Thursday, 9 January 2014

Sydney F, Hobart SF: Against all odds

Sydney final:

Tsvetana Pironkova vs. Angelique Kerber

Coming through qualifying, Pironkova continues her fairy tale run by upsetting Kvitova in straight sets. What is amazing about her accomplishment is that she has already played 7 matches so far and was able to take out players with vast different game styles, ie. Errani and then Kvitova. She will have her hands full with Kerber, whose defensive game has an added aggressive side now. The German has increased her aggressiveness this year and is the favourite to take the title. Pironkova should be very satisfied with her first final appearance, and go down meekly to the pesky German.

Pick: Kerber in 2 sets

Hobart SF:

Samantha Stosur vs. Klara Zakopalova

Looks like Stosur really tuned her mind to tell herself that she's not in Australia. Taking out the dangerous Jovanovski easily, she faces another flat hitter in Zakopalova. Sam's top spin shots will be sitting nicely for Zakopalova to slam for winners. The Aussie will need to serve well, and punish the Czech's weaker serve. As with Samantha, you'll never know which player will come out to play. But if she plays to her normal standard, Stosur should be able to edge out Klara.

Pick: Stosur in 3 sets

Estrella Cabeza Candela vs. Gabine Muguruza

Nobody would have expected these 2 Spaniards to be facing each other for a place in the finals. Whoever wins here will make their first final appearance, so a few jitters is expected. Candela's game is more suited for the clay courts, while Muguruza's aggressive game is more lethal on hard courts. With more main draw appearances, Garbine has the game and the experience to win this winnable match. She just needs to calm those nerves and play her usual game.

Pick: Muguruza in 2 sets

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