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Caroline Garcia vs Anna Schmiedlova, Dubai R1 Preview

Dubai R1: Caroline Garcia vs Anna Schmiedlova

Two of the tours most promising rising stars will collide in an exciting first round match on Monday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships when Caroline Garcia comes up against Anna Schmiedlova. Both ladies have made relatively disappointing starts to the season and will look at this match as an opportunity to gain a much needed boost in confidence.

Caroline Garcia’s Australian Open campaign started off in promising fashion after amassing a perfect record at the Hopman Cup and a good week in Sydney. However, Garcia’s Australian summer ultimately ended in disappointment when she suffered a first round loss to Barbora Strycova in Melbourne. Garcia still arrives in Dubai in some good form after guiding France to a crucial Fed Cup victory over Italy last weekend. Garcia recorded victories over Camila Giorgi and Sara Errani, both in straight sets. There is an opportunity for Garcia to go on a deep run this week given the vulnerability of the top seeds in the draw.

 

Anna Schmiedlova had a wonderful season 2015 but has been unable to bring that form into 2016. Schmiedlova has suffered some crushing defeats in 2016, including straight set losses to Varvara Lepchenko, Monica Puig and Daria Kasatkina during the Australian summer. The Slovakian has shown that she is a quality player and will no doubt turn her poor form around at some stage in the near future, this match could be a good opportunity for Schmiedlova to gain a much needed win.

This will be the first career meeting between Garcia and Schmiedlova. These two are pretty evenly matched and have similar capabilities. However, Garcia looks to have the edge heading into this particular match. The Frenchwoman has the better form heading into this match, playing much more consistent tennis. Garcia is likely to hold serve easier than her opponent in this match-up, one of the key differences between the pair who are both very competent from the baseline.

Prediction: Caroline Garcia to defeat Anna Schmiedlova in 3 sets


WTA Elite Trophy, Zhuhai Day 4 Match Previews & Predictions

Zhuhai Day 4 Match Previews & Predictions 

Venus Williams, Karolina Pliskova and Roberta Vinci secured semi-final births on day 3, the final semi-finalist will be confirmed on the final day of group stage action on Friday. Elina Svitolina and Carla Suarez Navarro will battle for the final position, the winner will progress to the final 4. Roberta Vinci advanced to the semi-finals courtesy of Caroline Wozniacki retiring against Kuznetsova and withdrawing from the event, essentially eliminating the Russian from the event. 

Group B: (2) Carla Suarez Navarro vs (8) Elina Svitolina

Friday's most intriguing match sees Carla Suarez Navarro and Elina Svitolina go head-to-head for a spot in the semi-finals. Carla and Elina both pick up victories over Andrea Petkovic, the winner of this match will finish on top of Group B and progress to the semi-final stage. 

 

Carla Suarez Navarro routed a wounded Andrea Petkovic 6-0 6-0 in her opening group stage match in Zhuhai. Petkovic was not competitive, offering little to no resistance. Nevertheless, Carla was seemingly playing at a pretty reasonable level. 

Elina Svitolina started the week with a 7-6 6-3 victory over Andrea Petkovic. The German was certainly much more competitive in this match, offering much more resistance. Svitolina's form during the Asian Swing was poor but she seems to be in a better place this week and will be keen to make an impact in Zhuhai, this is a good opportunity for Elina. 

The head-to-head record between Carla and Elina is split at 1 win apiece, Elina won their most recent clash 4-6 6-4 6-4 in Cincinnati last year. This should be a good match with both ladies desperate to win, I like Elina's chances here. Carla and Elina are both great grinders from the baseline, but Elina is more solid and has a greater ability to attack. 

Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Carla Suarez Navarro in 2 sets 

Group D: (4) Roberta Vinci vs Anna Schmiedlova 

Roberta Vinci and Anna Schmiedlova will go head-to-head for the first time on Friday. Courtesy of Caroline Wozniacki's withdrawal from the event, Anna Schmiedlova has taken her spot as an alternate. 

 

Roberta Vinci started her Zhuhai campaign in style with a commanding 6-4 6-4 victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova. Vinci was on top from start to finish, the Italian's serve was never broken. 

Schmiedlova is certainly a dangerous opponent and is more than capable of competing with the U.S Open finalist, Schmiedlova has nothing to lose and I think she will cause an upset here. 

Prediction: Anna Schmiedlova to defeat Roberta Vinci in 3 sets 

Group A: (7) Madison Keys vs (12) (WC) Saisai Zheng 

The Final match of the day is a dead rubber. Madison and Saisai both lost their opening group stage matches to Venus Williams meaning the American will finish on top of the group and advance to the semi-finals. 

Madison and Saisai both showed promising signs in their opening group matches despite being defeated. Keys came particularly close to victory, outplaying Venus for the majority of the first 2 sets but ultimately succumbing 6-3 6-7 1-6.  Keys will be hoping to end the best season of he career on a high with a victory over Zheng. 

 

Saisai Zheng pushed Venus Williams much more than expected. Saisai made a terrific start to the match and hung on the claim the first set. However Venus would eventually raise her level to steamroll past the local hopeful 4-6 6-1 6-1. 

This will be the first career meeting between the pair and it should end in a victory for the American, unless she has a really bad day

Prediction: Madison Keys to defeat Saisai Zheng in 2 sets

Garbine Muguruza vs Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Wuhan QF Preview

 Wuhan QF: (5) Garbine Muguruza vs Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

Two of the tour’s most promising rising stars will go head-to-head at the quarter-final stage of the Wuhan Open on Thursday when Garbine Muguruza comes up against Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. Garbine Muguruza is now just won win away from reaching the top 5 for the first time in her career and is a couple of victories away from confirming her position at the WTA Finals in Singapore. This is also an extremely important match for Schmiedlova, a real chance to solidify her spot in the top 30 and guarantee a seeding at the first Grand Slam of 2016.

Garbine Muguruza struggled to back up her spectacular run to the final at Wimbledon during the North American summer. The Spaniard seems to have finally settled in Wuhan, producing her two best victories since Wimbledon to advance to the quarter-final stage. After receiving a bye into the second round, Muguruza began her week with a commanding 6-2 6-0 thrashing of Sloane Stephens. Garbine backed up that performance by winning 11 of the last 12 games to defeat Ana Ivanovic 4-6 6-1 6-0.

 

Garbine played near flawless tennis in the final two sets of her third round victory over Ivanovic, reminding us all of what she is capable of when she is at her brilliant best. Garbine will like her chances of moving forward in Wuhan when she comes up against an opponent she has never lost to on Thursday, a real chance to take a big step towards her first appearance at the upcoming WTA Finals in Singapore.

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova has also had an impressive week in Wuhan, reaching her 8th quarter-final of the year. Schmiedlova started the week with a routine straight set victory over Duque-Marino before recording one of the biggest victories of her career when she came from 1-6 1-4 down to defeat Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 in the third set. Schmiedlova backed up her victory over Wozniacki with a very mature performance to defeat Kristina Mladenovic 6-4 6-2 to set up an intriguing quarter-final clash with Garbine Muguruza, Schmiedlova will be searching for her first career victory over the Spaniard.

 

Garbine Muguruza holds a perfect 2-0 head-to-head record over Schmiedlova. Both of their previous meetings took place in 2014, both won by Muguruza in straight sets: a 6-3 6-3 win in Melbourne before a 6-2 6-4 win at Roland Garros.

This seems like a good match-up for Garbine, the Spaniard does most things better than Schmiedlova, the Slovakian will need to rely on her superior defensive skills and hope Muguruza has an off day. That seems unlikely, Garbine has played some awesome tennis this week and should be too powerful for Schmiedlova. With a position in Singapore on the line, this is a match Garbine simply cannot afford to lose.

Prediction: Garbine Muguruza to defeat Anna Schmiedlova in 2 sets

Kristina Mladenovic vs Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Wuhan R3 Preview

Wuhan R3: Kristina Mladenovic vs Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

An unexpected third round match-up at the Wuhan sees Kristina Mladenovic take on Anna Karolina Schmiedlova. This will be the first career meeting between Mladenovic and Schmiedlova, a wonderful opportunity for both to reach a rare premier 5 level quarter-final and pick up valuable ranking points.

Kristina Mladenovic is finally starting to live up to her enormous potential. The Frenchwoman reached her first ever Grand Slam quarter-final at the U.S Open last month and she now has an opportunity to go on a deep run in Wuhan. Mladenovic started her week with a convincing 6-1 6-4 victory over Patricia Tig before advancing to the third round with a 7-5 1-6 6-2 win over Madison Keys. It was a big victory for Mladenovic, another big scalp she has claimed in 2015.

 

Anna Karolina Schmiedlova continues to impress. The Slovakian reached the semi-finals in Seoul last week and has made a fabulous start to her Wuhan campaign. Schmiedlova recorded a 6-4 6-4 first round victory over Duque-Marino before picking up arguably the biggest victory of her career in the second round where she defeated Caroline Wozniacki 1-6 6-4 7-6.

Schmiedlova trailed 1-6 1-4 and looked destined for a routine loss, however the Slovakian really raised her level, matching Wozniacki from the baseline in a stunning display to turn the match around. The Schmiedlova backhand more than matched Wozniacki’s famous backhand, the Slovakian did well at the end of the match to maintain her composure as Wozniacki took several medial timeouts at questionable times.

This will be the first career meeting between Mladenovic and Schmiedlova, this is a critical match for both, a great opportunity to reach the quarter-finals. I’m leaning towards Schmiedlova, the Slovakian is just a little more reliable and is far more solid from the baseline. It will be tough for Mladenovic to hit through Schmiedlova.

Prediction: Anna Schmiedlova to defeat Kristina Mladenovic in 3 sets

Petra Kvitova vs Anna Schmiedlova, U.S Open R3 Preview

U.S Open R3: (5) Petra Kvitova vs (32) Anna Schmiedlova

A resurgent Petra Kvitova continues her U.S Open campaign on Saturday when she comes up against Slovakian rising-star Anna Schmiedlova. Kvitova made a horrendous start to the U.S Open series but is now on a six match winning streak after claiming the title last week in New Haven and cruising through her opening two matches at Flushing Meadows.

Petra Kvitova suffered back-to-back first round exits at the start of the U.S Open series but was able to build some serious momentum last week in New Haven where she defeated quality opponents on route to the title. Kvitova has carried that momentum into the final Grand Slam of the year where she has gotten off to a flying start. Petra stormed past Laura Siegemund 6-1 6-1 in the first round before coming up with another clean performance to defeat Nicole Gibbs 6-3 6-4. Petra will face her first real test of the tournament on Saturday when she comes up against an in form Anna Schmiedlova for a spot in the fourth round.

 

Anna Schmiedlova also arrived in New York full of confidence after coming through the qualifying draw to reach the quarter-finals in Cincinnati. Schmiedlova was rewarded with a seeding at this year’s U.S Open and she has made the most of her seeding to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows for the first time in her career. The Slovakian picked up an impressive 6-3 6-4 victory over Julia Goerges in the first round before surviving an extremely close second round encounter. Defeating Danka Kovinic 6-4 5-7 6-4. It was a mature victory by Schmiedlova in the end, she had chances to close the match in two sets but was able to keep her cool towards the end of a tight third set.

This will be the first career meeting between Kvitova and Schmiedlova. First up on Arthur Ashe Stadium, I expect Kvitova to have the edge in this match-up. Kvitova is in great form at the moment and should simply be too powerful for Schmiedlova. The Slovakian often relies on her good movement and ability to grind out points but that will not be easy against Kvitova in the quicker conditions in New York.

Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Anna Schmiedlova in 3 sets