Friday, 9 August 2013

Toronto QF: Cibulkova, US Open series winner?

Match focus:

Agnieszka Radwanska vs. Sara Errani

These 2 players always have long drawn matches and I'm not expecting anything different this time. On hard courts, Radwanska obviously holds an advantage, but she has to be tired after playing 3 weeks in a row. Errani has beaten her the last time they met in Paris, so she will be comfortable playing the crafty Pole. It will be close, but the Polish girl should be able to win this match.

Pick: Radwanska in 3 sets

Dominika Cibulkova vs. Li Na

Dominika is hitting her stride as she overcame her nemesis, Vinci in the previous round. She has problem playing the crafty Italian, but has reversed the losing trend by beating her in straight sets. Li got out of jail last round against Ana Ivanovic, but will be facing a tougher test against the flat hitting Slovak. If the Chinese is not careful, the diminutive Cibulkova will pounce all over her.

Pick: Cibulkova in 3 sets

Petra Kvitova vs. Sorana Cirstea

Battle of the big ball bashing babes here as 2 of the hardest hitters on tour clash. Kvitova has the better serve, she will be at the advantage. Besides, she played a disciplined match against Stosur, which signals her return to form. Cirstea cannot be underestimated though. as she fought well against Wozniacki and played extremely well in clutch moments. She also took care of the uninspired Jankovic in straightforward fashion. Cirstea has a chance, but will have to play first strike tennis, which is not easy to do against Kvitova.

Pick: Kvitova in 2 sets

Serena Williams vs. Magdalena Rybarikova

Magdalena has a nice winning streak going on here, but it is almost bound to be stopped by the insurmountable Serena Williams. The world number 1 is barely losing games and when a player like Rybarikova who has a glaring weakness, she will pounce on it like nobody's business. Expect a lot of balls going to the backhand side and a punishing shot when a short ball arrives. Rybarikova has nothing to be ashamed of, she just needs to translate the fine form into US Open.

Pick: Serena Williams in 2 sets

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