Wednesday, 25 September 2013

WTA Tokyo Quarter-Final Predictions: Experience vs. Youth, Venus vs. Bouchard

1. Venus Williams v Eugenie Bouchard
Eugenie Bouchard
The most intriguing of the quarters features two of the giant killers from Tokyo this year as the experience of Venus Williams takes on the youth of Eugenie Bouchard.  Venus upset an illness-riddled Victoria Azarenka in the second round and backed it up with a far superior victory over Simona Halep, battling back from a set and a break deficit to post a 4-6 7-5 6-3 victory.  Bouchard has taken out two contenders for the YEC in Istanbul, Sloane Stephens and today, Jelena Jankovic, which was her second top 10 win, but her first in a completed match.  It was a surprising win, particularly as Jankovic had thrashed Genie in Charleston earlier this year.  This should be a fascinating match and it is a terribly difficult one to call.  My instinct is saying that Venus will edge it...

Prediction - Venus to beat Bouchard in 2 tight sets

2. Angelique Kerber v Agnieszka Radwanska
Wednesday was a wet day in Tokyo, but a really good one for Angelique Kerber, who enjoyed one of her best wins of the year as she snapped a 3 match losing streak against Ana Ivanovic to win comfortably, 6-4 6-2.  She now takes on Agnieszka Radwanska, who also exacted revenge, this time on Dominika Cibulkova, who had triumphed in their last match-up in Stanford.  Aga played a solid match by the stats winning 71% of points behind her serve and breaking at the crucial stage of the second set before successfully serving for the match.  Radwanska leads the head-to-head with Kerber by 4 wins to 2 and has won their last 3 encounters.  In fact this is the 3rd year in a row that they will play in Tokyo and last year, Aga was terrific in handing out two breadsticks.  I think this will be much tighter, but Aga is still my predicted winner.

Prediction - Radwanska to beat Kerber in 2 tight sets

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Caroline Wozniacki to beat Lucie Safarova in 3 sets *another tough one to call*

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