Day 3 at the National Bank Open in Toronto offers another great day of play from the WTA side. This WTA 1000 event has proven itself so far and should continue with some of the matchups we have in store. As usual, here at LWOT we will be offering our predictions for every game on the schedule, including Ons Jabeur vs. Qinwen Zheng, Iga Swiatek vs Ajla Tomljanovic and Belinda Bencic vs Serena Williams. But who will reach the third round?
WTA Toronto day 3 predictions
Elise Mertens versus Camila Giorgi
Head to head: Mertens 2: 1 Giorgi
Elise Mertens and Camila Giorgi had very similar seasons in 2022. Mertens holds an 18-16 record and is currently ranked 37th in the world. Giorgi is 14-13 this season and is currently ranked 29th in the world. Both looked impressive in their round one wins in straight sets. Not much separates these two in their current forms. However, the Italian beat Mertens 6-3, 7-5 in the first round of this event last season. I think the slow, damp courts favor Mertens, but I’ve seen more confidence in Giorgi over the past two months. I think she plays the big points well and beats Mertens in three sets.
Forecast: George in the 3rd
Yelena Ostapenko vs Alison Riske
Head-to-head: Ostapenko 2-0 Riske
Jelena Ostapenko and Alison Riske meet for the third time as the number 16 seeks another win against the American. Their previous two meetings both took place at Slams, including earlier this year Melbourne. This is Ostapenko’s first tournament since her run into week two of Wimbledon. The Latvian is looking to make a late push towards the top-8 of the WTA Finals. Riske, who has also had a strong grass season, is looking to build on her impressive first-round win over Petra Kvitova. I see this match going at a distance, but I have faith that Ostapenko will maintain a more consistent level throughout the match.
Forecast: Ostapenko in the 3rd
Alize Cornet vs Bianca Andreescu
Head-to-head: cornet 2:0 Andreescu
Both Alize Cornet and Bianca Andreescu had impressive Round 1 victories at the National Bank Open. As the winner of this 2015 tournament, Andreescu is trying to find her previous top-five level on home soil. Cornet is a very interesting challenge for the Canadian. She has won eight of her last 11 games and has beaten Andreescu in her previous two encounters. The audience will surely side with Andreescu, but will that be enough? I think it will and I see her advancing in a crucial third set.
Forecast: Andreescu in the 3rd
Paula Badosa vs Julia Putintseva
Head-to-head: Badosa 2-0 Putintseva
#4 seed Paula Badosa is looking to continue her impressive hard court season in Toronto. The Spaniard is on the surface this season with a title in Sydney 18-7. Her opponent Yulia Putintseva has been a very mixed player this season. That usually doesn’t bode well against a player of Badosa’s caliber. I think the 24-year-old Spaniard will have no problem leading Putintseva around the court in a two-set win.
Forecast: Badosa in the 2nd
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