Carolina Garcia in action ahead of the WTA Nottingham Open.

WTA Cincinnati Day 2 predictions including Sakkari vs Garcia

The remaining first round matches will be played at the Western & Southern Open at WTA-1000 level in Cincinnati, Ohio on Tuesday. Last week’s finalists from Montreal will be back when Simona Halep takes on Anastasia Potapova and Beatriz Haddad Maia takes on Jelena Ostapenko. Meanwhile, round two begins as Maria Sakkari takes on Caroline Garcia. Let’s take a closer look at these exciting encounters.

WTA Cincinnati day 2 predictions

Sofia Kenin vs Shelby Rogers

H2H: Rogers 1-0.

Sofia Kenin has a miserable run of form. The American has lost eight straight games since the first tournament of the year in Adelaide in another injury-interrupted season for the 2020 Australian Open champion. Conversely, Rogers brings strong form to this clash, having reached the final in San Jose a few weeks ago, a run that included victories over Andreescu, Sakkari, Anisimova and Kudermetova. Kenin is the better player but it’s impossible to pick her with confidence until she starts turning things around.
Prediction: Rogers in 3

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Yelena Ostapenko vs Beatriz Haddad Maia

H2H: Ostapenko 2-0.

Beatriz Haddad Maia is one of the hottest players on tour right now. The Brazilian has just made her debut in the top 20 thanks to her best second place finish last week in Montreal. It’s been a stellar season for the Brazilian, she shows no signs of stopping. Yelena Ostapenko continues to be hot and cold, who knows what kind of level they will bring to the pitch. I know Haddad Maia will be hard to beat; Fatigue worries her but I think she will be too solid for the Latvian here.
Prognosis: Haddad Maia in Q2

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Simona Halep vs Anastasia Potapova

H2H: Halep 2-0.

Simona Halep arrives in Cincinnati feeling high, fresh from her third title win at the National Bank Open in Montreal. Halep has climbed back up to No. 6 in the world and is currently one of the best players in the world again. Fatigue may be an issue for Halep this week with a quick turnaround from Montreal, but I don’t see that as a big factor in the opening round against Anastasia Potapova. Halep should be too solid in all departments, she doesn’t need to be at her best in this matchup.
Prediction: Halep in 2nd

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Maria Sakkari vs. Caroline Garcia

H2H: Garcia 1-0.

The final match of the day promises to be one of the most intriguing as Maria Sakkari takes on Caroline Garcia. On paper, Sakkari has the edge. However, the Greek’s form has not been convincing lately and she looks vulnerable against an opponent like Garcia. The Frenchwoman has been in decent form lately and has a habit of upsetting the top collection at big events. The excitement is here, Garcia has the momentum on her side.
Prediction: Garcia in 3

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