Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R1 Preview + Prediction
(31) 🇮🇹 Roberta Vinci vs 🇵🇷 Monica Puig
An intriguing opening round clash in Paris sees Roberta Vinci come up against Monica Puig. Vinci is arguably one the most vulnerable seeded players in the draw whilst Puig is one of the most dangerous unseeded players in the draw, making for an entertaining first round clash at Roland Garros.
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🇪🇸 Mutua Madrid Open, R2 Match Preview
(3) 🇷🇴 Simona Halep vs 🇮🇹 Roberta Vinci
Simona Halep will continue her title defence at the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday with a potentially tricky second round clash against Roberta Vinci. The conditions in Madrid suit Halep perfectly, the Romanian has stated that she feels right at home on the Manolo Santana Court and looms as the favourite to win the title this week and go back-to-back at the premier-mandatory event.
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Miami Open, 🇺🇸🌴🐬 R2 Match Preview
(25) 🇮🇹 Roberta Vinci vs (Q) 🇺🇸 Taylor Townsend
An interesting first-time match-up sees Roberta Vinci and Taylor Townsend go head-to-head in the second round of the Miami Open. Roberta Vinci will be beginning her Miami Open campaign after receiving a bye into the second round, whilst Taylor Townsend has already won three matches after coming through the qualifying draw. Roberta Vinci has struggled to find her best tennis in 2017 and has a poor recent record in Miami, however with experience on her side this is a match Vinci would expect to be winning.
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Australian Open, 🇦🇺 First Round Match preview
(15) 🇮🇹 Roberta Vinci vs 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe
A fascinating first round clash at Melbourne Park sees Roberta Vinci come up against CoCo Vandeweghe. This match features an interesting contrast in styles, the delicate, all-court craft of Vinci up against the brute power of the American. This has been a good match-up for Vandeweghe in recent times, the American has won their two most recent clashes, including a straight set win at Wimbledon last year.
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Brisbane International Quarter-Final 🐨🌴
(3) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs (8) 🇮🇹 Roberta Vinci
Karolina Pliskova is one of the form players on tour in its early stages, the Czech third seed will face her toughest challenge of 2017 when she comes up against Roberta Vinci at the quarter-final stage of the Brisbane International on Thursday. These two ladies are at very different stages of their respective careers and have very different styles of play, making for an intriguing clash, especially given Vinci has won their only two previous matches between the pair.
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Brisbane International R2: 🐨
(8) 🇮🇹 Roberta Vinci vs 🇯🇵 Misaki Doi
A good early season opportunity presents itself to Roberta Vinci and Misaki Doi on Wednesday as they battle for a place in the quarter-finals in Brisbane. This is a match that both will consider to be very winnable. These two had contrasting passages to the second round, Vinci saved 5 match points in a marathon win over Kateryna Bondarenko whilst Doi comfortably disposed of Ekaterina Makarova in straight sets.
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Season 2017 has arrived, the Brisbane International will once again be the headline act in the first week of the WTA calendar. Five of the world’s top ten ranked players will be in action in Brisbane: 2016 Grand Slam champions Angelique Kerber and Garbine Muguruza as well as Dominika Cibulkova, Karolina Pliskova and Svetlana Kuznetsova.
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Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open, Second Round 🇨🇳
(13) 🇮🇹 Roberta Vinci vs 🇰🇿 Yaroslava Shvedova
Two veterans of the tour will go head-to-head in what should be a tight second round match at the Dongfeng Motor Wuhan Open on Tuesday. Vinci and Shvedova both won through to the second round with convincing straight set wins, both have been in good form of late.
Roberta Vinci has solidified her spot in the top 20 in season 2016, thanks largely to a solid run to the quarter-finals at the U.S Open earlier this month. Vinci was on a hot streak this time last year as she went on to reach the semi-finals in Wuhan, the zippy surface seems to suit the Italian. Vinci’s 2016 Wuhan campaign got off to a flying start on Sunday when she comfortably dispatched Monica Puig 6-3 6-3, Vinci served particularly well throughout the match as she served 7 aces and did not face a break point for the entire match.
Yaroslava Shvedova also arrived in Wuhan with confidence after a pleasing run to the second week in New York earlier this month. The Kazakh is competing in Wuhan for the very first time and made a near flawless start on Sunday when she thumped Saisai Zheng 6-0 6-3. Shvedova was unstoppable in the first set before holding off a late fightback from Zheng. Shvedova also went through her opening match without being broken, a good sign for Shvedova.
This looks like a rare match-up on the WTA tour where holding serve is very important, particularly on this surface. This is an old-school match-up between two players that frequently move forward to the net, both have great volleying technique. There is little to separate the pair, but Vinci seemingly has a slight edge.
The Italian holds a 3-2 head-to-head record over Shvedova. It was the Kazakh who won their most recent match earlier this year, a 6-0 4-6 6-3 win in Dubai. I suspect Vinci will avenge that loss on this occasion, both are capable of taking care of their service games but Vinci’s baseline game is generally more consistent and therefore she will win in this match-up more often than not.
Prediction: Roberta Vinci to defeat Yaroslava Shvedova in 3 sets
Wimbledon 🇬🇧🍓 Third Round Match Preview + Prediction
(27) 🇺🇸 CoCo Vandeweghe vs 🇮🇹 (6) Roberta Vinci
CoCo Vandeweghe and Roberta Vinci will go head-to-head at the third round stage at Wimbledon on Saturday in a match that will feature an interesting contrast in styles. CoCo Vandeweghe was impressive in the lead up to Wimbledon and has powered through her opening matches at the Championships, however the American is unlikely to have things all her own way in this match-up as the Veteran Italian has the ability to disrupt Vandeweghe’s powerful game.
CoCo Vandeweghe was one of the form players heading into this year’s Championships after she won the title in 's-Hertogenbosch whilst also reaching the semi-final stage in Birmingham. Vandeweghe claimed a 6-2 7-6 with over Kateryna Bondarenko in the first round before defeating Timea Babos 6-2 6-3 to book her spot in the third round. The American is clearly most dangerous on a grass court, Vandeweghe made a breakthrough run to the quarter-final stage at Wimbledon in 2015 and is currently playing well enough to suggest that she could replicate that run at this year's Championships.
Roberta Vinci has made a solid start to her 2016 Wimbledon campaign. The Italian started the tournament with a hard-fought 6-2 5-7 6-3 win over Alison Riske before claiming a 6-3 7-5 win over Ying-Ying Duan. Vinci hasn’t had the greatest results at Wimbledon over the last couple of years but she does have a playing style that is actually well suited to a grass court. Vinci’s backhand slice is particularly effective on a grass court and her willingness to come to the net is also well suited to this surface.
CoCo Vandeweghe and Roberta Vinci have split their two previous matches, both were on a hard court. Vinci won 7-5 7-5 in Monterrey back in 2012. More recently, Vandeweghe claimed a 5-7 6-2 6-3 win in Auckland last year.
Vandeweghe will enter this match a strong favourite given her impressive recent form. However, this is highly unlikely to be an easy match for Vandeweghe. The American can struggle against players like Vinci that mix up play from the baseline. Vandeweghe has struggled against Radwanska, Strycova and Niculescu, meaning Vinci certainly has the ability to trouble Vandeweghe. I think Vinci has what it takes to cause an upset here, the Italian is one of the smartest players on tour and will have ways to disrupt Vandeweghe’s rhythm from the baseline. If Vinci can return well, she has a great chance.
Prediction: Roberta Vinci to defeat CoCo Vandeweghe in 3 sets
Doha QF: (3) Agnieszka Radwanska vs (9) Roberta Vinci
The fourth and final quarter-final of the day at the Qatar Total Open promises to be the highest quality match of the day when Agnieszka Radwanska comes up against Roberta Vinci. This is a fascinating match-up between two of the smartest and craftiest players on tour and two of the most in form players on tour over the last couple of months. This match looks like have a big impact on who goes on to win the title this week in Doha.
Aga Radwanska is the highest seed left in the draw in Doha and seems to be in prime position to claim her first Qatar Total Open title. Radwanska has come close to winning a title in Doha on many occasion, reaching the semi-final stage in the three of the last four years, this looks like the year Aga could go a couple of steps better. The Pole started the week with a hard-fought 6-4 6-4 victory over Kateryna Bondarenko before claiming a 7-5 6-1 win over Monica Niculescu in a real tactical battle. Radwanska’s victory over Niculescu is the perfect preparation for a clash with Roberta Vinci, another match-up where Radwanska will need to tactically be at her best against the Italian.
Roberta Vinci has continued her winning ways in Doha. The Italian is competing in her first event as a top 10 player courtesy of a consistent start to the season. Vinci’s week in Doha started with a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 win over Lesia Tsurenko before winning an extremely tight contest against Daria Kasatkina 2-6 6-4 7-6. The Italian made the most of a favourable draw to advance to the quarter-final stage, claiming a 7-5 6-1 win over Cagla Buyukakcay. Vinci will need to overcome a very negative head-to-head record against Radwanska if she is to advance any further this week.
Radwanska holds a 7-2 head-to-head record over Vinci, however it was the Italian who won their most recent clash. Vinci recorded a shock 6-4 6-4 victory over the Pole in Beijing in 2014 in what their most recent match. Interestingly, all 7 of the previous matches between the pair ended in straight sets. I suspect Radwanska will emerge victorious on this occasion, the Pole has been very consistent recently and clearly enjoys playing Vinci and also enjoys the conditions in Doha which should further aid Aga in this match-up.
Prediction: Aga Radwanska to defeat Roberta Vinci in 2 sets