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WTA Match Day January 10, 2017

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  • Best Tennis. This match features players with the highest (i.e, lowest numerical) combined WTA rank. For example, #1 Angelique Kerber vs. #2 Serena Williams would have a combined rank of 3, which would obviously be the highest combined rank possible. In cases of a tie (e.g., #1 vs. #4 and #2 vs. #3), the match with the smallest difference in rankings will be previewed, as this match (on paper) should be closer.
  • Points Defender. This match features the players with the most amount of ranking points to defend based on the live rankings provided by live-tennis.eu. In cases where this match has already been previewed under "Best Tennis," the match with the next highest amount of points to defend will be previewed.
  • Eye Catcher. This match is simply one that caught my attention based on player histories, style of play, relative importance, or any other factors, and which does not fit into either of the other categories. If there's another match that caught your attention, please feel free to provide your own preview below.


WTA Match Day January 10, 2017

Best Tennis: #1 Angelique Kerber vs. #26 Daria Kasatkina (Sydney R16)
Following her early exit in Brisbane, Kerber could really use some more matches under her belt before the Australian Open next week. Kasatkina, just 19 years old, has risen quickly through the rankings over the past two years. Interestingly, she reached the third round at four consecutive majors prior to her first round exit last fall at the US Open. Despite her top 30 ranking, Kasatkina only reached one semifinal in 2016 (St. Petersburg.

H2H: Kerber leads 1-0, winning last year 6-2 6-2 in Montreal.
Prediction: Kerber in 2.

Points Defender: #9 Svetlana Kuznetsova vs. #27 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (Sydney R16)
Kuznetsova is defending 370 points following her title in Sydney last year. Although she will not fall lower than #10 after this week (depending on Johanna Konta’s results), this is still a large chunk of points that will need to be made up somewhere if she hopes to remain in the top 10. She faces her countrywoman, Pavlyuchenkova, who is coming off an impressive demolition of Sam Stosur in the first round. “Pavs” has been in and around the top 30 for what seems like forever, but she is remarkably still only 25 years old. Could 2017 be the year she finally breaks through?

H2H: Kuznetsova leads 5-1 and won their last meeting at the 2016 French Open 6-1 6-4.
Prediction: Pavlyuchenkova in 3.

Eye Catcher: #208 Lizette Cabrera vs. #340 Jana Fett (Hobart R16)
Here is a match with a combined ranking of 548, yet one of these players will reach a WTA quarterfinal. Say what you will about the quality of the Hobart draw this year, but it still means $5,900 and 60 ranking points for the winner of this match, which has huge implications for players in this ranking neighborhood. Fett would jump nearly 40 places with a win, while Carbrera would jump another 13 to a new career high.

H2H: 1-1. Cabrera won their most recent match at 2016 Toyota (ITF) 7-6 6-1.
Prediction: Having never seen either of these young women play, I’m in the dark on this one. Fett had an impressive win over FO champion Schiavone in round 1. Fett in 3.

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Re: WTA Match Day January 10, 2017

I like this idea, brings something new to GM. I hope you can keep this up, I'll do my best to support.

Not much to say about the Kerber match, she is gonna dump on that girl. Daria can't handle that.

If you get a chance, try to watch Cabrera. I had lumped her in with all of the other bad Australian girls (sorry) but after seeing her play against Ozaki in one of the Aussie ITFs last year I have become a fan. Very good ballstriker who likes to play aggressive. Her win over Doi is way more impressive than beating 2017 Schiavone. Fett is pretty local.

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As usual, interesting reading.

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H2H: Kerber leads 1-0, winning last year 6-2 6-2 in Montreal.
Prediction: Kerber in 2.
You're more confident than I am

I have a feeling Kerber will tank this match in order to rest for Melbourne. If not I doubt she commits fully, so I think this will be a messy 3 sets no matter who wins.
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As usual, interesting reading.



You're more confident than I am

I have a feeling Kerber will tank this match in order to rest for Melbourne. If not I doubt she commits fully, so I think this will be a messy 3 sets no matter who wins.
You could be right, but I think Kerber knows she needs some more prep since she got a bye in the 1st round. Kasatkina did take Muguruza to a 3rd set tiebreaker last week, if I'm not mistaken.
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I like this idea, brings something new to GM. I hope you can keep this up, I'll do my best to support.

Not much to say about the Kerber match, she is gonna dump on that girl. Daria can't handle that.

If you get a chance, try to watch Cabrera. I had lumped her in with all of the other bad Australian girls (sorry) but after seeing her play against Ozaki in one of the Aussie ITFs last year I have become a fan. Very good ballstriker who likes to play aggressive. Her win over Doi is way more impressive than beating 2017 Schiavone. Fett is pretty local.

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I'd like to see her play. Unfortunately, I believe it will be about 4:00 AM in Virginia when the match is on.
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Fett needs to lose to get to AO qualies while Cabrera has MD WC there, very important detail missed out in your prediction.
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I like this idea, brings something new to GM. I hope you can keep this up, I'll do my best to support.

Not much to say about the Kerber match, she is gonna dump on that girl. Daria can't handle that.

If you get a chance, try to watch Cabrera. I had lumped her in with all of the other bad Australian girls (sorry) but after seeing her play against Ozaki in one of the Aussie ITFs last year I have become a fan. Very good ballstriker who likes to play aggressive. Her win over Doi is way more impressive than beating 2017 Schiavone. Fett is pretty local.

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Also agreed, really interesting thread. Hopefully people get interested.

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Nice read again

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Re: WTA Match Day January 10, 2017

Really great idea.
It'd be a pleasure if you could keep this up. I'll be a supporter.

Nice read but I give Cabrera the edge if she wins the 1st set since Fett might wanna play AO Q's.
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Re: WTA Match Day January 10, 2017

WTA Match Day January 10, 2017

Best Tennis: #1 Angelique Kerber vs. #26 Daria Kasatkina (Sydney R16)

A test match for the 2 players a week before the beginning of the first Slam of the year.

Daria, who remained on 2 defeats by having a match point against top 10 players, Pliskova in Wuhan and the last one last week against Muguruza in Brisbane, will have a new opportunity to end this pattern against top 10 players and start the the AO with this additional confidence that lacks her on big stage.

Kerber as have you said could use some matches Before defending her Australian Open's title.

The two players are part of the best returner of the tour so one of the keys to the match will be the ability to serve well and Kasatkina so far has shown difficulties under pressure.The other key points will be the ability to be aggressive on important points and there also benefit to Kerber for the moment.
We had seen this during their previous meeting and it will be interesting to see if Kasatkina will have learned the lesson and will finally be able to step up.

Eye Catcher: #6 Dominika Cibulkova vs. #49 Eugenie Bouchard

Bouchard just won her first match since september against Zhang.We never know what to expect with her, lately it was mostly the worst on and off court.

Cibulkova has big expectation after her season's end where she was finalist at Wuhan then won Linz and the YEC.
Despite her lost against Cornet , who won 3 of the 4 last meeting,she did a decent season's start winning against Zhang and Siegemund.
The 2 players like to dictate the point and stay on the baseline or inside so the first stroke (Serve/return) will be very important.

Bouchard leads 3-1 and on their last meeting, a peaking Bouchard eviscerated Pome 6-2 6-0 .
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Fett needs to lose to get to AO qualies while Cabrera has MD WC there, very important detail missed out in your prediction.
I was not aware of that. It is a very important detail.
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WTA Match Day January 10, 2017

Best Tennis: #1 Angelique Kerber vs. #26 Daria Kasatkina (Sydney R16)

A test match for the 2 players a week before the beginning of the first Slam of the year.

Daria, who remained on 2 defeats by having a match point against top 10 players, Pliskova in Wuhan and the last one last week against Muguruza in Brisbane, will have a new opportunity to end this pattern against top 10 players and start the the AO with this additional confidence that lacks her on big stage.

Kerber as have you said could use some matches Before defending her Australian Open's title.

The two players are part of the best returner of the tour so one of the keys to the match will be the ability to serve well and Kasatkina so far has shown difficulties under pressure.The other key points will be the ability to be aggressive on important points and there also benefit to Kerber for the moment.
We had seen this during their previous meeting and it will be interesting to see if Kasatkina will have learned the lesson and will finally be able to step up.

Eye Catcher: #6 Dominika Cibulkova vs. #49 Eugenie Bouchard

Bouchard just won her first match since september against Zhang.We never know what to expect with her, lately it was mostly the worst on and off court.

Cibulkova has big expectation after her season's end where she was finalist at Wuhan then won Linz and the YEC.
Despite her lost against Cornet , who won 3 of the 4 last meeting,she did a decent season's start winning against Zhang and Siegemund.
The 2 players like to dictate the point and stay on the baseline or inside so the first stroke (Serve/return) will be very important.

Bouchard leads 3-1 and on their last meeting, a peaking Bouchard eviscerated Pome 6-2 6-0 .
Great match previews! I love the idea of readers posting alternate previews and predictions.
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Her win over Doi is way more impressive than beating 2017 Schiavone. Fett is pretty local.
This local player is totally outhiting Cabrera who is mostly moonballing.
Fett had no problems hitting winners of those moonballs.
If she had better second serve she would win this match far easier.

Seems like Jana opted to stay in Hobart.
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