Wimbledon 🇬🇧💂🍓 Day 3, R2 Match Preview:
(11) 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova vs 🇺🇸 Madison Brengle
Petra Kvitova will continue her quest for a third Wimbledon title when she comes up against Madison Brengle in the second round at SW19 on Wednesday. Kvitova is one of the form players on tour at the moment despite being in just her third tournament back from a horrific injury in the pre-season. Kvitova is fresh off winning her first title of the year in Birmingham and raced through her opening round match against Johanna Larsson. Kvitova will face a familiar foe in the form of Madison Brengle in the second round, an opponent that actually has a winning record over Kvitova.
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Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R1 Preview + Prediction
🇺🇸 Madison Brengle vs 🇩🇪 Julia Goerges
Julia Goerges looms as one of the most dangerous unseeded players in the draw at Roland Garros 2017. The German has shown promising signs here and there in recent times but inconsistency throughout tournaments and matches continues to plague Julia. On the other side of the spectrum is Madison Brengle, a player with little talent but a player that almost always gives the same level, a solid fighter who can expose players like Goerges if they are not on their game.
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Dubai QF: Sara Errani vs Madison Brengle
An unlikely quarter-final match-up at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships features Sara Errani and Madison Brengle. Errani and Brengle both made lacklustre starts to the season but both have put themselves in a great position to reach a premier level semi-final.
Sara Errani couldn’t have asked for a better pathway to the quarter-finals, the Italian has faced 2 qualifiers on route to the final 8. Errani started the week with a 7-5 6-3 victory over Saisai Zheng before recording a surprisingly comfortable 6-3 6-0 over a wayward Yaroslava Shvedova. Errani’s win over Shvedova was significant given how easily Yaroslava dealt with Errani in their previous meeting at Wimbledon where Shvedova famously won a ‘golden set’ against the Italian. With all seeded players eliminated from the draw, perhaps this is the opportunity Sara Errani needs to turn her disappointing form around?
Madison Brengle has caused 2 big upsets to advance to the quarter-final stage in Dubai for first time in her career. Brengle started the week with a hard-fought 6-4 7-5 win over Ekaterina Makarova before eliminating former champion Petra Kvitova from the draw in the second round courtesy of a 0-6 7-6 6-3 win. Brengle showed great fight in each match, the American was a break down in each set against Makarova but showed real determination to finish the match off in two sets. Brengle was totally outplayed by Kvitova in the first set of their second round match, Kvitova requited just 17 minutes to take the lead. However, Brengle wasn’t disheartened and eventually claimed a tight second set before fighting from a break down to win the last 5 games of the match.
Sara Errani won the only previous clash between the pair, a 6-2 2-6 6-3 victory at the Rogers Cup last year. This match-up sees two very defensive players go head-to-head, long rallies will be the theme of this match. I think this is a good match-up for Errani, the Italian will not be blown off the court and will actually get the chance to dictate play in this match-up. Errani has far more variety and class and should be too good to let an opportunity like this slip by.
Prediction: Sara Errani to defeat Madison Brengle in 2 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.
Dubai R2: (4) Petra Kvitova vs Madison Brengle
After receiving a bye through the first round, Petra Kvitova will begin her Dubai campaign with a second round clash against Madison Brengle. Kvitova has made another extremely disappointing start to a season but will look to rebound at a tournament where she was crowned champion in 2013. Madison Brengle will enter this match with confidence after one of the biggest wins of her career in the first round.
Petra Kvitova arrives in Dubai with just 1 win to her name in 2016. Kvitova’s start to the season has been hampered by injury once again, Kvitova was unable to compete in Shenzhen and was far from her best in Melbourne where she suffered a second round loss to Daria Gavrilova. Petra tried to turn her form around in the Czech Republic’s Fed Cup tie with Romanian, but uncharacteristically suffered 2 losses, defeated by Simona Halep and Monica Niculescu. Kvitova has played great tennis in Dubai in the past and with a good amount of time practising on site she should be ready to compete at a much higher level this week compared to what she has been able to produce so far in 2016.
Madison Brengle advanced to the second round in Dubai courtesy of a surprise 6-4 7-5 victory over Ekaterina Makarova. It was a big victory for the American who has typically struggled against higher ranked opponents. Brengle came from behind in each set and showcased some great defensive skills which ultimately drew enough errors from the Makarova racquet. Brengle will head into her second round match reasonably confident knowing that she has what it takes to beat Kvitova.
Madison Brengle won her only previous encounter with Petra Kvitova. Brengle recorded a shock 6-3 7-6 victory on clay in Stuttgart last year. I suspect this will be a very different match with a very different result. Kvitova is highly likely to produce much better tennis this week in Dubai and should be strong enough to hit past Brengle. This should be a good match-up for Kvitova because she will be given a lot of time by Brengle and will be able to dictate play. I don’t see Kvitova losing to Brengle twice in a row, Kvitova should win this one.
Prediction: Petra Kvitova to defeat Madison Brengle in 2 sets