Thursday, 17 October 2013

Luxembourg, Moscow QF: Caroline in danger?

Luxembourg schedule:

Annika Beck vs. Katarzyna Piter
Stefanie Voegele vs. Sloane Stephens
Caroline Wozniacki vs. Bojana Jovanovski
Sabine Lisicki vs. Karin Knapp

Moscow schedule:

Samantha Stosur vs. Ana Ivanovic
Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Roberta Vinci
Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova vs. Daniela Hantuchova
Simona Halep vs. Alisa Kleybanova

Match focus:

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Bojana Jovanovski

Stat of the match is that Bojana Jovanovski won their last 2 meetings this year. Can the Serb make it 3 in a row? One has to note that the wins came on clay, Wozniacki's least favourite surface. In the Luxembourg fast indoor courts, Caroline will be the slight favourite. Jovanovski will try to prove that she's no flash in a pan by replicating her win over the Dane, but I believe the number 1 seed should have enough resistance to get past this match.

Pick: Wozniacki in 3 sets

Samantha Stosur vs. Ana Ivanovic

Former Grand Slam champions will fight for a place in the semi-finals in this mouth watering clash. A rematch of last year's semi-finals, Stosur looks poised to replicate her win over Ana. With a neat winning streak from Osaka, the Australian eased through her first 2 matches with ease. Ana has enjoyed a fine run in Linz too, but you can always count on her to lose/choke to better players. I love Ana, but she's proven to be too mentally fragile to complete an impressive win.

Pick: Stosur in 2 tight sets

Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. Roberta Vinci

Kuznetsova's up and down season looks set to rise again in her country, Russia. Playing in front of her home crowd, she will be lifted by their support against Vinci. However, Roberta has already accounted for a Russian in Vesnina. Will Kuznetsova be her next victim? Svetlana's weakness will always be her head. She has all the shots, but just doesn't know when to use which shot. Against someone as patient and tricky as Vinci, she will tend to rush. Nevertheless, I believe Svetlana has enough game to eventually overcome the Italian.

Pick: Kuznetsova in 3 sets

Sure win bets: Annika Beck, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Sabine Lisicki
Upset alert: Roberta Vinci,

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