Day 4 of the WTA event in Cleveland, just days before the final Major of the year in New York, sees last year’s Roland Garros winner Barbora Krejcikova attempting to reverse her disastrous year.
WTA Cleveland day 4 predictions
Madison Brengle vs Ekaterina Alexandrova
Head to head: 0:0
Believe it or not, despite being ranked No. 63 in the world, Madison Brengle hadn’t won a match on the main WTA Tour in nearly three months prior to this week, and even that was a hard-fought 7-5 in third win . Alexandrova’s form is a bit difficult to understand at the moment after missing two months on the pitch with a wrist injury shortly after winning the title in the Netherlands. She had a good win against last year’s US Open finalist Leylah Fernandez in the first round, however, the wrist was still clean with 14 double faults along the way. If there was a good time to play against the Russian, there’s no doubt about it now. Although Brengle’s game is disputed and rough, she could force Alexandrova into rallies, which she doesn’t plan to play so early in her comeback, but to think the American can do it regularly enough to win is asking too much.
Prediction: Alexandrova in 2
Laura Siegemund vs. Liudmila Samsonova
Head to head: Samsonova 1-0
Siegemund has crashed down the rankings and now sits outside the top 200 despite two consecutive ITF titles in June. If anything, it’s a shock that she’s here after an amazing unexpected win over top 50 player Anhelina Kalinina in the last one round even in the second round. Unfortunately, Samsonova is in great form, especially after winning the title in Washington. Siegemund has left her best tennis far behind and that won’t be too close.
Prognosis: Samsonova in the 2nd
Shuai Zhang vs. Martina Trevisan
Head to head: Zhang 2-0
With Zhang leading the rivalry 2-0 and both games routine, it’s hard to see a big chance for the Italian here. With no disrespect to Trevisan, although she’s had a great year so far highlighted by a semi-final at Roland Garros, off the clay court she simply doesn’t have the game to rival most of the top 50 women, as her results show. If Zhang plays like last week on her way to the quarterfinals in Cincinnati, it will be easy for the Chinese.
Prediction: Zhang in 2
Barbora Krejcikova vs. Bernarda Pera
Head to head: 0:0
What a blockbuster match this could be. Just a few months ago, the Czech was the second-best player in the world, but after a series of injuries she is now outside the top 20, having not reached a singles final for over seven months. On the other hand, home favorite Pera is in the form of her life.
Despite being on clay, the American qualified for Budapest and ended up winning the title without dropping a single set. Then she won Hamburg without losing a set, just to prove that Budapest was not an isolated case. It’s so hard to say, it’s only a matter of time before last year’s Roland Garros winner gets better, but could it be too soon for her?
Prediction: Pera in 3
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