Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Acapulco, Florianopolis day 4: Future of WTA

Acapulco schedule:

Florianopolis schedule:

Match focus:

Caroline Garcia vs. Eugenie Bouchard

It seems like yesterday when Garcia was slated to be the next big thing after she pushed Sharapova to the limits in Roland Garros. Caroline didn't capitalize on her good form and has since languished in the bottom half of the top 100. Compared to the meteoric rise of Bouchard, Garcia has a lot to catch up. She is one year older than Eugenie, but the Canadian has already accomplished more than her. If Garcia can get her mental game going, I believe this match-up has a potential to be a good rivalry. Right now, Bouchard has all the confidence in the world. Garcia did well against 2 retrievers in her first few rounds, which shows growth in her mental game. Eugenie should be able to win this, but it might go the distance.

Pick: Bouchard in 3 sets

Klara Zakopalova vs. Alexandra Dulgheru

Klara Zakopalova continues her busy schedule with wins here in Florianopolis. After reaching the finals in Rio, she continued her good form despite the surface change, and will vie for a spot in the semi-finals with resurgent Dulgheru. The pair has met twice before in 2011, splitting both meetings, but Klara has won their hard court meeting. I believe the surface suits the flat hitting Czech, but she might be fatigued from all the matches so far. Dulgheru also had to come through qualifying, so she will also be feeling the strain. Because of that, I believe Klara will snatch another win against the Romanian.

Pick: Zakopalova in 3 sets

Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Monica Niculescu

Defending champion Monica Niculescu faces a tough test against top seed, Carla Suarez Navarro. Monica clinched her first title here last year, but did relatively nothing after that. Carla is still seeking her first title and like Zakopalova, has the tendency to blank out during finals. The good thing for the Spaniard is that this is not a final On hard courts, I believe Carla's variety will be enough to counter Monica's junky balls.

Pick: Suarez Navarro in 2 sets

Sure win bets: Garbine Muguruza, Dominika Cibulkova
Upset alert: Alexandra Cadantu, Zhang Shuai

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