Magda Linette vs Shuai Zhang, New Haven R2 Preview

Connecticut Open, ??? New Haven preview + prediction
R2: (Q) ?? Magda Linette vs ?? Shuai Zhang

Shuai Zhang caused the biggest upset of the opening round when she eliminated 3-time former champion Petra Kvitova in straight sets. Zhang claimed a surprisingly easy 6-2 6-1 win over Petra Kvitova on Monday night and will look to bring momentum from that big win into her second round clash with Magda Linette on Wednesday. In more good news for Zhang, she holds a perfect 2-0 head-to-head record over Linette heading into this second round clash at the Connecticut Open.

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Magda Linette also claimed an upset win to progress to the second round in New Haven, albeit a minor one. Linette came through three matches to progress through the qualifying draw before she claimed a surprisingly straightforward 6-3 6-1 win over Roberta Vinci. Linette’s win over Vinci was her first MD win since Nottingham.

As mentioned above, Zhang has won both of the previous matches between the pair, a 6-2 2-6 6-1 win in Kuala Lumpur in 2014 and more recently a 7-5 7-5 victory in Birmingham earlier this year. I suspect Zhang will again get the better of Linette on this occasion. These two are quite similar in a few ways but it is Zhang who has more to her game and is able to effectively counter-punch against Linette. Zhang’s win over Kvitova was impressive, Kvitova wasn’t playing too well but Zhang did absolutely nothing wrong and can build off that win.

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Prediction: Shuai Zhang to defeat Magda Linette in 3 sets 

0 responses to “Magda Linette vs Shuai Zhang, New Haven R2 Preview”

  1. WTAADDICTCOM, that is beautiful analysis, same as mine.

    Let’s Banb,Zhang…to another win!lol

    But, Magda Linette will fight and try to make this a close encounter as she has the momentum from her 3 wins in the qualies, bigger power, size and reach besides having REVENGE on her mind! People correctly say that “3rd time is a charm”! Hope Magda can win the 3rd time or atleast make this a tight and exciting contest for the fans.

    Leaning on Zhang to win as she is a little more consistent and aggressive than Magda(unlike Kavitova=Full of errors!lol) like Peng!

    • Zhang impressed me against kvitova, i’ve never really been a fan of Linette. Zhang’s upside is much greater than Linette

      • That is true wtaaddictcom. Zhang is banging(form) currently. Won the Astana Challenger, winning all the matches in 2 easy sets (tho the opponents were of lower level). She has had great wins like her win over Mugurza on hard in Dubai in Jan,2017!

        What worries me is that Zhang loses to people with power who can hit thru her like Kiki Mladenovic, Viktorija Golubic, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Oceane Dodin, Katerina Siniakova,Anastasija Sevastova etc. and Magda has shown good power recently(new strategy of her team)! Magda looks fitter, faster and smarter. If Magda can place her shots deep with power, and accuracy…then Magda should win. Magda is bestowed with great physical attrributes (power, reach etc.). If she uses her gifts properly, she should win.

        Leaning on Zhang to win tho as she is a little more consistent and aggressive than Magda(unlike Kavitova=Full of errors!lol) like Peng! But like Magda’s new game with a new strategy(being aggressive and putting the opponent in a defensive position. Hope it works with Zhang!) from her team. Betting a little on the over as both the previous h2H matches hit the over. Looks good?

        • Yes leaning towards Zheng seems like the smart approach. The line is a bit low, not really worth putting money on Zhang.. The only thing i’d be putting money on tomorrow is Pavlyuchenkova to defeat CSN.

  2. Checked the match-up between Zheng vs linette again.

    All (means ALL) stats points to a Linette upset win.

    Zheng’s 6-2,6-1 win over an out-of-form form Kavitova is like Simona’s 4 easy wins in 2 sets over 4 weak opponents in the last tournament, which made her look very very good to bet(and lose).

    Beating Roberta Vinci one of the top seed(7th) who was playing in top form is more credit worthy than a win over Kavitova.

    Linette also has the better form with better wins over top players than Zhang’s win over low level opponents in Astana.

    Now Linette also has the momentum from 3 very good qualie wins.

    If you add the physical advantage of linette’s power and reach and her new aggressive strategy, Linette should win.

    I know many times stats loses, therefore going with slip1=Over slip2=+3.5 linette slip3=Zhang ( probablysmall)

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