Wimbledon 🇬🇧 First Round Match Preview + Prediction
(17) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs 🇬🇧 Naomi Broady
An interesting opening round clash between Elina Svitolina and Naomi Broady will feature a huge contrast in styles. The Ukrainian is clearly the more established player but the grass court surface will suit the Brit in this match-up. Elina Svitolina and Naomi Broady both arrive in London without claiming a grass court victory in season 2016, both will see this clash as a winnable one.
Elina Svitolina hasn’t quite been able to replicate her form of recent seasons in 2016 but has still achieved some very respectable results. The Ukrainian has never played her best tennis on a grass court, Wimbledon has clearly been Elina’s least successful Grand Slam as she has only ever won 1 main draw match at the event, significantly worse than her results at the other three Grand Slam events. Svitolina only played one event on the grass in the lead-up to Wimbledon, Svitolina was defeated by Carla Suarez Navarro in three tight sets in Birmingham. Svitolina’s game is clearly not best suited to grass but she is solid enough to achieve decent success on the surface.
Naomi Broady has only ever won 1 main draw match at a Grand Slam, which was at Wimbledon in 2014 where she defeated Timea Babos. Broady’s chances of claiming a second main draw win at a Grand Slam appear to be slim given her recent form. The Brit has lost 8 of her last 10 matches and has amassed a 0-3 record throughout the grass court season courtesy of first round losses in Nottingham, Birmingham and Eastbourne. Broady’s most recent match was a 1-6 1-6 loss to Monica Puig in Eastbourne, a worrying sign heading into her first round match at Wimbledon given Puig and Svitolina have quite a few similarities.
This will be the first ever meeting between Svitolina and Broady. The contrast in styles between these two is obvious, Broady has a huge serve and decent power from the baseline but has poor movement and can lack variety whilst Svitolina has a relatively weak serve but is very solid from the baseline and her movement is elite. Ultimately I think Svitolina should be too strong for Broady on this occasion, Broady’s recent from suggests that she is not capable of producing a level of tennis that will be required to hit through Svitolina.
Prediction: Elina Svitolina to defeat Naomi Broady in 3 sets
Malaysian Open QF: (3) (wc) Sabine Lisicki vs Naomi Broady
An interesting quarter-final match-up in Kuala Lumpur sees 2 of the biggest servers go head-to-head when Sabine Lisicki comes up against Naomi Broady. This will be the first career meeting between the pair.
Sabine Lisicki has made a really poor start to the season but has a chance to gain some much needed momentum in Kuala Lumpur. The German advanced through to the quarter-finals courtesy of tight straight set victories over Magda Linette and Barbora Krejcikova. Kuala Lumpur is the first event in 2016 that Sabine has managed to record back-to-back victories, a couple more victories for Sabine would be the perfect preparation heading into Indian Wells and Miami where the German has a significant amount of points to defend.
Unlike Sabine Lisicki, Naomi Broady does having winning momentum on her side after a positive start to the season. However, the majority of Naomi’s victories have been at the lower level including a title run at the 100k ITF event in Midland a couple of weeks ago. Broady started the week in Kuala Lumpur with a three set win over Klara Koukalova before beating Zhaoxuan Yang in straight sets to reach the quarter-finals.
On paper, this looks like a bit of a danger match for Sabine but I actually expect her to do well in this match-up. Obviously both players are fantastic servers but Sabine is far more competent and versatile from the baseline and is also a better returner and has far greater movement and defensive skills. Sabine should win this match.
Prediction: Sabine Lisicki to defeat Naomi Broady in 2 sets
Biggest winner: Daria Kasatkina (d. V. Williams 6-7 6-3 6-3)
There was a lot of hype surrounding Daria Kasatkina heading into season 2016 with many expecting the young Russian to climb up the rankings. However I don’t think many would have expected the 18-year-old to make such a massive impact in her first match of the season.
The Russian claimed easily the greatest victory of her career by upsetting defending Champion Venus Williams in three sets in the first round at the ASB Classic in Auckland. The manner in which Daria won was particularly impressive, after losing a tight opening set it would have been very easy for the Russian to become disheartened, however to the contrary she actually stepped up her game, it was very refreshing to see. Daria displayed her all-round game, her great movement and flashy forehand stood out. Now the challenge for Daria is to quickly forget about the victory and concentrate on moving further through the draw.
Biggest loser: Ana Ivanovic (d. by N. Broady 5-7 4-6)
Ana Ivanovic made a horrific start to her 2016 season, suffering an embarrassing straight sets loss to British qualifier Naomi Broady. After a disappointing 2015 season, Ivanovic would have been hoping to gain some much needed confidence in Auckland however this result will do the exact opposite and has the potential to have a lasting effect.
Ivanovic never looked comfortable throughout her first match of the season. Ana unable to read the Naomi’s serve as the Brit fired 14 aces past her racquet. Ivanovic’s own serve was as erratic as ever, committing 8 double faults including a couple towards the end of the match at very crucial stages. Ivanovic clearly has a lot to work on before stepping onto the court in Melbourne.