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2015 WTA Top 20 Matches

15. U.S Open R2: Petra Cetkovska d. Caroline Wozniacki 6-4 5-7 7-6

One of the biggest upsets of the year came in the second round at Flushing Meadows where Petra Cetkovska stunned 2014 U.S Open finalist Caroline Wozniacki. This victory came out of nowhere for Cetkovska who had not won a main draw tour level match prior to the U.S Open in 2015.

 

This match was a classic case of attack vs defence, in the end fortune favoured the brave. Cetkovska finished the match with a whopping 61 winners and 60 unforced errors whilst Wozniacki hit 23 winners and committed 32 unforced errors. Cetkovska’s backhand was particularly destructive, hitting winners from every part of the court off her favourite wing.

The match was full of drama, late night on Arthur Ashe Stadium in front of a vocal New York crowd. Cetkovska looked to heading for a straight set victory when she led 6-4 3-0. Wozniacki had to dig deep to send the match to a decider. The real drama took place towards the end of the deciding set, Cetkovska saved four match points on her serve before producing a phenomenal level of tennis to blow Wozniacki off the court in the deciding tiebreaker.

14. RG R2: Francesca Schiavone d. Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-7 7-5 10-8

Francesca Schiavone and Svetlana Kuznetsova have produced some epic matches over the years, their marathon second round clash at Roland Garros this year was certainly one of their best.
Schiavone and Kuznetsova played out the longest ever match at Grand Slam in the open era at the Australian Open in 2011, a match that lasted 4 hours and 44 minutes. This match wasn’t quite as long lasting 3 hours and 49 minutes but it was just as dramatic. A memorable match between two former champions at Roland Garros.

 

The match was extremely tight from start to finish, Kuznetsova and Schiavone know each other’s games so well making it difficult just to win points in this match-up. Kuznetsova had her fair share of leads in the deciding set, twice serving for the match and even having a match point on her serve. However Schiavone’s heroics would deny the Russian, claiming another historic victory on the French clay.

13. Stuttgart F: Angelique Kerber def. Caroline Wozniacki 3-6 6-1 7-5

This is the first of many matches in my list of top 20 to feature Angelique Kerber. The German and Caroline Wozniacki played out one of the most entertaining finals of the year in Stuttgart. Both ladies produced a high level of tennis as they looked to claim a rare clay court title. Kerber would ultimately finish on top to record back-to- back titles after claiming the title in Charleston the week before, much to the delight of the German crowd.

 

Angie was surprisingly totally outplayed by Wozniacki in the first set but really upped her intensity and level in the second set to send the match to a decider. The final set was particularly epic. Angie and Caroline were giving their all, it would usually take something pretty special in this match just to win a point.

It was Wozniacki who opened up a lead in the deciding set, serving for the match at 5-3. However Kerber would come roaring back, thriving off the energy from the crowd Kerber would go on to win 4 straight games to claim one of the biggest titles of her career.

12. Australian Open F: Serena Williams d. Maria Sharapova 6-3 7-6

The Australian Open final may not have gone the distance but the quality of this match was certainly high enough to warrant being considered one of the best matches of the year. Serena Williams was forced to work extremely hard for her 19th Grand Slam title. Matches between Serena and Maria are always played at such a high intensity: this was no exception. Both Serena and Maria unleashed some almighty roars, the tension in the air was obvious.

 

The first set was pretty routine for Serena, it looked like she would cruise to another comfortable victory over Maria. However the Russian really raised her game in the second set and went toe to toe with the world number 1. The second set was extremely close, there were no breaks of serve. Both ladies had opportunities to break but both served very well under pressure.

Maria saved a championship point towards the end of the set before forcing a tiebreaker.The tiebreaker was particularly epic, with so much one the line the two best players in the world gave it their absolute all. Serena’s serve was ultimately the difference, the match fittingly ended with an ace by the American. Serena’s reaction and extremely moving speech after the match added to the occasion.

11. Wimbledon R3: Garbine Muguruza d. Angelique Kerber 7-6 1-6 6-2

The 83-minute first set between Garbine Muguruza and Angelique Kerber at Wimbledon was arguably the best set of tennis of the year. The rest of the match was a bit of a letdown, both players were exhausted after the first set and the quality dropped a little.

The first set was truly epic, particularly towards the end. Muguruza survived a 16 minute 12th game, saving 5 set points in the process to send the set to a tiebreaker. The quality of tennis in the 17-minute tiebreak was jaw-dropping. Muguruza would save 4 more set points before triumphing 14-12. Muguruza ended up saving 9 set points in total, most of them were with winners.

 

The second and third sets were very one-sided, with Kerber sending the match to a decider before Muguruza stormed to victory. The Spaniard’s aggression was ultimately the difference, Garbine hit 57 winners to just 43 unforced errors whilst Kerber ended with a respectable 33 winners and 15 unforced errors.

Unfortunately there seem to be no highlight videos of the Schiavone-Kuznetsova match or the Muguruza-Kerber match. 

Caroline Wozniacki vs Petra Cetkovska, U.S Open R2 Preview

U.S Open R2: (4) Caroline Wozniacki vs Petra Cetkovska

There is a lot of pressure on Caroline Wozniacki at Flushing Meadows over the next fortnight, the Dane is defending finalist points from 2014 and will be extremely desperate to reach the second week and beyond. Wozniacki made a perfect start to her 2015 U.S Open campaign on Tuesday, cruising past Jamie Loeb to set up a second clash with Petra Cetkovska. This is a potentially dangerous match for Wozniacki, Cetkovska is capable of causing an upset.

Caroline Wozniacki needed just over an hour to book her spot in the second round in New York, defeating Jamie Loeb 6-2 6-0. Wozniacki’s recent form hasn’t been great, the Dane struggled with injury throughout the U.S Open series and still has question marks surrounding her form and fitness. The Dane will be given her first real test of the tournament on Thursday when she comes up Petra Cetkovska, an opponent she lost to in their most recent meeting.

 

Petra Cetkovska has played the majority of her tennis in 2015 at lower level events, trying to recover her ranking after a lengthy period on the sidelines. Cetkovska picked up her first Grand Slam victory in 2015 on Tuesday, coming from a set down to record an impressive 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Christina McHale.

Caroline Wozniacki holds a 2-1 head to head record over Cetkovska. However it was Cetkovska who prevailed in their most recent encounter, a 6-2 6-2 victory at Wimbledon back in 2013. Both of Wozniacki’s victories came on a hard court, both in straight sets. Wozniacki should make it three from three on hard courts against Cetkovska on Thursday. The Dane will be ready for the challenge and should prove too solid for Cetkovska who hasn’t played any matches against high quality opponents in 2015.

Prediction: Caroline Wozniacki to defeat Petra Cetkovska in 2 sets

A Determined Cornet too strong for A fragile Cetkovska

Alize Cornet has battled her way past Petra Cetkovska 6-4 5-7 6-3 to reach the third round at SW19 where she will take on world number 1 Serena Williams.

It was Cetkovska who started the match off quite well. The Czech would break in the opening game of the match before consolidating her lead with a comfortable service hold. Cetkovska would maintain her lead for a couple of games, at 4-2 she was seemingly in control of the set. Cetkovska was the one being more aggressive, pushing Cornet way behind the baseline. Unfortunately for Petra she began to tighten up, Cornet seemed to sense her opponents vulnerability and stepped up her aggression. Some deep, aggressive service returns saw Cornet break to level the set at 4-4. Cornet eventually running away with the set 6-4.

Cornet’s momentum continued into the second set where she would begin with a love service hold. Cetkovska would finally break Cornet’s run of 5 straight games with a comfortable service hold of her own. Cetkovska began to be more aggressive once again, breaking Cornet before holding with her first ace of the match. Up 5-2, once again Petra would go into her shell and struggle to finish off the set. Cornet would win 3 straight games to level the set at 5-5. A lapse in concentration would see Cornet miss an easy put away, handing the Czech two break points, Cetkovska would break to give herself a chance to serve for the set for a third time. It was third time lucky for the Czech who finally managed to produce a decent service game when it mattered most.

The opening game of the third set was perhaps the most important game of the match. It was by far the longest game of the match, Cetkovska had her chances to break but Cornet managed to hold courtesy of some impressive first serves. Cetkovska did manage a tight service hold of her own in return but from here it was all Cornet. At 15-15 Cornet would take a tumble on the grass, in typical Cornet fashion she would respond with three straight points to hold for a 2-1 lead. Another loose game from Cetkovska would hand the break and ascendancy to Cornet. The Frenchwoman would hold to love to take total control of the match. At 5-3 Cornet would serve for the match. Cornet played a solid game whilst Cetkovska made error after error, continually selecting the wrong shot. A solid win for Cornet, but she will have to play the match of her life in the next round to get past Serena Williams.

Wimbledon – Day 4 – Second Round Match Previews/Predictions

Day three saw contenders Petra Kvitova and Agnieszka Radwanska strengthen their muscles in dominant straight set victories. A rusty Victoria Azarenka became the first real big name to fall, going down to Bojana Jovanovski in a tight three set match. Day four looks to be fairly straightforward as we all know Wimbledon always throws up some surprise results.

(11) Ana Ivanovic vs Jie Zheng

Ana Ivanovic was less than convincing in her opening round victory over Francesca Schiavone and will need to raise her level in the second round when she comes up against China’s Jie Zheng. Both ladies had good results in the lead up to Wimbledon. Ivanvoic won her first grass court title in Birmingham whilst Jie Zheng made the final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. Jie Zheng is always dangerous on grass, her flat groundstrokes are particularly troublesome on this surface.

The two have met on four previous occasions, the head to head is split at 2-2. In 2008 Jie Zheng defeated Ivanovic in their only previous meeting on grass at Wimbledon. Ivanovic has been very consistent this year and will be determined to do well in London after a disappointing loss to Lucie Safarova in Paris. Zheng has had a very disappointing year, however her recent results confirm she is most dangerous on grass. Ana should be too strong for Zheng but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Zheng take a set off the Serb.

Prediction: Ana Ivanovic to defeat Jie Zheng 6-3 5-7 6-1

(9) Angelique Kerber vs Heather Watson

Local hopeful Heather Watson faces a formidable challenge in the form of Angelique Kerber in the second round in London. Kerber, a former a semi-finalist was solid in her first round victory over Urszula Radwanska. Watson was equally impressive in her straight set win over Ajla Tomljanovic.

Angie had a great week in Eastbourne, with impressive victories over Cornet, Makarova and Wozniacki but she eventually lost in a tight final to Madison Keys. Watson also played some good tennis in Eastbourne before eventually losing to Madison Keys in the semi-finals. This will be the first time these two will come up against each other on tour. I suspect Kerber will be too solid for Watson, The brit doesn’t really possess any weapons too hurt the German. Kerber will be too strong on the baseline for Watson.

Prediction: Angelique Kerber to defeat Heather Watson 6-4 6-2

(25) Alize Cornet vs Petra Cetkovska

The ever entertaining Alize Cornet faces a real threat in the second round when she comes up against Petra Cetkovska. Cornet came from a set down to defeat Ana Schmiedlova in her opening round match. There was some typical Cornet drama, the frenchwoman suffered a blood nose during her opening set lose. Cetkovska also just snuck through her opening round match against Jovana Jaksic 7-5 in the third set.

I think it’s fair to say that grass is Cornet’s weakest surface whilst grass is probably the surface Cetkovska is most dangerous on. Cetkovska has reminded us what she is capable this year, most notably in her victory over Li Na in Dubai. The Czech had a good run at Wimbledon last year, coming through qualifiers before beating Wozniacki in the second round but eventually fell to Sloane Stephens in a tight third round match. This should be a really close match, for me it’s the toughest of the day to call. The key to this match will be who can step up and be more aggressive. For this reason I think Cetkovska will come through victorious. The Czech is more capable of playing effective aggressive tennis.

Prediction: Petra Cetkovska to defeat Alize Cornet 7-5 3-6 6-4

Other Match Predictions:

(1) Serena Williams to defeat Chanelle Scheepers in straight sets

(13) Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Silvia Soler-Espinosa in straight sets

Yaroslava Shvedova to defeat Kaia Kanepi in three sets

(24) Kirsten Flipkens to defeat Lourdes Dominguez-Lino in straight sets

(20) Andrea Petkovic to defeat Irina-Camelia Begu in straight sets

Zarina Diyas to defeat (15) Carla Suarez Navarro in three sets

(19) Sabine Lisicki to defeat Karolina Pliskova in straight sets

Madison Keys to defeat (31) Klara Koukalova in straight sets

Alison Riske to defeat Camila Giorgi in three sets

Donna Vekic to defeat Vera Zvonareva in straight sets

(5) Maria Sharapova to defeat Timea Bacsinszky in straight sets