Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Istanbul day 2: Favourites to win

Li Na vs. Sara Errani

Nothing against Sara, but against top players, she stands no chance with her ultra weak serve. Li is going to take full advantage of that weak delivery and cruise to a straightforward victory. The only thing Li needs to do is keep her mind in check. If she concentrates throughout, Sara will be the first to bid adios to this tournament.

Pick: Li in 2 sets

Victoria Azarenka vs. Jelena Jankovic

As the lower seed, Jelena will always be the underdog. Victoria seems to have shaken her fall rust off with a clean performance over Errani, so Jankovic is likely to be her next victim. For the Serb, I feel that she's just happy to be there with no intention to win the title whatsoever. Given the conditions on how she qualified, I wouldn't place too much high hopes on myself either. Jankovic hasn't performed well in majority of her tournaments and had only two to three highlights in her season. The highlights were a result of the seeds collapsing and Jelena taking advantage.

Pick: Azarenka in 2 sets

Serena Williams vs. Agnieszka Radwanska

If Radwanska couldn't beat a half fit Serena in Toronto, she can forget about defeating a fully healthy and motivated Williams. The Pole just doesn't have enough firepower to trouble Serena. Sad to say, Radwanska looks to be the highest seed to get kicked out of the tournament today.

Pick: Williams in 2 sets

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