16 Oct 2022; San Diego, California, USA; Poland’s Iga Swiatek hits Croatia’s Donna Vekic during the San Diego Open Final at Barnes Tennis Center. Mandatory Credit: Ray Acevedo-USA TODAY Sports.
With more drama each day of the WTA Montreal Masters, day four should continue the trend with some incredibly exciting matches to play out. Two recent Grand Slam champions Iga Swiatek and Marketa Vondrousova are the two players scheduled to enter the field. We also have a separate LWOT with four rounds of 16 teams, including Elena Rybakina vs. Sloane Stephens. Who do you think will reach the quarterfinals?
WTA Montreal Day 4 Prediction
Daniel Collins vs Leylah Fernandez
Face to face: first meeting
It’s refreshing to see these former Grand Slam finalists play so well in tennis. Fernandez has been in trouble since the 2021 US Open final, while Collins has been in trouble since runner-up at the 2022 Australian Open. Fernandez, the Canadian host, played well in the first two rounds. But it’s impossible not to support Collins. Her form against Elina Svitolina and Maria Sakkari has been excellent, losing only 10 games in 4 sets. Fernandez has the ability to handle pressure with her style. But she will be helpless if the American strikes as hard as she used to be.
Prediction: Collins in 2
Jessica Pegula vs Jasmine Paolini
Head to Head: Pecula 4-0 Paulini
Paulini reached the third round after Madison. Keyes withdrew from injury. The latest Palermo finalist is a tough and strong contender. But never made it past the third round of the Masters 1000. It’s going to be an incredible struggle against fourth-seeded Pegula, likely the most consistent on tour. That’s probably why she sometimes has trouble getting into gear later in the big tournaments. But her consistency made her one of the least vulnerable to defeat in the first round. The Italian has never won in four previous meetings, Pegula reached the quarterfinals of the WTA Montreal Masters in straight sets.
Prophecy: Pegula in 2
Coco Gauff vs Marketa Vondrousova
Head to head Goff 1-0 Vondrusova
Vondrouova deserves her high level of credit in the first two rounds. Although Wimbledon is just a few weeks away. But it’s very common for performance deterioration to occur in tournaments after a Grand Slam win. The Wimbledon champion isn’t letting that happen, however, Gauff tends to have the advantage on hard courts. This is partly due to the great running of the Americans. which saw her win in Washington last week. and destroy Katie Bolter at her opening match in Montreal. but also by matching playing styles. Goff has one of the best backhands in tennis to tackle Vondrousova’s heavy topspin forehands and is one of the best athletes at chasing the Czech’s signature dropshots.
On clay, Vondrousova could at least attempt to beat Gauff with spin or exploit her weaknesses on grass. On a difficult pitch, though, the 19-year-old was clearly a favorite.
Prediction: Gough in 2
Iga Swiatek vs Karolina Mushowa
Head to head Sviatek 1-1 Mushowa
This is the third round that most neutral players need when drawing. It was a repeat of June’s French Open final where Swiatek won in three sets. Muchova would be encouraged by two good performances in the first two rounds. Match conditions against Karolina Pliskova, despite winning in straight sets.
Musovova has adaptable games. And she will have to play differently than she played on clay in Paris. The drop shots and heavy topspin that the Czechs tend to use are unlikely to work on the hard courts of Canada against fast players like Swiatek. this week And regularly coming into the net after a good groundstroke can be an important strategy Swiatek should use in a balanced manner. But a tight match or even a win for Musova is no surprise.
Prediction: Swiatek in 2
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