Saturday, 26 October 2013

WTA Champs Istanbul, Day 5: Kvitova-Li and Serena-Jankovic

1. Petra Kvitova v Li Na
Petra Kvitova
I have never particularly enjoyed matches between Petra Kvitova and Li Na, but the one you can expect from these two is a competitive match and that is particularly welcome because of the 12 matches we have seen this week, just 2 have gone the distance.  Li won all 3 group matches including managing her head well in a 6-2 6-1 victory over a hobbled, Victoria Azarenka.  Kvitova has impressed me this week and she did a good job in staying in the moment and beating Angelique Kerber, 6-7 6-2 6-3.  The head-to-head is tied at 3-3 and 4 of those matches have gone to 3 sets.  It promises to be another close one, but I fancy Petra indoors to do the business.

Prediction - Kvitova to beat Li in 3 sets

2. Serena Williams v Jelena Jankovic
I mean no disrespect to Jelena Jankovic when I say that I expect this match to be a formality.  Jelena had a great win over Victoria Azarenka, but was struggling with a cold as she was beaten in straight sets by Sara Errani.  Serena has been impeccable through the first three matches so a duff performance from the world number one would be a surprise.  You can at least rely on JJ to make this an entertaining match no matter what the scoreline is.

Prediction - Serena to beat Jankovic in 2 sets

Best of the rest: Valencia semi-final predictions
Dmitry Tursunov to beat Mikhail Youzhny in 3 sets
David Ferrer to beat Nicolas Almagro in 2 sets

Best of the rest: Basel semi-final predictions
Juan Martin del Potro to beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin in 2 sets
Roger Federer to beat Vasek Pospisil in 2 tight sets


  1. okey first of all jelena's lost yesterday was excpected . She was alredy in semifinals even if she lost or win it taht game. so that game was a formality . When Li na won over Azarenka, i saw a big value in Errena because if she would won it first set and she did ... the match would finish in two sets with Errani winning, because JJ has semifinals today and why should be tired today

  2. Kvitova is your kryptonite Moo :-P

  3. You sure do like upsets Moo, I hate seeing the same guys win all the time myself but upsets do not happen very often in tennis.