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(23) 🇦🇺 Samantha Stosur vs (Q) 🇺🇸 Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Samantha Stosur’s section of the draw has really opened up. The former runner-up will not have to face a seeded opponent until at least the quarter-final stage in Paris. Stosur comes up against American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands in the third round at Roland Garros on Friday. Stosur is on a 7-match winning streak after winning the title in Strasbourg last week whilst Mattek-Sands also enters this match in great form having won 5 matches in a row in Paris, most recently an upset win over Petra Kvitova.
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(15) 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova vs (Q) 🇺🇸 Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Petra Kvitova made a fairy-tale return to the tour on Sunday as she opened proceedings on Court Philippe Chatrier, Kvitova showed little signs of rust as she breezed past Julia Boserup 6-3 6-2. Petra is likely to face a greater test on Tuesday when she comes up against the always-dangerous Bethanie Mattek-Sands. The American has come through the qualifying draw so is match hardened, perhaps Mattek-Sands can cause the upset here as Kvitova could be vulnerable in just her second match back?
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Hobart R1: Eugenie Bouchard vs Bethanie Mattek-Sands
Perhaps the most exciting first round match-up at the Hobart International sees one of the tournaments star attractions Eugenie Bouchard come up against Bethanie Mattek Sands. Eugenie is still trying to find her range after spending the final months of 2015 on the sidelines. It will be important for the Canadian to play another couple of matches before heading to Melbourne, however this is unlikely to be an easy match for Eugenie given she has lost to the American in their two previous meetings.
Eugenie Bouchard made a reasonable start to the season last week in Shenzhen. The Canadian rising-star picked up victories over Donna Vekic and Nicole Gibbs on route to the quarter-final stage where she lost to Timea Babos in straight sets. Bouchard still has a lot to work on and is certainly not anywhere near her best, her best level of tennis will come with time, strong results in Hobart could be key for Bouchard before heading to Melbourne.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands is always a dangerous opponent, however her inconsistency and constant injury problems have meant her ranking is always bellow where it could be. The American has been able to remain relatively injury-free over the last couple of years and is therefore well positioned to start playing some of her best tennis. However Bethanie did make a poor start to her 2016 season in Auckland last week, suffering 6-3 4-6 3-6 loss to Kirsten Flipkens in the first round.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands has a perfect 2-0 head-to-head record over Eugenie. Both matches were on a hard court and both were in early 2014, first at the Sydney International and then again in Doha. Both were in straight sets.
Bouchard will see this match as a good opportunity to avenge her previous losses to Mattek-Sands. I believe Eugenie will get the job done here but it will not be easy because Bethanie is a tricky customer and clearly has a winning formula to beat the Canadian. Expect a determined Bouchard to come through this one.
Prediction: Genie Bouchard to defeat Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 3 sets
Beijing QF #1: (Q) Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs (5) Garbine Muguruza
Friday’s 4th and final quarter-final at the China sees American qualifier Bethanie Mattek-Sands come up against last week’s Wuhan runner-up Garbine Muguruza. Bethanie Mattek-Sands has exceeded all expectations this week, reaching one of her biggest quarter-finals in recent memory. Garbine Muguruza is also having a good week, the Spaniard has secured her spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore for the first time in her singles career.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands has had one of her best seasons in a while, especially at the Grand Slam level. The American is now on her greatest run at a WTA event this season, coming through the qualifying draw to reach the quarter-final stage in Beijing. The American only just advanced through the qualifying draw, needing a third set tiebreaker to defeat Lucie Hradecka in the final round of qualifying. Bethanie has certainly gone on to make the most of her spot in the main draw.
Mattek-Sands has had a reasonably favourable draw, she has taken full advantage. The American started the week with a comfortable straight set victory over an out of form Alize Cornet. Bethanie secured her spot in the quarter-finals with three set victories over Lara Arruabarrena and Roberta Vinci. Bethanie’s 6-1 3-6 6-2 victory over U.S Open finalist Roberta Vinci was particularly impressive, the American ending Roberta’s chances of an unlikely appearance at the WTA Finals in Singapore.
Garbine Muguruza arrived in Beijing on the back of a solid week in Wuhan where she played some wonderful tennis before fatigue got the better of her in the final. Garbine Muguruza needed two victories in Beijing to secure her spot at the WTA Finals in Singapore and she has done just that. The Spaniard started the week with a comprehensive 6-2 6-1 victory over Irina Falconi before recovering from a terribly sluggish start to defeat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 1-6 6-2 6-1.
This will be the first career meeting between Bethanie and Garbine, it promises to be an entertaining match. Now that Garbine has clinched her spot at the WTA Finals, it is not clear how motivated she will be to keep going in Beijing, especially given the amount of tennis she has recently played. The same cannot be said for Mattek-Sands, the American has everything to play for on Friday night and will enter this match willing to do anything to reach the semi-finals of such a big event. Therefore pocking a winning in this match isn’t as simple as it may seem.
I’m still going to stick with Garbine, she may even play with more freedom now that she feels she has nothing to lose which is certainly a dangerous prospect for Mattek-Sands. If Garbine turns up to play, she will win.
Prediction: Garbine Muguruza to defeat Bethanie Mattek-Sands in 2 sets
Beijing R3: (Q) Bethanie Mattek-Sands vs (15) Roberta Vinci
An intriguing third round clash at the China Open on Thursday sees two rejuvenated veterans of the tour go head-to-head: Bethanie Mattek Sands and U.S Open finalist Roberta Vinci. Bethanie and Roberta are both playing some of their best tennis at the moment, a significant achievement considering they are both in their 30’s. Both ladies will see this match as a major opportunity to keep their winning momentum going as a long season comes to an end.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands has won 6 of her last 7 matches and has picked up notable victories over Ana Ivanovic, CoCo Vandeweghe and Alize Cornet in the last couple of months. The American was forced to fight for her main draw position through the qualifying draw, Bethanie just snuck through, defeating Lucie Hradecka in a tight final set tiebreaker to advance to the main draw. The American secured her spot in the third round at the China Open with victories over Alize Cornet and Lara Arruabarrena, the score in Bethanie’s second round win over Arruabarrena was bizarre, a 0-6 6-2 6-0 victory for Mattek-Sands.
Roberta Vinci has continued her stunning form which saw reach her first Grand Slam in New York last month. The Italian has now won 16 of her last 19 matches, including her run to the U.S Open final where she defeated Serena Williams and a semi-final showing last week in Wuhan where the Italian picked up notable victories over Karolina Pliskova and Petra Kvitova. Vinci still has a slim chance to qualify for the WTA Finals, she will need a victory here to keep her chances alive. After receiving a performance bye through to the second round, Roberta Vinci started her China Open campaign with a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 victory over Alison Van Uytvank. The draw has been very kind to the Italian in Beijing.
Roberta Vinci holds a 3-1 head-to-head record over Bethanie Mattek-Sands. Roberta has won the three most recent encounters between the pair including a 6-4 5-7 6-3 win in their most recent encounter which took place in Toronto two years ago.
This is an exciting match-up between two ladies with unconventional and quite contrasting styles. Roberta Vinci’s recent form has been outstanding but I feel like she is due for an unexpected loss, this looms as a potential danger match for the Italian. Mattek-Sands is capable of playing excellent tennis and I don’t think she will be too worried or thrown off by the Italian’s game.
Prediction: Bethanie Mattek-Sands to defeat Roberta Vinci in 3 sets