Shuai Peng vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, New Haven R2 Preview

Connecticut Open, ??? New Haven preview + prediction
R2: (8) ?? Shuai Peng vs ?? Mirjana Lucic-Baroni

Tuesday’s second match of the night session at the Connecticut Open will be an interesting contest between the 8th seeded Shuai Peng and the always-dangerous Mirjana Lucic-Baroni. Peng and Lucic-Baroni both arrived in New Haven having lost back-to-back matches to begin their U.S Open series campaign. Both will be desperate to turn their fortunes around in New Haven before heading to New York next week. Peng and Lucic-Baroni both got back to the winners list courtesy of tough first round wins in New Haven and will look build momentum with a victory on Tuesday evening.

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Shuai Peng booked her spot in the second round in New Haven thanks to a 1-6 6-3 7-6 win over Katerina Siniakova. Whilst, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni also requited three sets to advance to the second round, beating Anett Kontaveit 6-4 6-7 6-3. Lucic-Baroni’s win over Kontaveit broke a string of 6 consecutive losses.

The only previous match between the pair ended in a 6-2 6-1 win for Lucic-Baroni on clay in Charleston last year. I suspect Tuesday clash in New Haven will be very different. Peng has generally been pretty consistent this year and should be too solid for an erratic Lucic-Baroni. Peng’s ability to absorb and redirect pace should give her an advantage in quick conditions in New Haven.

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Prediction: Shuai Peng to defeat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in 2 sets

0 responses to “Shuai Peng vs Mirjana Lucic-Baroni, New Haven R2 Preview”

  1. wtaaddict, usually my prediction lines up with you but it unfortunately itdiffers here. Hope it is ok.

    On paper, one of my FAV WTA players, Shuai Peng should win being a true fighter with great movement and intelligent returning with pace redirection.

    My deep analysis says that my oldie-goldie FAV player Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (MLB) will beat Shuai Peng in 2 (like in the H2H win) or 3 sets (if MLB is erratic).

    People are ignoring MLB as she has lost 9 matches since April.2017. But they don’t know 2 things:- 1) MLB was suffering from shoulder injury 2) MLB is back after recovering 90% (hence you can see heavy taping on her arms and shoulders still,which makes people fade her).

    MLB is like a hungry lion now, hungry for tearing apart some preys or opponents having lost nearly 3 months of good wins and pay check! When MLB is healthy, she is one of the most dangerous players in WTA. I think MLB will win tomorrow with her superior power (serve & ground strokes…which Peng will not be able to absorb most of the time), movement, reach and experience. Win or lose, I am taking +2.5 MLB and OVER 21.5 (as Peng will fight tooth and nail and take it to a decider)! #rd slip a small bet on Peng. If MLB is very, very hungry (and fully recovered from her shoulder Injury), then she can win in 2 sets just like in their last H2H match!

    You are probably right but this is my unique analysis! I am not appending the stats as it will make my above analysis lengthy.

    • Hi Jaya, thanks for your response. I respect your opinion, I agree that Lucic-Baroni is very dangerous, however her recent form has been terrible and I need to see her win a few more matches before I could have any confidence in picking her to win matches like this. Peng is much more consistent and reliable, therefore I’d have to side with Peng here. It should be any interesting match, either way..

      • wtaaddictcom, you are right . MLB needs to win few more matches before we can trust her. I went with the strong confidence that she expressed that she is back and I kinda bought it. She is still rusted from Injury vacation and could not natch Peng’s movement or consistency. Want to see MLB atleast in the 2016 AO Form where she beat some good players like coco etc. Recover fast MLB and show us your exciting power game that you are capable of!

        • Yepp, Lucic-Baroni certainly didn’t show her best today and is just not in good form. I believe she was recently injured so she just doesn’t have her rhythm at the moment. Hopefully she can find her form again at some stage this year

  2. Jaya, After all that talk, MLB comes out an lays an egg. She didn’t look injured either, just sucked. Unforced error after error, a few double faults, it was a pathetic performance. Addict was spot on, MLB current form is awful, you can’t pick her over anyone at this point.

      • Yup. Fell fell for MLB’s confident Interview that she is back. My bad. Will try not believe what players say but assess things on the actual play/ground realities.

    • Jason, you are right man. You seem to have very good knowledge in tennis.

      Not going to pick MLB for some time now. In my 3rd slip I bet on Peng which compensated for my MLB small bet loss.

      What are your bets in WTA and ATP for today? Can you post it quick with your analysis? I am researching still. Matches starting in one hour?

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