BNP Paribas Open, 🇺🇸🌴 Indian Wells, R2 Match Preview
(2) 🇩🇪 Angelique Kerber vs 🇩🇪 Andrea Petkovic
Angelique Kerber will begin her BNP Paribas Open campaign against compatriot and good friend Andrea Petkovic on Saturday. The German will return to the world number 1 position at the end of the tournament no matter what happens after Serena Williams was a late withdrawal from the event. Now that Kerber has been handed back the number 1 ranking, it will be interesting to see if her results will improve as if feel like there is suddenly less pressure on her shoulders.
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Rogers Cup Second Round Match Preview + Prediction 🇨🇦🍁
(12) 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova vs 🇩🇪 Andrea Petkovic
Former Champion Petra Kvitova will continue her quest for a second Rogers Cup title on Wednesday when she comes against Andrea Petkovic at the second round stage in Montreal. Interestingly the head-to-head record between the pair is split at 4 wins apiece heading into Wednesday’s match.
Petra Kvitova made a commanding start to her 2016 Rogers Cup campaign on Monday evening, the Czech claimed a comprehensive 6-1 6-2 win over Magda Linette. It was a near flawless performance by Petra, a good sign moving forward in Montreal. Kvitova's grass court season was very disappointing by her usual standards, Petra will be keen to make up for that during the U.S Open Series over the next month.
Andrea Petkovic has been unable to find her best form throughout season 2016 but still has to time to make up for the disappointment over the next couple of months. Petkovic advanced to the second round in Montreal thanks to a 7-6 6-3 win over Alize Cornet. It was a good win for the German given her poor previous record over the Frenchwoman.
The head-to-head record between Kvitova and Petkovic is split at 4 wins apiece, the pair have also split their last 4 meetings. Their most recent match was during a Fed Cup tie in 2014, Kvitova claimed a 6-2 6-4 win.
I suspect Kvitova will be too strong for Petkovic on this occasion. Kvitova’s first round performance was very impressive and she seems to be in a good place this week, conversely Petkovic is still deprived of confidence and there is not much to suggest that she is playing well enough to beat Kvitova. Despite the head-to-head record I think this is a good match-up for Petra and she should win this match pretty comfortably.
Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Andrea Petkovic in 2 sets
Dubai QF: Caroline Garcia vs Andrea Petkovic
Thursday’s first quarter-final at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships sees Caroline Garcia take on Andrea Petkovic. This is a huge match for both players who will looking to reach the semi-finals of an event for the first time in 2016. Garcia and Petkovic have both shown good form in Dubai and are quite evenly matched, this should be a highly competitive match to start the day.
Caroline Garcia booked her spot in her first quarter-final of the year courtesy of a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro. Garcia trailed for the majority of the match and was extremely close to suffering a straight set loss when Carla had game points to take a 5-3 lead in the second set. However, Garcia got better and better as the match went on. The Frenchwoman played smart tennis, hitting the ball hard but with good margin and wasn’t afraid to stay with Carla in long baseline exchanges. Garcia’s patient attitude was ultimately rewarded with an important victory.
Andrea Petkovic has breezed through her opening matches in Dubai. The German recorded a crushing 6-2 6-1 victory over a wayward Camila Giorgi in the first round before ousting Jelena Jankovic with a surprisingly easy 6-3 6-2 win. Petkovic will be looking to win three consecutive matches for the first time since Charleston last year and will fancy her chances against an opponent she has never lost to.
Andrea Petkovic has won both of the previous encounters between the pair, both in 2015. Firstly, a 6-2 6-4 win in Eastbourne followed by a 3-6 6-4 7-5 win at the U.S Open. Despite the head-to-head record I’m going to side with Garcia in this match. Garcia is on a four match winning streak and has generally impressed me in the new year. I think Garcia’s attitude as well as her game has really improved and she should be good enough to record her first career win over Petkovic.
Prediction: Caroline Garcia to defeat Andrea Petkovic in 3 sets
Day 3 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships was one of the most bizarre days in terms of results we have seen all year on the WTA tour. Almost every single match ended with the underdog emerging victorious. Heading into the quarter-finals there are no seeded players left in the draw, in fact no seeded player won a match this week. The draw is now wide open for any of the remaining 8 players to become an unlikely champion this week in Dubai. After days like this the dedication of the top players has to be questioned as players such as Garbine Muguruza produced a ridiculously poor level of tennis.
The day started with 2 strange matches. Both Barbora Strycova and Caroline Garcia came back from a set and a break down to record what seemed like an unlikely victory. Barbora Strycova trailed Julia Goerges by a set and 0-3 before winning 12 of the next 13 games to book her spot in the quarter-finals. Goerges was seemingly cursing to victory playing unbelievably well before suddenly collapsing as Strycova raised her level of play. Strycova was actually in tears after the first set and seemed like she little or no fight left in her which made her stunning end to the match all the more surprising.
Caroline Garcia pulled a similar trick, coming from a set and 4-2 down to advance to the final 8 with a 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory. Suarez Navarro had multiple game points to take a 5-3 lead in the second set but was typically shaky when the pressure was on and committed far too many unforced errors. A rain delay halted proceedings with Garcia serving for the match at 5-3 in the deciding set, Garcia did well to close out the match when play resumed after an awkward wait. It was a good win for Garcia who was not at her best for most of the match but never stopped fighting and was ultimately rewarded for her efforts.
When play resumed after a lengthy rain delay the upsets continued. Andrea Petkovic recorded a surprisingly comfortable 6-3 6-2 victory over Jelena Jankovic whilst Sara Errani thumped a hopelessly disappointing Yaroslava Shvedova 6-3 6-0. The Kazakh was a shadow of her best, and a shadow of the player that smashed Errani at Wimbledon in their previous meetings. Shvedova hit far too many reckless unforced errors and pretty much handed Errani a place in the next. Credit to Errani, she was there to take advantage of her opponent’s poor performance.
Sara Errani will face Madison Brengle in the quarter-finals after the American produced yet another upset win by defeating Petra Kvitova 0-6 7-6 6-3. It was a gutsy victory by Brengle considering she was totally outplayed in the opening set. The American also trailed by a break in the deciding set before rallying to win the final 5 games of the match. It was a horrific loss for Kvitova as her season goes from bad to worse. Garbine Muguruza’s season has also gone from bad to worse, the Spaniard hit a whopping 68 unforced errors in straight set loss to Elina Svitolina. Muguruza didn't seem to interested in the match and couldn't have played much worse. Svitolina finished the match with 8 winners and 28 unforced errors but that was good enough to get he win on the night.
Day 3 also saw the defending champion dumped from the event in her opening match of the week. The top seeded Simona Halep was ousted by Ana Ivanovic who recorded a 7-6 6-2 victory over the Romanian. Halep has ahead for almost the entire first set and served for the set at 5-4 where she squandered a set point before eventually being totally outplayed in the tiebreak. Simona offered very little resistance in the second set as Ivanovic ran away with the match and continued her resurgence after a poor start to the year. CoCo Vandeweghe was also victorious on day 3, winning a topsy-turvy three match against Kristina Mladenovic.
With no seeded player left in the day heading into the quarter-finals every player left in the draw should feel as though they have a legitimate chance to win the title. It will be interesting to see who is able to make the most of this rare opportunity.
Day 1 at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships was dominated by upsets (as is so often the case with a WTA event). A pair of American’s recorded impressive, surprise victories: CoCo Vandeweghe defeated 2015 runner-up Karolina Pliskova whilst Madison Brengle defeated 2015 semi-finalist Ekaterina Makarova. Julia Goerges recorded a dominant victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova whilst Andrea Petkovic recorded a much needed win over Camila Giorgi.
The day started with a huge upset, Madison Brengle recorded one of the biggest victories of her career, defeating an erratic Ekaterina Makarova 6-4 7-5. Brengle showed great resilience throughout the match, coming from behind in each set courtesy of dogged defense. Brengle’s reward is a second round clash with 2013 champion Petra Kvitova. Fellow American CoCo Vandeweghe also recorded a significant win, defeating Karolina Pliskova 7-6 6-1. It was the American’s first singles victory of 2016. Vandeweghe won a tight opening set which featured no breaks of serve before running away with the match in the second set.
A pair of German’s made brilliant starts to their Dubai campaign on Monday. Andrea Petkovic thrashed Camila Giorgi 6-2 6-1 whilst Julia Goerges produced a superb performance to defeat Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-0 6-1. Goerges blasted 28 winners past the Russian, it was the worst loss inflicted on the Russian in her 13-year career. The challenge for both Petkovic and Goerges will be to bring their great form into the next round, both have struggled to be consistent in recent times.
On a day of upsets there was some stability, Kristina Mladenovic and Caroline Garcia both got off to a positive start in Dubai. Mladenovic overcame Lesia Tsurenko with a 6-2 7-6 win whilst Caroline Garcia defeated Anna Schmiedlova 6-4 6-1. Kristina Mladenovic will face CoCo Vandeweghe in the second round, Caroline Garcia will face Carla Suarez Navarro for a place in the quarter-finals.
The qualifying draw was also finalised on Monday with Tsvetana Pironkova, Yaroslava Shvedova, Jana Cepelova and Saisai Zheng all winning their way into the main draw. A strong group of qualifiers, it wouldn’t be surprising to see one or more of them progress through the first round in Dubai.