Emma Raducanu prepares for the WTA Cincinnati Open.

WTA Cincinnati Day 2 predictions including Raducanu vs. Williams

There is a lot going on on day two of the WTA Cincinnati Open. A number of top players are starting their campaigns and as always here at LWOT we will be offering our predictions for each game including Serena Williams vs Emma Raducanu. Coco Gauff versus Marie Bouzkova and Karolina Pliskova vs Venus Williams. But who will make it to the second round?

WTA Cincinnati day 2 predictions

Madison Keys vs. Yulia Putintseva

Head to head: Key 1-1 Putintseva

Yulia Putintseva looked in great form in Toronto, where she reached the quarterfinals. Her game is really good at the moment, although she’s not quite at the level to challenge the players at the top. However, this should be a very winnable match. Madison Keys continues to vacillate between the sublime and the ridiculous. She lost in straight sets to qualifier Asia Muhammed in Toronto and hasn’t had many wins lately. Her fitness is also an issue which has forced her to retire or retire from some games lately. Expect Putintseva to be too good here.

Prediction: Putintseva in 2
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Elise Mertens vs. Anhelina Kalinina

Head to head: Mertens 1 – 0

Elise Mertens had a great run at Wimbledon but has been unhappy with some of her draws since. She’s still playing great tennis but hasn’t managed to get on a major winning streak and it won’t be easy here either. Anhelina Kalinina, on the other hand, looked solid in qualifying, fighting her way past Petra Martic. She’s more than capable of making the pitch shine, but Mertens is a tough opponent. She is difficult to penetrate and can work very impressively on the pitch. This match could probably go either way, but expect Mertens to come out on top.

Prognosis: Mertens in the 3rd
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Emma Raducanu vs Serena Williams

Head to head: first date

Could we have wished for a more interesting and exciting first round? Probably not. Form doesn’t matter on this occasion – the incredible story of Serena Williams and Emma Raducanu’s exploits over the past year makes this so intriguing. William’s career is coming to an end and many expect her to retire after the US Open or later this year. She’s understandably not moving like she used to, but the serve, power and quick wit are definitely still there.

Raducanu is still finding her feet as a WTA player and has had her fair share of struggles with form and fitness. This year has shown signs of her form at the 2021 US Open and she will need to play close to her best to win this one. Her best tennis comes when she plays with a lot of aggression and uses all parts of the court to direct her heavy groundstrokes. If she plays passively and doesn’t penetrate the ball enough, she gets pushed back far too easily and has little chance of harming her opponent.

Raducanu is struggling against strong players and still needs to work on her counterattack. However, William’s movement is a weakness that Raducanu can exploit. If she can find the angles to make life difficult for the 23-time Grand Slam winner, she certainly has a chance. This match can definitely be decided by the more aggressive player, but give Raducanu the advantage as she can likely stay in the fight longer.

Prediction: Raducanu in 3

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