Wednesday, 21 August 2013

New Haven day 3: Sloane Stephens' title to lose?


Klara Zakopalova vs. Elena Vesnina
Simona Halep vs. Carla Suarez Navarro
Sara Errani vs. Ekaterina Makarova
Caroline Wozniacki vs. Karin Knapp
Alison Riske vs. Petra Kvitova
Sloane Stephens vs. Julia Goerges

Match focus:

Sara Errani vs. Ekaterina Makarova

Errani's not as effective here on hard courts, so Makarova has a chance of an upset here. The Russian just needs to serve well and plummet Errani's serves to take control of the point. Easier said than done though. One thing that's in the Russian's favour is that she did beat Errani in the doubles final of Paris. She knows she can overpower the Italian, she just needs to know when to pull the trigger.

Pick: Makarova in 3 sets

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Karin Knapp

Wozniacki really got out of jail in her first round against Peng. She should be weary of Karin Knapp, who knows Caroline isn't the force she used to be. Knapp has a good serve with clean groundstrokes. If she can impose her big game on the Dane, the former champion might be saying goodbye soon. However, I don't believe Knapp has the mental strength to finish the job. It will be close, but not enough.

Pick: Wozniacki in 3 sets

Sloane Stephens vs. Julia Goerges

Goerges actually won a match! Jovanovski should hang her head in shame. Sloane Stephens's path to the title looks clearer and I believe she has a huge chance of winning this event. Julia barely got past Bojana, that's not going to cut it against Stephens. However, we all know Sloane can go haywire in a second, so I think she will need 3 sets to win this.

Pick: Stephens in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Elena Vesnina, Petra Kvitova
Upset alert: Sara Errani, Carla Suarez Navarro

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