Caroline Wozniacki vs Elina Svitolina, Rogers Cup Final Preview

Rogers Cup, 🇨🇦🍁 Championship Preview + Prediction
(6) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki vs (5) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina

Sunday’s Rogers Cup final will be contested between Caroline Wozniacki and Elina Svitolina. Wozniacki and Svitolina have had completely contrasting records in finals this year, Wozniacki has lost all five finals she has competed in whist Svitolina has won all four finals she has competed in this year. Svitolina also has the edge in the head-to-head record, the Ukrainian has won both of the previous matches between the pair, including a straight set win in the final in Dubai earlier this year, Svitolina won that match in straight sets and will have a great deal of confidence heading into the final.

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Elina Svitolina vs Venus Williams, Toronto R3 Preview

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(5) 🇺🇦 Elina Svitolina vs (9) 🇺🇸 Venus Williams

A fascinating third round clash at the Rogers Cup on Thursday sees the 5th seeded Elina Svitolina take the 9th seeded Venus Williams. Svitolina and Williams have been two of the most consistent players throughout 2017 and have often been involved at the business end of the biggest events this year. This will be just the second match between the pair, interestingly it was Venus who won their only previous match, a straight set win on clay in 2015. This should be an extremely close, hard-fought match between two contrasting types of opponents, it will be impressive to see which styles wins out on this occasion.

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Caroline Wozniacki vs Agnieszka Radwanska, Toronto R3 Preview

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(6) 🇩🇰 Caroline Wozniacki vs (10) 🇵🇱 Agnieszka Radwanska

Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska will renew their rivalry on Thursday at the Rogers Cup where they will meet at the third round stage. Wozniacki has generally had the better of this match-up in recent times and has certainly been in better form over the last couple of months. However, Radwanska is a former champion at the Rogers Cup and has made a great start to her 2017 campaign with a couple of commanding victories. Matches between these two are always close, this one should be no different.

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Catherine Bellis vs Caroline Garcia, Toronto R3 Preview

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🇺🇸 Catherine Bellis vs 🇫🇷 Caroline Garcia

An interesting third round match-up at the Rogers Cup on Thursday sees two in-form players on the rise go head-to-head as Catherine Bellis takes on Caroline Garcia. Bellis and Garcia both came through tough opening round matches, Bellis came from a set down against Julia Goerges, whilst Garcia was pushed to a third set by Sorana Cirstea. Both players were more commanding in the second round, Bellis beat Kuznetsova 6-4 7-5, whilst Garcia beat Lepchenko 6-1 6-4. Thursday’s match looms as a good opportunity for both, it will be interesting to see who steps up and makes the most of this chance.

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Karolina Pliskova vs Naomi Osaka, Toronto R3 Preview

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(1) 🇨🇿 Karolina Pliskova vs (Q) 🇯🇵 Naomi Osaka

Karolina Pliskova made a solid start to her Rogers Cup campaign on Wednesday. Pliskova is competing in her first tournament since becoming the world number 1, Pliskova claimed a 6-3 6-3 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova in her first match in Toronto and will now come up against Japanese qualifier, Naomi Osaka in the third round. This will be the first ever match between the pair, it should be an exciting match-up.

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Garbine Muguruza vs Kirsten Flipkens, Toronto R2 Preview

Rogers Cup, 🇨🇦🍁🏒 R2 Match Preview + Prediction
(4) 🇪🇸 Garbine Muguruza vs (Q) 🇧🇪 Kirsten Flipkens

Garbine Muguruza will begin her Rogers Cup campaign with a tricky second round clash against Kirsten Flipkens. The fourth seeded Muguruza received a bye into the second round whilst Flipkens will be more match hardened having already played a few matches in Toronto after coming through the qualifying draw. Flipkens has beaten Muguruza multiple times so the Spaniard will be on guard heading into this potentially dangerous second round clash in Toronto.

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Anastasija Sevastova vs Naomi Osaka, Toronto R2 Preview

Rogers Cup, 🇨🇦🍁🏒 R2 Match Preview + Prediction
(15) 🇱🇻 Anastasija Sevastova vs (Q) 🇯🇵 Naomi Osaka

Anastasija Sevastova and Naomi Osaka will collide at the second round stage of the Rogers Cup in Toronto in a match-up that will feature an interesting contrast in styles. This will be the first career meeting between Sevastova and Osaka, there is an extreme difference in styles here, Sevastova has great touch and consistency whilst Osaka has extreme power and an explosive game. It will be interesting to see which style wins out in the first match between these two. 

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Sloane Stephens vs Petra Kvitova, Rogers Cup R2 Preview

Rogers Cup, 🇨🇦🍁🏒 R2 Match Preview
🇺🇸 Sloane Stephens vs 🇨🇿 Petra Kvitova

Sloane Stephens and Petra Kvitova will go head-to-head at the second round stage of the Rogers Cup on Wednesday, surprisingly this will be the first career meeting between the pair. Stephens and Kvitova are both on the comeback trail after setbacks earlier this year, every match and every win is important for both players at this stage.

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Barbora Strycova vs Daria Gavrilova, Toronto R2 Preview

Rogers Cup, 🇨🇦🍁🏒 R2 Match Preview
🇨🇿 Barbora Strycova vs 🇦🇺 Daria Gavrilova

Barbora Strycova will come up against Daria Gavrilova in one of two second round matches scheduled for Tuesday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Strycova and Gavrilova both cruised through their opening round matches on Monday with straight set victories. Strycova and Gavrilova will be going head-to-head for the first time, it will be interesting to see how this match-up pans out.

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2015 WTA Top 20 Matches

20. Miami SF: Serena Williams d. Simona Halep 6-2 4-6 7-5

Simona Halep has emerged as one of Serena’s biggest threats over the last year, after thumping the world number 1 in Singapore last year, Simona came extremely close to another victory over Serena at the semi-final stage in Miami. This match was all about power vs defence. Serena was brutally striking the ball but Simona’s outstanding movement and counter-punching ability resulted in an extremely competitive semi-final in front of a vocal crowd in Miami.

 

The crowd was actually a major factor in this match, despite Serena being an 8 time former champion and playing at her home event, the majority of the crowd were vocally supporting the Romanian. Serena was not happy about this and really let it get to her.

The final set was particularly entertaining, Serena was battling herself, the crowd and Simona. Serena led 4-1 but Halep managed to fight back to level the set at 5-5. In the end Serena had too much firepower and captured a memorable win. This rivalry is one which should flourish over the next couple of years, Simona looks like the biggest chance to contend for the number 1 ranking and has shown that she is capable of beating the American.

19. Singapore F: Aga Radwanska d. Petra Kvitova 6-2 4-6 6-3

This is the only match to make the list from the WTA Finals in Singapore. The tournament didn't produce as many truly spectacular matches as it usually does. However the best was saved until last. The final between Aga and Petra was truly memorable, a battle of extreme contrasting styles. Radwanska would ultimately produce an amazingly clean performance to prevail and claim the biggest title of her career. 

 

Remarkably, Radwanska finished the match with just 5 unforced errors and 15 winners whilst Kvitova hit 41 winners and committed 53 unforced errors. It was match unlike any other, it is extremely rare to see a player hit just 5 unforced errors in a highly competitive final against a high quality opponent.

Radwanska totally outplayed an erratic Kvitova in the first set and a bit before the Czech starting playing lights out tennis to send the match into a decider. Kvitova would carry her momentum into the decider where she captured an early break. Radwanska managed to weather the storm before raising her level to claim a famous victory.

18. Wimbledon R3: Jelena Jankovic d. Petra Kvitova 3-6 7-5 6-4

Wimbledon was full of great matches in 2015, the first of the matches from Wimbledon to make the list is Jankovic’s epic victory over Petra Kvitova, the defending champion.

 

Jelena Jankovic’s shock third round victory over Petra Kvitova at Wimbledon was one of the biggest upsets of the year. Kvitova was the defending champion at the event and was considered one of the favourites after storming through her first two matches. Kvitova looked like she would cruise through this match but Jankovic staged a stunning fightback to record one of her greatest victories.

Kvitova was at her ruthless best early in this match, opening up a lead by a set and a break. However Jankovic would show all of her famous fighting qualities to turn the second set around before claiming a tight deciding set. It really was a superb performance by Jankovic, especially considering it was on her least preferred surface up against an opponent that has played her best tennis on grass.

17. Toronto SF: Belinda Bencic d. Serena Williams 3-6 7-5 6-4

Belinda Bencic produced the biggest victory of her career thus far and one of the biggest upsets of the year when she defeated Serena Williams at the semi-final stage of the Rogers Cup in Toronto. Bencic played superb tennis leading into the match but she was given little chances against the almighty world number 1, however Bencic would produce a stunning display to dent Serena’s U.S Open preparations.

 

What made Bencic’s victory over Serena more special is that she was forced to come from a set down. Serena is the best front runner in the game, coming from a set down to defeat Serena is almost unheard of. Serena comfortably won the opening set before Bencic raised her level to claim a tight second set and send the match to a decider.

Bencic had a 5-1 lead in the deciding set before Serena came roaring back with 3 straight games. It looked like Serena would make another trademark comeback as Bencic twice failed to serve out the match. However Bencic would break for the match to secure an extraordinary win before going on to win the title.

16. Wimbledon R3: Serena Williams d. Heather Watson, 6-2 4-6 7-5

Serena Williams and Heather Watson’s third round clash at Wimbledon exceeded all expectations. Heather Watson came agonisingly close to pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the tournament and sending the vocal British crowd into hysterics.

 

Serena comfortably claimed the opening set and looked destined for a routine victory. However Watson became much more competitive in the second set and a result the British crowd became a major factor. Watson claimed the crucial break in the ninth game before serving out the set to a massive standing ovation from the crowd.

Watson opened up a 3-0 lead in the deciding set and a famous upset suddenly seemed possible. Serena would raise her level to produce a signature comeback, a truly memorable clash. Serena was forced to work so much harder than expected, the world number 1 ended the match with 53 winners including 13 aces and just 33 unforced errors.