Sofia Kenin in action ahead of the WTA Cleveland Open.

WTA Cleveland Quarterfinal Predictions including Kenin vs. Pera

Expect an exciting day of tennis in Ohio with four fascinating quarterfinal matches at the WTA Cleveland Open. As always, here at LWOT we offer our previews and predictions for all four quarterfinals, but who will secure their spot in the semifinals?

WTA Cleveland Quarterfinal Predictions

Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs. Madison Brengle

Head to head: Brengle 2-0 Sasnovich

After a string of first-round losses, Madison Brengle found some form in Toronto, progressing through qualifiers and suffering a six-game losing streak in the process. She’s backed that up with a quarterfinal in Vancouver and another run to the last eight at the WTA Cleveland Open. Brengle’s journey to the last eight was not easy, but the American impressed with wins over Varvara Gracheva and Ekaterina Alexandrova.

However, Aliaksandra Sasnovich will be a test. The seventh seed secured their place in the last eight with victories over Aleksandra Krunic and Sara Sorribes Tormo as they rebounded from their first-round loss in Cincinnati. This will be the couple’s third meeting, but their first in almost eight years. Brengle has won his last two games, but it’s hard to put too much stock in games played so long ago. Sasnovich has looked sharper so far this week. Expect her to come out on top right now.

Prediction: Sasnovich in 3
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Alize Cornet vs. Zhang Shuai

Head to head: Cornet 4-3 Zhang

In the latest installment of a fairly legendary rivalry, Alize Cornet will take on Zhang Shuai for a place in the last four in Cleveland. Cornet, who had the better pick with four wins over Zhang’s three, has impressed so far in Cleveland, sacking Dayana Yastremska in the first round for losing just three games before beating Clara Tauson 6-3, 7-6. Zhang has also blamed Katerina Siniakova for losing just three games before benefiting from Martina Trevisan’s withdrawal.

There doesn’t seem to be much in this match. As mentioned above, there has been little that separates them in the past and both have impressed at the WTA Cleveland Open so far. But Zhang has been on better form lately, arriving in Cleveland fresh from a cross-Ohio quarterfinal run in Cincinnati. If she can maintain the level she’s shown over the past two weeks, you can expect her to be the player to reach the semifinals in Cleveland.

Prediction: Zhang in 3
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Magda Linette versus Ludmilla Samsonova

Head to head: first date

Magda Linette has had some good results in the week leading up to the US Open, winning the first title of her career at the WTA Bronx Open three years ago and she is threatening another title run in Cleveland this year. The Pole has impressed with victories over Yulia Putintseva and Sorana Cirstea, beating both in straight sets and will certainly go into this match with real confidence. But Ludmilla Samsonova should not be underestimated.

The Russian has barely lost a game, let alone a set, so far this week, defeating Iryna Shymanovich 6-1, 6-0 before beating Laura Siegemund 6-1, 6-2. The only real concern for Samsonova is that she might be a little undercooked after such comfortable wins. Especially when, in Linette, she meets a player who was very good-looking herself. Expect a close encounter with Linette’s court coverage possibly pulling enough errors from Samsonova’s racquet to earn the Pole a semi-final spot.

Prediction: Linette in 3
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Sofia Kenin vs Bernarda Pera

Head to head: first date

It’s too early to call this a renaissance for Sofia Kenin, but it has nonetheless been an encouraging week for the former world No. 4. Kenin started her week in Cleveland with a 6-3, 6-4 win on big server Dalayna Hewitt and built on that result by defeating fifth seed Irina-Camelia Begu in a commanding second-round performance. Her compatriot Bernarda Pera stands between her and a place in the quarterfinals.

The 27-year-old is having a very good week herself, claiming victories over Japan’s Ezi Hozumi and top seed Barbora Krejcikova, both in comprehensive fashion. However, if Kenin can play her best tennis then she will surely have too much for Pera. The problem for Kenin is that she hasn’t played her best tennis in a very long time. Pera has played so much more consistently than Kenin and expects to be the one to reach the last four.

Prediction: Pera in 3

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