Simona Halep is the New #1

I started following Simona Halep in 2013 and 2014.  I enjoyed watching her scramble and hit well-timed powerful shots.  Her athleticism and hustle have been a big plus to the WTA Tour for multiple years now.  Halep’s runner-up finishes at the 2014 and 2017 Roland Garros events were bittersweet as she was close to breaking…

Miami Open 2017: March 28th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Tuesday, March 28, 2017 Order of play Stadium (11 a.m. start) [2] Karolina Pliskova (CZE) vs. [26] Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (CRO) – A revenge match from Melbourne goes to the #2 seed this time around.  I think Pliskova will dictate play often enough to keep ML-B on the defensive and make victory for the…

Miami Open 2017: March 26th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Venus won Miami in 1998: Hard to Fathom  Stadium (11 a.m. start) [1] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Shelby Rogers (USA) – Kerber is too good to keep posting mediocre results.    [11] Venus Williams vs [Q] Patricia Maria Tig (ROU) – Venus’ 2017 Renaissance has been under reported. [3] Simona Halep…

Miami Open 2017: March 24th WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD Stadium (11 a.m. start) [3] Simona Halep (ROU) vs. Naomi Osaka (JPN) – Halep’s post Rogers Cup results have not been great.  This could be a good place to turn around recent trends. [1] Angelique Kerber (GER) vs. Ying-Ying Duan (CHN) –  Kerber should win, but I am not seeing the…

Miami Open 2017: March 23rd WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD ORDER OF PLAY – THURSDAY, MARCH 23, 2017 STADIUM start 11:00 am WTA – [Q] M. Brengle (USA) vs [2] Ka. Pliskova (CZE) – This could be a good match, but I think the 2nd seed will advance.  With Serena Williams struggling with injuries and Angelique Kerber struggling in general, Pliskova has…

Miami 2017: March 22nd WTA Predictions

Predicted Winners in BOLD ORDER OF PLAY – WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22, 2017 Not Before 3:00 pm WTA – E. Bouchard (CAN) vs [WC] A. Barty (AUS) – This is an interesting match that could help with either player’s comeback attempt. WTA – C. Bellis (USA) vs [WC] A. Tomljanovic (CRO)  WTA – S. Cirstea (ROU)…

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…