The WTA Tour makes one of its 1st grass court stops of the year in Netherlands for the Ricoh Open.
Players to watch out
- Belinda Bencic
- Jelena Jankovic
- Eugenie Bouchard
They will be the most exciting players for this upcoming week but will have to watch for some new talents.
The top seeded player is Belinda. The Swiss teen is on a comeback after missing action for 2 months. She had a back injury but is now ready to go.
Also in 1st quarter is Anna-Lena Friedsam, Viktorija Golubic & Varvara Lepchenko. Aged 19, the swiss teen lacks the preparation that raises some eyebrows. Kirsten Flipkens is also there and can create loads of troubles for Golubic or Friedsam in the 2nd round.
Prediction: Lepchenko over Flipkens in the QF’s.
Kristina Mladenovic is seeded 3rd this week. Her recent performance against the world number 1, Serena Williams was actually impressive.
The Frenchwoman has done a world of good to herself on grass and will face some in-form players here. She needs her serve to work if she wants to go past the QF’s.
She is in a tough place with others like Yaroslava Shvedova, Kiki Bertens, Mirjana Lucic-Baroni & Eugenie Bouchard. If she plays good tennis, we see her play QF against Bouchard.
Prediction: Mladenovic over Bouchard in the quarterfinals.
At the Rocoh Open, Jelena Ostapenko is the 4th seed. She suffered a disappointing 1st round loss at Roland Garros but came back good on the grass courts in the past. Also, she has won the junior Wimbledon title in 2014 and many grass court titles too. She must stay in a positive mindset.
She will be joined by Laura Siegemund & Madison Brengle. These 2 are the only players in the 3rd quarter who are of threat to Latvian. They take on each other in the opening round and we see them meet Ostapenko in the QF’s.
Prediction: Ostapenko over Brengle in the QF’s.
Jelena Jankovic is still to win a singles match since March at the Indian Wells. She has struggled for form owing to an injury but we expect her to get some matches under her belt this week. She is in lower half of the draw as 2nd seed.
She faces just 1 tough competition in CoCo Vandeweghe and she can be through to the QF’s. The deciding factor will be who serves better.
Prediction: Vandeweghe over Jankovic in the QF’s.
Our Semifinal predictions
Mladenovic beats Lepchenko while Vandeweghe beats Ostapenko.
Vandeweghe beats Mladenovic in finals for the American’s 2nd career WTA title & her 2nd title in the Netherlands in 3 years.
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