The Ladies Championships in Lausanne is fast approaching its finish line. Only eight women remain in contention at WTA Lausanne as we enter the weekend. Who will advance to the semis?
WTA Lausanne Quarterfinal Predictions
Tamara Korpatsch vs Jil Teichmann
Head to Head: Korpatsch 2-1 Teichmann
I’m aware I’ve sent Korpatsch packing against both Eugenie Bouchard and Anastasia Potapova, only to be proved wrong. The last straight sets win by the German dates back to early May. Precisely a week earlier, Korpatsch had been thrashed by Teichmann 6-2 6-1 in the Prague quarter finals.
The 24-year-old handily won their other two encounters (6-3 6-0, 6-1 6-1), all on terre battue, which took place in 2017 and 2016 respectively. Based on how their previous meetings unfolded, a comeback is unlikely to happen. Will the home crowd push Teichmann to a fast start? Keep in mind that, according to target=”_blank”Tennis Abstract, Korpatsch has never won a set in her three career tour level quarters.
Prediction: Teichmann in 2
Natalia Vikhlyantseva vs Alize Cornet
Head to Head: Vikhlyantseva 1-1 Cornet
These two split two hard-fought three setters. The winner of the opening set ended up losing the match on both occasions. Should we brace ourselves for a closely contested duel? Perhaps, although their career winning percentages suggest that clay is Cornet’s best and Vikhlyantseva’s worst surface. While neither player has beaten any star in Lausanne, the defending champion has been more convincing so far.
Prediction: Cornet in 2
Fiona Ferro vs Samantha Stosur
Head to Head: first meeting
Following a shaky outing against No. 160 Barbara Haas, Stosur stepped up her game in her win versus Allie Kiick. The Australian prevailed 6-3 7-5 after saving a set point in the second. Winning 64% of the second serve return points was key for the 35-year-old, who is hoping to return to the WTA top 100. Meanwhile, Ferro pulled off a semi miraculous comeback from a 6-1 5-2 hole against Mihaela Buzarnescu, eventually triumphing 1-6 7-6 7-5. Back in her heyday, Stosur would thump Ferro, but her 2019 version is far from great. Ferro has only reached one tour level semifinal…in Lugano (Switzerland). Will the second one come on Swiss soil too? Not this week.
Prediction: Stosur in 3
Xinyun Han vs Bernarda Pera
Head to Head: first meeting
Han, who originally lost in qualifying, has made the most of her lucky loser status. The Chinese defeated Varvara Gracheva and Liudmilla Samsonova without dropping a set. However, Pera is on a different level. The world No. 85 is, per Tennis Abstract’s clay-specific ELO Ratings, the 35th best player on dirt. Consequently, she had little trouble beating Giulia Gatto and Caroline Garcia in Lausanne. Barring a terrible day at the office, Pera should advance to the penultimate round.
Prediction: Pera in 2
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