WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open Quarterfinal Predictions Including Madison Keys vs Angelique Kerber

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We arrive in the quarterfinals of the 2019 WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open with two Japanese women remaining in the tournament. Madison Keys will face Angelique Kerber in an exciting matchup between attack and defense.

WTA Toray Pan Pacific Open Quarterfinal Predictions

Misaki Doi vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova

Head-to-head: Doi 1-0

It’s been an exceptional run for the 28-year old Japanese. She finished runner-up last week in Hiroshima to Nao Hibino and is now in the quarterfinals of the Toray Pan Pacific Open with great wins over Donna Vekic and Kristina Mladenovic. Would it be a surprise at this point if she was to go a step further? Not really. However, it’s hard not to expect her to get vastly overpowered by Pavlyuchenkova. The Russian looked supreme in wins over Yastremska and Bertens and should cruise to the semifinals.
Prediction: Pavlyuchenkova in 2

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Camila Giorgi vs Elise Mertens

Head-to-head: First meeting

Both ladies have been very convincing thus far. Mertens has pulled through Whitney Osuigwe and Su-Wei Hsieh, while Giorgi beat Xinyun Han and absolutely demolished Sloane Stephens. Mertens is a very clean ball-striker, but she lacks the offensive arsenal. Giorgi has been playing extremely well lately and if she can repeat her performance against Stephens, she should be able to outhit the Belgian.
Prediction: Giorgi in 3

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Naomi Osaka vs Yulia Putintseva

Head-to-head: Putintseva 3-0

Osaka’s second-round performance against Tomova did little to convince that she can turn around her head-to-head with Putinsteva. The Kazakh is a great runner and an excellent counterpuncher. The Japanese couldn’t handle her game twice this season already (Birmingham and Wimbledon) and hasn’t really improved her form since. Although Osaka should have a better chance on a hard court than on grass, Putinsteva has her number.
Prediction: Putintseva in 3

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Madison Keys vs Angelique Kerber

Head-to-head: Kerber 8-2

The head-to-head discrepancy is quite natural as the German is a fantastic counterpuncher and Keys relies mostly on first-strike tennis. This should be a great chance for the American to get a win over her nemesis. Kerber hasn’t been in her best form lately and this might make all the difference. Keys won the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati and has been absolutely brilliant since. This isn’t a good matchup for the American, but she’s very high on confidence now and should find a way.
Prediction: Keys in 3

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  1. It’d be quite a nice surprise to see Osaka win the 2019 Toray Pan Pacific Open championship title especially since she’s been dealing with a slumping of sorts in her overall level of play throughout the better part of this current year and it’s showing moreso often than not in the subsequent score line at the end of tennis matches where there’s simply no consistency in her sporadically erratic up and down w/l record…. kinda similar to the very same way in which a rollercoaster ride operates..

    1. I can’t see any other reason than just frustrating her by getting a ton of balls back. Two of these wins came this year on grass in a three-week-long period, so today’s match should tell us more about the matchup.

  2. Madison Keys has the skills and the talent to beat anyone but her mental resilience in finishing off a “weak” opponent is suspect. Kerber has been having a loss of confidence recently and if Keys cannot beat her this time (her best chance to do so) it says a lot about Keys’s psychological approach to matches.

    1. Agreed. That was quite a weird retirement from Keys today, took multiple medical timeouts earlier I think for some blisters?

  3. Keys might end up being “one of the best players never to win a Grand Slam” though she might win one late in her career as Wozniacki did. With the rise of younger players such as Andreescu and Gauff, the window of opportunity for Keys is narrowing. It will be a sad for her obvious potential not to be realized.

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