?? Western & Southern Open – R1 Preview ?? (10) Marketa Vondrousova vs. ?? (Q) Laura Siegemund
The 10th seeded Marketa Vondrousova begins her Western & Southern Open campaign on Sunday with a first round clash against German qualifier Laura Siegemund.
Vondrousova arrives in New York on the back of a disappointing opening round exit in Palermo where she was beaten by Kaja Juvan in 3 sets. Vondrousova withdrew from Prague the following week before making her way to the USA. Vondrousova is struggling to find the form that saw her reach the Roland Garros final last year, the 21-year-old has only won back-to-back matches at 1 event this year, the opening event of the year in January.
Siegemund made her way into the main draw at the Western & Southern Open with a pair of straight set victories over Kateryna Kozlova and Caroline Dolehide. Siegemund has been extremely busy lately having reached the second round in Palermo and Prague on the European clay, prior to that the German also played a heap of exhibition matches in the German National competition.
The only previous meeting between the pair took place in Indian Wells last year, Vondrousova won that match 6/4 7/6.
I’m going to give Vondrousova the benefit of the doubt here. It is hard to pick Vondrousova with much confidence at the moment because she is clearly lacking in confidence. However, this is a match Vondrousova should be winning, this is a good match-up for Vondrousova and a surface that should suit her in this match-up. Vondrousova can match the versatility and movement of Siegemund whilst possessing more weaponry from the back of the court, especially on a hard court.
Prediction: Marketa Vondrousova to defeat Laura Siegemund in 3 sets
??☀️ Palermo Ladies Open – R1 Preview + Prediction ?? Laura Siegemund vs. ?? Irina-Camelia Begu
Laura Siegemund and Irina-Camelia Begu renew hostilities when they go head-to-head for the fourth time in their careers, this time at the opening round stage of the Palermo Ladies Open.
Siegemund holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Begu, the German has won the last 2 matches between the pair, including a 7/5 6/2 victory on clay in Bucharest last year in their most recent clash.
Siegemund and Begu were both active at exhibition events during the official tour shutdown, especially Siegemund. Begu made the final at a national competition in Romania whilst Siegemund won several national competitions in Germany, at one stage the experienced German was on a 12-match winning streak, all matches for both players were played on clay.
I am going to side with Siegemund here. Form and the head-to-head record favour the German. Both like to play on clay, Siegemund’s greater versatility and stamina make this a good match-up for the German on this surface. Siegemund has played a heap of tennis over the last few months so should be ready for battle unlike most other players heading into this tournament.
Prediction: Laura Siegemund to defeat Irina-Camelia Begu in 2 sets
???? US OPEN, R2 match preview ?? (20) Sofia Kenin vs. ?? Laura Siegemund
The 20th seeded Sofia Kenin continues her 2019 US Open campaign with second round clash against Germany’s Laura Siegemund on day 3 at Flushing Meadows. Kenin is one of the form players on tour at the moment and is one of many players outside the top 10 that have a legitimate shot at causing some major damage over the next fortnight. Can Kenin navigate safely past the tricky Siegemund?
Sofia Kenin arrived in New York fresh from back-to-back semi-final showing in Toronto and Cincinnati. Kenin is certainly full of confidence right now and she needed to draw on some of that confidence in a hard-fought 7-6 6-3 victory over CoCo Vandeweghe in her first round match on Monday. A tough early test for Kenin which should serve her well moving forward as she attempts to reach the third round at Flushing Meadows for the third consecutive year.
Laura Siegemund is still scrapping away. The 31-year-old has overcome several injury obstacles over the last few years and has done well to re-establish a spot in the top 100. Siegemund kick-started her US Open campaign with a typically gutsy 5-7 6-4 6-3 win over Polish qualifier Magdalena Frech. Facing Kenin in the next round will be a big step up in opposition.
This will be the first career meeting between Kenin and Siegemund, two feisty competitors. The pair have somewhat similar games, both move well and like to mix up play, neither are afraid to get into a long grind. The difference is that Kenin has more firepower and is simply much stronger and more reliable at the moment. I expect Kenin to come through this quite comfortably, she does most things better than Siegemund and is in much better form the surface also favours the American. Ultimately this seems like a bad matchup for Siegemund, Kenin can match the German’s tenacity whilst Kenin has many more weapons.
Prediction: Sofia Kenin to defeat Laura Siegemund in 2 sets
???? Roland Garros, R2 Preview ?? (15) Belinda Bencic vs. ?? Laura Siegemund
An intriguing second round clash from Roland Garros on Wednesday sees the 15th seeded Belinda Bencic take on Germany’s Laura Siegemund. Bencic brings great form into the second Grand Slam of the year but is yet to prove herself on the Parisian clay, Bencic will face a stern challenge of her clay court credentials here against a very troublesome opponent on the red dirt.
Belinda Bencic kick-started her 2019 Roland Garros campaign with a comfortable 6-1 6-4 victory over Jessika Ponchet. Roland Garros has historically been Bencic’s least successful Grand Slam event, Bencic has only won the 3 main draw matches in Paris and has never progressed beyond the second round, easily her worst record at a Grand Slam. Bencic’s hopes will be higher in Paris this year after some great results on clay heading into the event. Bencic notably made the semi-finals in Madrid earlier this month and also reached the quarter-finals in Charleston earlier this year.
Laura Siegemund also arrives in Paris with a poor record at Roland Garros to her name. Clay is easily Siegemund’s favourite surface so it is very surprising that the German entered this event having never won a main draw match in Paris. Siegemund finally broke her duck in Paris with a straightforward 6-3 6-3 win over Sofya Zhuk but will face a much tougher test against the 15th seed in the next round.
This will be the first tour level meeting between Bencic and Siegemund, two feisty competitors with a point to prove in Paris, who will prevail?
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?? Australian Open, R1 Preview ?? Laura Siegemund vs. ?? Victoria Azarenka
Victoria Azarenka is back competing at Melbourne for the first time in three years. The two-time former champion will begin her 2019 Australian Open campaign against Germany’s Laura Siegemund in what will be the first career meeting between the pair.
Laura Siegemund will be looking to complete her first victory at a Grand Slam since the 2016 US Open when she takes to the court against the two-time former champion on Tuesday. Siegemund started her 2019 campaign in Auckland where she was beaten in straight sets by Caroline Wozniacki in the opening round as a lucky-loser. More recently, Siegemund successfully qualified for the main draw in Hobart before being thrashed in the opening round by Dayana Yastremska.
Victoria Azarenka arrives in Melbourne having only played 1 competitive match before the first Grand Slam of the year. Azarenka started her season in Auckland where she was handed a brutal opening round draw against Venus Williams, Azarenka squandered several match-winning positions in that match on route to a tough 3 set loss. Azarenka looked quite shaky at times in her Auckland opener, especially on serve.
Azarenka is one of the big unknowns at this year’s Australian Open, at her best the former champion is still a threat to anyone but she may be understandably rusty to start the event having not played many matches of late.
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?? Mutua Madrid Open, R2 Match Preview ?? Laura Siegemund vs ?? CoCo Vandeweghe
A fascinating second round clash at the Mutua Madrid Open on Tuesday sees Laura Siegemund come up against CoCo Vandeweghe in what is sure to a feisty encounter. Siegemund is one of the form players on tour at the moment after winning the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix in Stuttgart. Siegemund is one of those players that almost exclusively play their best tennis on clay, her ability on the dirt was again showcased in a gutsy 3-6 7-5 6-4 win over Johanna Konta in the opening round in Madrid.
Australian Open, ?? First Round Match Preview (26) ?? Laura Siegemund vs ?? Jelena Jankovic
One of the toughest opening round matches on Monday at the Australian Open features the 26th seeded Laura Siegemund and former world number 1 Jelena Jankovic. Siegemund caused a big upset when she eliminated Jankovic from the second round at the Australian Open last year in their only previous meeting. The Serbian veteran will be desperate for revenge but Siegemund is never as easy opponent to beat.