Category Archives: 2016

Petra Kvitova vs Dominika Cibulkova, Wuhan Final Preview

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, Championship Match 🇨🇳
(14) 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova vs (10) 🇸🇰 Dominika Cibulkova

Petra Kvitova and Dominika Cibulkova have both produced some outstanding tennis this week to defy the odds and reach the final of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. A win here will keep Petra Kvitova’s slim hopes of qualifying for the WTA Finals alive whilst a win for Cibulkova will all but guarantee a spot in Singapore for the Slovakian in what would her first every appearance at the season finals.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Caroline Wozniacki, Wuhan R3 Preview

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, Third Round 🇨🇳
(3) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki

Agnieszka Radwanska and Caroline Wozniacki will renew hostilities on Wednesday night when they meet at the third round stage of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. Wozniacki has owned the head-to-head series between the pair in recent times having won the last four meetings between the pair, including a hard-fought three set win over the Pole last week in Tokyo. Continue reading Agnieszka Radwanska vs Caroline Wozniacki, Wuhan R3 Preview

Simona Halep vs Yaroslava Shvedova, Wuhan R3 Preview

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, Third Round 🇨🇳
(4) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs 🇰🇿 Yaroslava Shvedova

Simona Halep will be searching for her first win over Yaroslava Shvedova when the pair meet at the third round stage of the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open. Shvedova eased past Halep 6-4 6-2 in their only previous meeting which took place at the 2012 Olympics on the grass of SW19. Shvedova enters this third round clash in great form and looms as a real threat to the fourth seeded Romanian.

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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Ekaterina Makarova, Wuhan R2 Preview

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, Second Round 🇨🇳
(3) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska vs 🇷🇺 Ekaterina Makarova

Agnieszka Radwanska will be wary of her first opponent at the 2016 Wuhan Open, Makarova has troubled Radwanska in the past and made a commanding start to her Wuhan campaign on Sunday evening with a thrashing of Sabine Lisicki.

Agnieszka Radwanska has been the most successful player during the Asian Swing over the last couple of years, winning more titles than anyone else. The Pole made another solid start in Asia last week where she reached the semi-final stage in Tokyo. However, the week ultimately ended in disappointment for the Pole as she squandered several significant leads before succumbing to Caroline Wozniacki in a tight third set in their semi-final match. Radwanska has a chance to climb up the rankings this week as she has no points to defend after falling in the first round in Wuhan last year.

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Roberta Vinci vs Yaroslava Shvedova, Wuhan R2 Preview

Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, Second Round 🇨🇳
(13) 🇮🇹 Roberta Vinci vs 🇰🇿 Yaroslava Shvedova

Two veterans of the tour will go head-to-head in what should be a tight second round match at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Tuesday. Vinci and Shvedova both won through to the second round with convincing straight set wins, both have been in good form of late.

Roberta Vinci has solidified her spot in the top 20 in season 2016, thanks largely to a solid run to the quarter-finals at the U.S Open earlier this month. Vinci was on a hot streak this time last year as she went on to reach the semi-finals in Wuhan, the zippy surface seems to suit the Italian. Vinci’s 2016 Wuhan campaign got off to a flying start on Sunday when she comfortably dispatched Monica Puig 6-3 6-3, Vinci served particularly well throughout the match as she served 7 aces and did not face a break point for the entire match.

 

Yaroslava Shvedova also arrived in Wuhan with confidence after a pleasing run to the second week in New York earlier this month. The Kazakh is competing in Wuhan for the very first time and made a near flawless start on Sunday when she thumped Saisai Zheng 6-0 6-3. Shvedova was unstoppable in the first set before holding off a late fightback from Zheng. Shvedova also went through her opening match without being broken, a good sign for Shvedova.

This looks like a rare match-up on the WTA tour where holding serve is very important, particularly on this surface. This is an old-school match-up between two players that frequently move forward to the net, both have great volleying technique. There is little to separate the pair, but Vinci seemingly has a slight edge.

The Italian holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Shvedova. It was the Kazakh who won their most recent match earlier this year, a 6-0 4-6 6-3 win in Dubai. I suspect Vinci will avenge that loss on this occasion, both are capable of taking care of their service games but Vinci’s baseline game is generally more consistent and therefore she will win in this match-up more often than not.

Prediction: Roberta Vinci to defeat Yaroslava Shvedova in 3 sets