samantha Stosur (AUS) – Stosur can beat Serena Williams, but I am not expecting a repeat of the 2011 US Open final. [7] Genie Bouchard (CAN) vs. Svetlana Kuznetsova (RUS) – This is not…

Cincinnati 2014: Day 2 WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD [16] Lucie Safarova (CZE) vs Venus Williams (USA) – Venus gets one day off from Montreal and travels to Cincinnati.  She has a chronic health issue that saps some stamina.  I am tempted to take a very capable Safarova, but Venus is playing the best she has in several years so I…

Jimmy Connors has 2 Missions as Maria Sharapova’s Coach

Mission 1 – Serena Like most people who follow tennis, my first reaction to Maria Sharapova hiring Jimmy Connors was mild confusion.  The more I thought about it; the more I figured Connors’ unwillingness to concede anything to players who had favorable head-to-head records against Jimbo was the key to his hiring.  Connors promised something…

WTA Benefiting from Continuity

I wrote last year that 2011 was a good year for the WTA.  I felt this way because Petra Kvitova looked like she would be a contender for multiple years, Na Li helped tennis expand into a market of over 1 billion people, Sam Stosur added a Grand Slam champion to the great Aussie tradition,…