This week there are two WTA tournaments going on, a Premier level event on the clay in Charleston, USA and an International level event on the hard courts in Monterrey, Mexico. Although Charleston is a higher level tournament with a stronger field I will be focusing on Monterrey this week because the draw looks like there could be a lot of interesting and high quality matches. I will still be covering both tournaments though but I will only be doing a draw preview for Monterrey.
Angelique Kerber (1) v Francesca Schiavone (wc)
Elitsa Kostova v Mandy Minella
Heather Watson v Nina Stojanovic
Denisa Allertova v Ekaterina Makarova (6)
I suspect Angelique Kerber has chosen to play here instead of Charleston, where she is defending semifinal points and is a former champion, because she is looking to win some matches and get her confidence up. If that is why she chose to play here she got the draw to do it as I don’t see anyone that could beat her in this section except her first round opponent, Schiavone, if the Italian has a good day. Watson is defending champion but with the possibility of having Makarova/Allertova and Kerber back to back I can’t see her making it past the quarterfinals. Makarova could also challenge Kerber but I thing she is a bit to inconstant to even make it to the quarterfinals. Angelique Kerber will advance to the semifinals through this section with a quarterfinal win over Heather Watson.
Carla Saurez Navarro (4) v Alison Van Uytvanck
Sara Soribbes Tormo v Eugenie Bouchard
Donna Vekic v Patricia Maria Tig
Irina Khromacheva v Alize Cornet (7)
This section has a couple of players that all have the game and potential to do well but it all comes down to how they’re feeling this week. Saurez Navarro has been struggling with a back injury so far this season but if she’s healthy she could do some damage. Bouchard is almost unbeatable when she’s on but she hasn’t really been on since 2014 but if by some miracle her game comes together, she could win the tournament. Both Vekic and Tig can also play very well on their day and Cornet is also almost unbeatable when she plays very well. Alize Cornet will reach the semifinals with a win over Eugenie Bouchard in the quarterfinals.
Christina McHale (8) v Qualifier
Nao Hibino v Julia Boserup
Madison Brengle v Qualifier
Renata Zarazua (wc) v Caroline Garcia (3)
There is only one name that is really sticking out at me when I look at this section, Caroline Garcia. She has been playing quite well recently despite the early Miami loss and she opens against a player ranked outside the top 300. McHale hasn’t performed very well recently and I don’t see anyone else that would be able to defeat Garcia. Hibino could challenge her but I could see Garcia just making her move around that court and not giving her a chance to hit winners. Caroline Garcia will reach the semifinals with a victory over Christina McHale in the quarterfinals.
Timea Babos (5) v Qualifier
Catherine Bellis v Naomi Broady
Qualifier v Jana Cepelova
Tatjana Maria v Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (2)
This is a section full of big hitters and any of them could come out of this section if they play their peak tennis. Babos hasn’t had the greatest start to the season despite winning a title in her home country. Bellis and Broady both have games where they go for broke but if they’re having a bad day they can just hit way to many unforced errors and lose. Pavlyuchenkova has had an ultimate start the year and she’s captured quite a few wins over players you wouldn’t expect her to be beating but I see her getting a bit fatigued in Monterrey after all the matches she has played and won. I have a feeling Babos will take advantage of this good draw and Timea Babos will reach the semifinals with a win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
Alize Cornet defeats Angelique Kerber
Timea Babos defeats Caroline Garcia
Timea Babos defeats Alize Cornet