by Master Ace
Na Li vs Dominika Cibulkova – This is a rematch of the Australian Open final where their first set was a tightly contested affair before Li took the tiebreak and ran away with the second to win her 2nd Slam. Since that match, Li has not been playing well losing to Cetkovska in Doha and not playing her A game at Indian Wells. Meanwhile, after a 4 match losing streak, Cibulkova won her 4th career title at Acapulco defeating Christina McHale and has continued her good play capped off by defeating Petra Kvitova in two easier than expected sets.
Prediction : Dominika Cibulkova
Flavia Pennetta vs Sloane Stephens – Pennetta is continuing her good play in the big events making the semifinals at United States Open, quarterfinals at Australian Open and now the quarterfinals at Indian Wells. Since making the quarterfinals at Wimbledon, Stephens has not made a deep run in a tournament until this week and in an impressive fashion by winning all of her matches in straight sets.
Prediction : Sloane Stephens
Simona Halep vs Casey Dellacqua – Halep won the battle of the future champions in three sets over Eugenie Bouchard. Halep has not played her best tennis but when the going gets tough, Halep makes the crucial plays. Dellacqua is making another impressive run and this one is coming after she had to qualify for the main draw. Earlier this year, she made the 4th round at Australian Open after being given a wildcard.
Prediction : Simona Halep
Jelena Jankovic vs Agnieszka Radwanska – Jankovic is playing well again in the desert by winning all matches in straight sets capped off by a comprehensive display against Caroline Wozniacki breaking a 5 match losing streak against her. Radwanska had a tougher match than expected against Alize Cornet but managed to win in striaght sets like her other two matches with one being a double bagel against Annika Beck
Prediction : Jelena Jankovic
Did I mention doubles? Yes, I did as there are 4 blockbuster matchups with one of them being played yesterday.
Hsieh/Peng vs Barty/Dellacqua – Hsieh/Peng
Kuznetsova/Stosur vs Date-Krumm/Zahlavova Strycova – Kuznetsova/Stosur
Black/Mirza vs Makarova/Vesnina – Black/Mirza(my pick to win the title when draw was made)
Hradecka/Zheng won their match in a Super Tie Break against Peschke/Stebotnik