Sunday, 20 April 2014

Stuttgart, Marrakech day 1: Wozniacki in action

Match focus:

Caroline Wozniacki vs. Kaia Kanepi

The only main draw match in Stuttgart today sees Caroline Wozniacki take on the volatile Kanepi. Kaia has beaten the Dane on clay before, but her form this year has been lacklustre. Caroline might not be at her best now, but she still can grind opponents out of the court. With her lack of confidence, I don't think Kanepi can upset the Dane again. However, who knows? A fully pumped up Kaia might just demolish Wozniacki.

Pick: Wozniacki in 3 sets

Yvonne Meusburger vs. Petra Cetkovska

One would expect Cetkovska to build on her huge upset over Li in Doha, but the Czech went back into mediocrity again. Petra seems to have a problem with expectations being laid on her, and only plays her best when she's not expected to win. Against Meusburger, she is the lower ranked player and has a superior game. This might mean that Cetkovska has the chance to cause an upset here. The only thing stopping her is her head.

Pick: Cetkovska in 3 sets

Petra Martic vs. Shahar Peer

Still very puzzled to why Martic is ranked so low. With her game and wide variety of shots, she can play amazing tennis. The only thing that is hindering her is her choice of shots and lack of mental strength. Peer is frankly a has-been, so Martic should be able to win this comfortably. The problem with her is that she doesn't believe in herself. If she relaxes and play her normal game, she can win this match. Maybe a coaching change (if she even has a coach) is essential for Petra.

Pick: Martic in 3 sets

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