Sydney International ??? R1 Prediction
(WC) ?? Samantha Stosur vs (LL) ?? Carina Witthoeft
I’m going to give the edge to Carina Witthoeft here. I think the German has the type of flat, strong and deep groundstrokes that can hurt Stosur on a quick hard court. As a lucky loser, Witthoeft enters this match with nothing to lose, she will be aggressive and put a lot of pressure on the Aussie. Stosur had a poor record on hard courts in 2017, ending the season with a negative record on the surface. Stosur’s troubles in Australia are well documented, in 2017 Stosur went through the Aussie summer without a win. I think Witthoeft will be good enough to keep Stosur’s troubles going.