Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 Semi-Final Preview + Prediction
SF #1: (30) 🇨🇭 Timea Bacsinszky vs 🇱🇻 Jelena Ostapenko
A totally unexpected semi-final match-up sees Timea Bacsinszky come up against Jelena Ostapenko for a place in the 2017 Roland Garros final. This will be the first ever meeting between Bacsinszky and Ostapenko, a match-up that will feature a big contrast in styles, with so much on the line this looms as an intriguing battle. Experience will be on Bacsinszky’s side given she has been in this exact situation before in Paris, however Ostapenko has the firepower to give Bacsinszky all kinds of trouble, this one could seemingly go either way in what has been a very unpredictable half of the draw.
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Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 Quarter-Final Preview + Prediction
QF #2: (13) 🇫🇷 Kristina Mladenovic vs (30) 🇨🇭 Timea Bacsinszky
Kristina Mladenovic will look to continue her dream run at her home Grand Slam at Roland Garros when she comes up against Timea Bacsinszky at the quarter-final stage in Paris on Tuesday. Mladenovic has already won three epic matches in Paris, the 24-year-old has been spurred on by the boisterous Parisian crowd, a force that seems to be making Mladenovic stronger. Bacsinszky is also right at home at Roland Garros, The Swiss number 1 is into the quarter-final stage for the third consecutive year in Paris, Bacsinszky will be looking to emulate her 2015 run to the final four by battling her way past an in-form Mladenovic. The scene is set for an epic between to fierce competitors.
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Roland Garros, 🇫🇷🐌 R1 Preview + Prediction
(30) 🇨🇭 Timea Bacsinszky vs 🇪🇸 Sara Sorribes Tormo
Timea Bacsinszky has enjoyed Roland Garros in recent times, Timea made her big breakthrough at the event in 2015 when she reached the semi-finals and backed up that performance last year as she managed to reach the quarter-finals. Timea has not been at her best in 2017 but will be hoping that a return to Paris will see a return to form. Bacsinszky will start a strong favourite to come through her opening round match as she comes up against inexperienced Spaniard Sara Sorribes Tormo.
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Internazionali BNL d’Italia 🇮🇹 R3 Preview
(2) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs 🇨🇭 Timea Bacsinszky
An fascinating third round clash between Karolina Pliskova and Timea Bacsinszky will end third round action on Thursday at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia. Karolina Pliskova was the form player on tour during the first couple of months but as expected her form has dropped away as the clay court season is in full swing. Timea Bacsinszky has had a poor year but the Swiss woman always thrives during the clay court season and will see this third round clash as a big opportunity to gain a valuable victory over the world number 3.
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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, 🇦🇺 Third Round Match preview
(22) 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova vs (12) 🇨🇭 Timea Bacsinszky
Daria Gavrilova is the last remaining Australian in the draw at her home Grand Slam. The crowd favourite will face her toughest challenge of the tournament thus far on Saturday when she comes up against the 12th seeded Timea Bacsinszky. Gavrilova has scrapped her way through to the third round, drawing a couple of big hitters into errors, the Aussie will have to overcome a very different challenge when she takes on the tactically clever Timea Bacsinszky for a spot in the second week at Melbourne Park.
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Roland Garros, Second Round Match Preview:
(8) 🇨🇭 Timea Bacsinszky vs 🇨🇦 Eugenie Bouchard
Thursday’s most exciting second round clash in Paris sees 2015 Roland Garros semi-finalist: Timea Bacsinszky come up against 2014 Roland Garros semi-finalist: Eugenie Bouchard. This is a huge early round test for both ladies, both will be extremely unsatisfied with a second round exit and will look to step up their level for this crucial clash. A close, high quality encounter is very likely.
Timea Bacsinszky has become one of the tour’s most consistent players on a clay court in the last couple of seasons. Timea showed great form in the lead up to Roland Garros, claiming her first title of the year in Marrakesh before reaching the quarter-final stage in Rome. Timea carried that solid form into her opening round match in Paris where she recorded a reasonably comfortable 6-3 6-1 win over Silvia Soler-Espinosa. The Swiss number 1 got off to a slow start but was ultimately far too solid once she got going. Timea will face a far greater test in the second round when she comes up against a resurgent Eugenie Bouchard.
Bouchard’s form in 2016 has generally been quite unspectacular but the Canadian has shown better signs in recent weeks. Bouchard had a good week in Rome where she recorded wins over Jelena Jankovic and Angelique Kerber and made a very strong start to her Roland Garros campaign on Tuesday with a comprehensive 6-2 6-2 win over Laura Siegemund. Bouchard has no points to defend over the next fortnight having fallen in the first round of the event last year, meaning the Canadian can play with more freedom this time around as she looks to replicate her run to the semi-finals at Roland Garros in 2014.
The only previous meeting between the pair took place in Indian Wells earlier this year. It was a fiery clash that ultimately ended with a 6-2 5-7 6-2 win for Bacsinszky. That matched showed that these two are quite evenly matched, it’s all about who can execute their plan on the day.
I’m going to give the slight edge to Bouchard heading into this match. Bacsinszky is obviously very competent on a clay court but so is Bouchard, the surface may actually favour Bouchard because of the Canadian’s superior firepower which gives her a greater ability to hit through the court. Bouchard is probably in the best shape that she has been in all year and seems ready to claim a big win.
Prediction: Eugenie Bouchard to defeat Timea Bacsinszky in 3 sets
Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome Quarter-Final
(3) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (11) 🇨🇭 Timea Bacsinszky
Friday’s first quarter-final of the day at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia between Garbine Muguruza and Timea Bacsinszky is arguably the match of the day in Rome. Muguruza and Bacsinszky have both played at a high level in their last couple of matches and will enter this clash full of confidence. Muguruza has won the only two previous matches between the pair but will need to maintain a very high level in this quarter-final clash if she is to hold onto her unbeaten record over Bacsinszky and advance to her first semi-final of 2016.
Garbine Muguruza has stormed into the quarter-finals in Rome without dropping a set. The Spaniard started her Internazionali BNL d’Italia campaign with a comprehensive 6-1 6-0 thumping of Ekaterina Makarova. Garbine produced a near flawless performance in her win over Makarova, hitting 20 winners to just 5 unforced errors on route to a 47-minute win. Muguruza wasn't as dominant in her third round win over Jelena Ostapenko but was still good enough to record a comfortable 6-1 6-4 win. Muguruza is yet to reach a semi-final in 2016 so she will be desperate to continue her run in Rome and finally push towards contending for her first title of the year.
Timea Bacsinszky is looming as a very dangerous opponent for Muguruza. Bacsinszky is also in great form having won 10 of her last 11 matches. The Swiss number 2 was untroubled in her first two matches in Rome, recording straight set wins over Yanina Wickmayer and Lesia Tsurenko. Bacsinszky’s most impressive win of the week was an extremely hard-fought 5-7 7-5 6-2 win over Carla Suarez Navarro. Bacsinszky was behind for the majority of the match, Carla served for the match at 5-4 in the second set but Bacsinszky really raised her level and took complete control of the match in the deciding set. Timea once again made it clear that she is undoubtedly one of the toughest competitors on WTA tour.
Garbine Muguruza has a 3-0 head-to-head record over Timea Bacsinszky. All three victories came in 2015, a three set win at the Australian Open and straight set wins at Wimbledon and later in the year in Beijing. Interestingly, all three matches were on a fast surface. Their first clash on clay will be a very different match, a surface that probably favours Bacsinszky. This looks like a good chance for Timea to claim her first win over Muguruza.
I’m going to side with Bacsinszky on this occasion. This is the perfect surface for Bacsinszky to play Muguruza on, Timea loves to play on clay and is clearly in great form. Muguruza is also very comfortable on clay and has also played a couple of good matches this week but her ability to maintain a high level throughout tournaments is questionable, her recent record suggests she is due for a poor match. Overall, Bacsinszky is a far more consistent player and a far more reliable competitor and will probably have the edge in a close match.
Prediction: Timea Bacsinszky to defeat Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets
Internazionali BNL d’Italia, Rome Third Round
(8) 🇪🇸 Carla Suarez Navarro vs (11) 🇨🇭 Timea Bacsinszky
A fascinating third round clash in Rome on Thursday features Carla Suarez Navarro and Timea Bacsinszky, two of the toughest clay court competitors on the WTA tour. Suarez Navarro and Bacsinszky both enter this clash in good form, both will be eager to win this clash as they attempt to continue gaining positive momentum heading into Roland Garros in a couple of weeks’ time.
Suarez Navarro has made a decent start to the clay court season, winning a couple of matches in Stuttgart and Madrid. The Spaniard will be hoping to go deeper into the tournament at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia, on a more traditional clay court surface that is better suited to her game. Suarez Navarro has a great recent record in Rome, making the final last year and reaching the quarter-final stage in the previous two years. Carla made another strong start to her Rome campaign on Tuesday, after receiving a bye into the second round Carla recorded a reasonably comfortable 6-1 7-5 win over Teliana Pereira.
Timea Bacsinszky has also made a very strong start to the clay court season. Bacsinszky has won 9 of her 10 matches on clay in 2016 having won her first title of the year on the dirt in Rabat a couple of weeks ago. Bacsinszky has made a solid start to her Internazionali BNL d’Italia campaign, advancing to the third round courtesy of commanding straight set wins over Yanina Wickmayer and Lesia Tsurenko.
Suarez Navarro holds a 4-2 head-to-head record over Bacsinszky. The Spaniard has won 3 of the last 4 encounters between the pair including their most recent clash: a 6-2 6-2 win in Doha earlier this year. Bacsinszky’s form has clearly improved since that clash but I suspect Suarez Navarro will once again get the better of Timea. The conditions in Rome are perfect for the Spaniard and she should be able to grind out a win. Bacsinszky has more weaknesses that can be exposed by Carla.
Prediction: Carla Suarez Navarro to defeat Time Bacsinszky in 3 sets
Madrid R3: (6) Simona Halep vs (10) Timea Bacsinszky
Simona Halep will be looking to avenge her recent loss to Timea Bacsinszky in Miami when the two meet in third round action at the Mutua Madrid Open on Wednesday. This promises to be another close match between two evenly matched competitors.
Simona Halep has been totally untroubled on route to the third round at the Mutua Madrid Open. The former finalist in Madrid started the week with a commanding 6-0 6-3 win over Misaki Doi before requiring just over an hour to cruise past Karin Knapp 6-1 6-1. Halep is one of the highest seeds left in the draw in Madrid and will keen to go on a deep run to gain some much needed momentum heading into her favourite Grand Slam of the year (Roland Garros).
Timea Bacsinszky is on a roll. Timea is on a 7 match winning streak after arriving in Madrid fresh from claiming her first title of the season on the clay in Rabat. Bacsinszky has come through 2 extremely tight matches in Madrid on route to the third round. Bacsinszky claimed a hard-fought 6-4 2-6 6-3 win over Andrea Petkovic before grinding out a 6-4 5-7 6-4 win over Ekaterina Makarova. It will be interesting to see how much Timea has left in the tank after playing so much tennis in the last week and a bit.
Halep holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Bacsinszky. Halep comfortably won their first two encounter, but it was Bacsinszky who claimed a 4-6 6-3 6-2 in Miami a couple of months ago in what was their most recent clash. This will be their first career meeting on a clay court, it will be interesting to see who is favoured on the clay in this match-up, both players are very competent on the dirt.
I’m going to give the Romanian the edge heading into this match. Halep has a good record in Madrid and is looking good once again after storming through her first two matches. Bacsinszky is in great form, however Halep is clearly the fresher of the two heading into this match, which is important in a match-up that will feature a number of long, gruelling rallies. The surface should also favour Halep.
Prediction: Simona Halep to defeat Timea Bacsinszky in 3 sets