Timea Bacsinszky vs Jelena Ostapenko, Roland Garros SF Preview

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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Kristina Mladenovic vs Timea Bacsinszky, Roland Garros QF Preview

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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Timea Bacsinszky vs Sara Sorribes Tormo, Roland Garros R1 Preview

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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Karolina Pliskova vs Timea Bacsinszky, Rome R3 Preview

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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Roberta Vinci vs Taylor Townsend, Miami R2 Preview

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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Daria Gavrilova vs Timea Bacsinszky, Australian Open R3 Preview

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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Agnieszka Radwanska vs Timea Bacsinszky, Miami R4 Preview

Miami R4: (2) Agnieszka Radwanska vs (19) Timea Bacsinszky

An interesting fourth round clash at the Miami Open sees an in form Aga Radwanska come up against a resurgent Timea Bacsinszky. Radwanska and Bacsinszky both rely on their variety and defensive skills to disrupt their opponents meaning this is likely to be a long, tough match between two like-minded players. Interestingly, it was Bacsinszky who smashed Radwanska 6-1 6-1 in their only previous clash during the Fed Cup early last year.

 

Aga has continued her impressive start to the season at the Miami Open. The former champion has hardly put a foot wrong in her opening two matches at the event, conceding a total of 6 games on route to recording straight set wins over Alize Cornet and Madison Brengle. Radwanska continues to adopt a more aggressive mindset, coming forward to the net whenever there is a slight opportunity and even serve and volleying on a couple of occasions in her opening round matches. An aggressive mindset will be important heading into Aga’s fourth round clash with Bacsinszky, an opponent that defends very well but can also be dangerous when allowed to dictate play.

Timea Bacsinszky is finally starting to find her range after a difficult start to the season. Timea failed to win back-to-back matches in her first three events of the season but has now won consecutive matches in her last three events. Timea has progressed to the fourth round in Miami without dropping a set, recording impressive straight set wins over two quality opponents: Margarita Gasparyan and Ana Ivanovic. Bacsinszky will be confident heading into her fourth round clash with Radwanska given her dominant win over the Pole in their only previous encounter.

 

Bacsinszky stunned Radwanska in their only previous meeting, picking up an emphatic 6-1 6-1 win in a crucial Fed Cup tie early last season. Radwanska played really poorly in that match whilst Bacsinszky did little wrong. Radwanska’s form is dramatically improved heading into this clash and a very different scoreline is to be expected on this occasion.

There is no real reason to suggest that this will not be an extremely close match. These two play quite similarly. but Radwanska certainly has a few more strings to her bow. Aga is more comfortable coming forward to the net (which is generally important in a match-up like this) and is also generally a little more solid from the baseline. Timea has looked much better in the last couple of weeks but Aga’s recent form has been great and I suspect she will find a way to get the win here.

Prediction: Agnieszka Radwanska to defeat Timea Bacsinszky in 3 sets


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Timea Bacsinszky vs Eugenie Bouchard, Indian Wells R3 Preview

Indian Wells R3: (12) Timea Bacsinszky vs Eugenie Bouchard

Timea Bacsinszky and Eugenie Bouchard will go head-to-head for the first time when they collide in a fascinating third round clash at the BNP Paribas Open on Monday. Bouchard and Bacsinszky are both entering their best form of recent months and will both see this match as a great opportunity to progress further in the Californian desert.

After a stunning year in 2015, Timea Bacsinszky really struggled during the Australian summer. Bacsinszky seems to be gradually improving and currently seems to be in the best physical shape she has been in all year. The 12th seed received a bye into the second round at the BNP Paribas Open where she thumped Tsvetana Pironkova 6-2 6-1. It was a fairly complete performance by Bacsinszky in what was probably her best performance of the year thus far. Timea seems to enjoy the conditions in Indian Wells having gone on an impressive run to the quarter-finals at the event last year where she was defeated by Serena Williams. 

 

Eugenie Bouchard has already won 15 main draw matches in 2016, more than any other player on tour (most of Bouchard’s victories did come at International level events, reaching the final in Hobart and more recently in Kuala Lumpur). The Canadian made a shaky start to her BNP Paribas Open campaign, coming from a set down to defeat Risa Ozaki. Bouchard produced a much improved performance in her second round clash, defeating an in form Sloane Stephens 7-5 7-5. It was an impressive win by Bouchard for many reasons, the Canadian was in trouble at stages in each set (saving 5 points in the second set) but her attitude and determination was superb throughout.

It will be interesting to see how this match plays out in the first career meeting between the pair. Past history suggests that Bouchard may struggle in this matchup. The Canadian has struggled against opponents such as Radwanska and Vinci, unable to deal with the variety of these opponents. I think this will be a challenging match-up for Bouchard (especially on a relatively slow surface) if Bacsinszky is able to play at a good level. Bouchard has also played a lot of tennis in the last couple of weeks, Timea should be the fresher of the two heading into this clash which could be an important factor in what should be a lengthy match. 

Prediction: Timea Bacsinszky to defeat Eugenie Bouchard in 3 sets 


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Garbine Muguruza vs Timea Bacsinszky, Beijing Final Preview

Beijing Final: (5) Garbine Muguruza vs (12) Timea Bacsinszky

Two of 2015’s biggest improvers will go head-to-head in the final of the China Open on Sunday evening when Garbine Muguruza meets Timea Bacsinszky. Both ladies will be aiming to claim the biggest titles of their careers, both will reach a new career high ranking next week regardless of the result of this match. Timea Bacsinszky is now just one win away from reaching the WTA Finals in Singapore for the first time in her career, Garbine already clinched her spot at the season finale for the first time in her career earlier this week. This promises to be a fascinating battle.

After a shocking North American summer, Garbine Muguruza has rebounded amazingly during the Asian Swing, reaching back-to-back finals in Wuhan and Beijing. The Spaniard’s form in Wuhan was much more convincing before she ultimately succumbed to fatigue in the final. Garbine has laboured through the majority of her matches in Beijing, she certainly isn’t at her best physically.

Garbine booked her spot in the final with a gutsy 4-6 6-4 6-3 victory over Agnieszka Radwanska. It was a bizarre match, Garbine seemed to be in pain and her movement was certainly hampered by injury, but Garbine’s powerful game was good enough to hit through Radwanska. It’s going to be a tough ask for Garbine to compete at a high level in the final on Sunday, she has played so much tennis in the last couple of weeks, being forced to retire during a final for a second week in a row seems like a real possibility.

 

Little was expected of Timea Bacsinszky this week in Beijing, However Timea has defied the odds to reach the biggest final of her career and move into the top 10 in the world rankings for the first time. Timea is now just 1 win away from reaching her first WTA Finals campaign, which seemed highly unlikely given she arrived in Beijing on the back of 5 consecutive losses.

Timea’s route to the final hasn’t been easy, coming from a set down on 3 occasions, 4 of her 5 victories this week have been in 3 sets. Bacsinszky’s three latest victories in Beijing have all been extremely hard-fought, a 6-4 4-6 7-5 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro, a 0-6 6-3 7-5 victory over Sara Errani before recording a 5-7 6-4 6-1 victory over Ana Ivanovic to book her spot in the final. Timea’s ability to work things out on court when things are not going her way is second to none, she has once again proven that over the last couple of days.

 

Garbine Muguruza holds a perfect 2-0 head-to-head record over Timea Bacsinszky. Their most recent clash took place at the quarter-final stage of Wimbledon earlier this year, it was the Spaniard who emerged victorious with a 7-5 6-3 victory. Garbine’s other victory over Timea came at the Australian Open earlier this year, a topsy-turvy 3 set victory.

This is a really tough match to call, especially given Garbine’s injury concerns and Timea potentially suffering from fatigue after some gruelling matches. I like Timea’s chances in this one, the crafty Swiss player will make life extremely difficult for Garbine. The Spaniard will probably not be at her best, Timea is the type of opponent that will usually take full advantage of this. With a first ever appearance at the WTA Finals on the line, this is a massive opportunity for Bacsinszky, I think she will be smart enough to take full advantage.

Prediction: Timea Bacsinszky to defeat Garbine Muguruza in 3 sets

Ana Ivanovic vs Timea Bacsinszky, Beijing SF Preview

Beijing SF #2: (6) Ana Ivanovic vs (12) Timea Bacsinszky

Saturday’s first semi-final at the China Open in Beijing will see the 6th seeded Ana Ivanovic take on a rejuvenated Timea Bacsinszky. Not many could have predicted a semi-final between Ana and Timea, both have exceeded all expectations this week and now have a wonderful opportunity to reach the final. Both ladies must win this match to keep their slim hopes of reaching the WTA Finals alive, the winner of this match will move into the top 10 next week, which would be a the first time for Bacsinszky.

Ana Ivanovic has had a decent couple of weeks and says she is feeling as fit as she has felt all year. The Serb started the week with commanding straight set victories over Casey Dellacqua and Venus Williams before labouring to a three set victory over Svetlana Kuznetsova. Ana’s best performance of the week came in the quarte-finals where she played some stunning tennis on route to a 6-3 7-5 victory over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova. Ana served well for the majority of the match and came up with some fantastic volleys at the net.

 

Timea Bacsinszky continues to defy the odds in 2015. Timea is now into her first every premier mandatory semi-final. The Swiss number 2 arrived in Beijing on the back of 5 consecutive losses but has turned her form slump around with a couple of trademark marathon victories. Timea’s last two matches in Beijing ended 7-5 in the third set, two extremely tough victories over Carla Suarez Navarro and Sara Errani. Timea will enter Saturday’s semi-final feeling like she has nothing to lose.

Ana Ivanovic has won the only two previous encounters between the pair, including a 6-1 6-2 thrashing of Timea in Montreal last year in their most recent match. I suspect Ivanovic will once again get the better of Bacsinszky. The Serb’s game matches up pretty well against Timea, Ana can really over-power Timea and should be too strong for a potentially fatigued opponent on this occasion.

Prediction: Ana Ivanovic to defeat Timea Bacsinszky in 2 sets