Beijing QF #4: (12) Timea Bacsinszky vs Sara Errani
An unexpected quarter-final match-up at the China Open sees Timea Bacsinszky come up against Sara Errani. Little was expected of Timea Bacsinszky in her first tournament since the U.S Open, Timea arrived in Beijing on the back of 5 consecutive losses. Sara Errani has also defied the odds this week, recording three upset victories in a row to advance to the quarter-final stage.
Timea Bacsinszky has rediscovered some of her early season form this week in Beijing, as a result Timea is still an outside chance to qualify for the WTA Finals in Singapore. Timea is currently ranked 14th in the live race standings and will need another couple of victories to keep her chances alive.
Timea started the week by coming from a set down to defeat Camila Giorgi 1-6 6-4 6-3 before defeating Mariana Duque-Marino 7-5 6-2. Timea’s biggest test came in the third round where she faced fellow Singapore hopeful Carla Suarez Navarro. It was an extremely tight match, a very tactical battle full of long rallies, it was Bacsinszky who untimely prevailed 6-4 4-6 7-5. Timea will fancy her chances in the next round when she comes up against an opponent she has a winning record against.
Sara Errani has now reached the quarter-final of every premier mandatory event in season 2015, an impressive achievement considering the Italian hasn’t had her greatest season. Errani has been at her gritty best this week in Beijing, starting the week with a big 7-5 6-4 upset victory over Petra Kvitova. The Italian has backed up that stunning performance with trademark three set victories over Caroline Garcia and Andrea Petkovic. Errani’s consistent play ultimately broke the spirits of both Garcia and Petkovic.
Timea Bacsinszky holds a 2-1 head-to-head advantage over Errani. The most recent encounter between the pair took place earlier this year in Monterrey, it was Bacsinszky who emerged victorious with an extremely hard-fought 6-0 4-6 7-6 victory on route to the title.
This looks like a really even match-up, both ladies rely on unsettling their opponents with smart consistent play. Therefore another tough, long battle is to be expected here. I give the edge to Errani, the Italian has played some great tennis this week against high quality opponents whilst Timea’s form is questionable considering her victories came against opponents who are not playing great tennis.