Saturday, 5 April 2014

Charleston, Monterrey SF: Flashes of brilliance vs. Consistency

Jana Cepelova vs. Belinda Bencic

Cepelova is proving to the world that she is no flash in the pan. While some players succumb the pressure after upsetting top players, Jana went from strength to strength, intent on showing that her win was no fluke. She will meet another youngster who has surprised the other seeds, Belinda Bencic. The Swiss was clinical in her dismissal of Errani, showing great calm even though she lost the first set. This meeting will be a nervy affair as both players will be playing for their first big final appearance. Too close to call but I think Cepelova will be the one who has more to lose. Belinda has a steadier game and a cooler head on her shoulders. 

Pick: Bencic in 3 sets

Andrea Petkovic vs. Eugenie Bouchard

Petkovic's form prior to this tournament was quite frankly pathetic this year. She somehow turned it around here for precious points, but will definitely be the underdog against Bouchard. The Canadian has already beaten two former number ones en route to the semi-finals, and is primed to win her first title here. The only thing that could affect Eugenie's chances is being the huge favorite now. The Canadian must not get ahead of herself as she still has two matches to win. If she plays to her normal standard, she can prove that she's the real deal. 

Pick: Bouchard in 2 sets

Kimiko Date-Krumm vs. Jovana Jaksic

Kimiko shows that she still has some wheels in her, playing steady tennis to ousted Monica Puig in her quarter-finals. Looks like Puig will be another wasted flash in the pan as she does not have the mental strength to be a top 50 player. Can't say I have seen much of Jaksic's game, but I have heard her play. She's annoying with her crazy banshee screams and I hope the Japanese shows her that tennis can be played with class and not bursting your opponent's ear drums. 

Pick: Date-Krumm in 2 sets

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Ana Ivanovic

It is quite clear that whoever wins this match will be the huge favorite in the final. Caroline's consistent game will be the antithesis of Ana's flashy game. Throughout the tournament, Ana's game has been up and down and she'll be penalized with Wozniacki's constant retrieving. Caroline looks good to gain valuable points here, and will be the favourite despite being ranked lower. Ana's just too volatile to put in a convincing performance for once. 

Pick: Wozniacki in 2 sets

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