Toronto R2: Sabine Lisicki vs Barbora Strycova
Sabine Lisicki will come up against Barbora Strycova on Wednesday in Toronto, a fascinating second round matchup between two contrasting styles.
Sabine Lisicki booked her spot in the second round with a crushing 6-0 6-3 victory over Venus Williams. The German made a horror start to her U.S Open series in Stanford where she blew a 6-1 3-1 lead against Kimiko Date-Krumm. Sabine had no such problems in her opening round match in Toronto, Sabine was solid from start to finish, serving well and punishing the American’s weak second serve. It’s important for Sabine to back up her first round performance on Wednesday when she comes up against Barbora Strycova.
Barbora Strycova also made an impressive start to her Rogers Cup campaign. Strycova comprehensively defeated Varvara Lepchenko 6-2 6-4. A solid result given the American played great tennis last week where she reached the semi-finals in Stanford.
Strycova won the only previous encounter between the pair, a hard fought 7-5 6-4 victory in Doha earlier this year. This is a tough match to call, Strycova has an awkward game which can easily disrupt the German, however Sabine does have the game to blow Strycova off the court. I think Strycova will be clever enough to prevail in this one.
Prediction: Barbora Strycova to defeat Sabine Lisicki in 3 sets