WTA Adelaide International Day 3 Predictions Including Belinda Bencic vs Julia Goerges

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After a thrilling start to the Adelaide International, day three will see the line-up for the quarterfinals  completed, with a number of star names set to battle for a spot in the last eight. But who will advance and who will fall to defeat in the South Australian capital?

Adelaide International Day Three Predictions

Donna Vekic vs Maria Sakkari

Head-to-head: Vekic 3-2 Sakkari

This should be an entertaining clash between two high-quality players. Donna Vekic enjoyed a career-best 2019 season, highlighted by a run to the US Open quarterfinals, and after a disappointing first-round loss at the Brisbane International to Yulia Putintseva, she bounced back at the Adelaide International by beating Anastasija Sevastova, 4-6 6-1 6-3. That marked her first win over the Latvian in six attempts.

Maria Sakkari, meanwhile, also lost narrowly in the first round in Brisbane, falling to third seed and eventual semifinalist Naomi Osaka. But she was handed a slightly less daunting draw in Adelaide after her original opponent Kiki Bertens withdrew, leaving her to face Vitalia Diatchenko, who she dispatched in straight-sets. But on paper, there is little to split her and Vekic, suggesting that a close contest could be in the offing at the Adelaide International.

Interestingly, although neither player has been able to dominate this rivalry, the only one of their five previous matches to have gone the distance was their first. But they have not met since 2018 and in the intervening period it is arguably Vekic who has undergone the greater improvement. She should also be full of confidence after rallying past an opponent who had previously given her real trouble. Expect that confidence to fire her into the quarterfinals.

Prediction: Vekic in 3
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Angelique Kerber vs Dayana Yastremska

Head-to-head: first meeting

After a difficult 2019 campaign, Angelique Kerber scored a much-needed win against Wang Qiang in her Adelaide opener, beating the Chinese at a canter, 6-1 6-3. That was surely particularly welcome after the disappointment of her 6-7 6-7 defeat at the hands of Samantha Stosur in the first round in Brisbane. But she may be in for a rather more difficult day up against Ukrainian young gun Dayana Yastremska, who has already broken the world’s top 25 aged just 19.

Yastremska enjoyed a memorable 2019 and she has now added the highly regarded Sascha Bajin to her team for 2020. Although she lost her opening match of the year in Brisbane, that appointment already looked to be paying dividends in her composed 7-5 6-3 win over lucky loser Timea Babos. The Hungarian can be a tricky opponent, but Yastremska used her power to keep Babos pinned back behind the baseline and did not face a single break point as a result.

But her undoing can at times be a lack of patience and, unlike Babos, Kerber has the defensive skills to frustrate Yastremska. There are not many more adept at defending out of the corners than Kerber, particularly off the forehand side. That is something Yastremska will need to guard against carefully.  But if the Ukrainian can maintain good court position and consistent depth off the ground, she should just have enough to edge out Kerber.

Prediction: Yastremska in 3
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Danielle Collins vs Sofia Kenin

Head-to-head: Collins 2-0 Kenin

Sofia Kenin made a fine start to her Adelaide International campaign, hammering the Swiss qualifier Viktorija Golubic 6-4 6-0. But she may be in for a sterner test up against her countrywoman Danielle Collins, who last year reached the semifinals at the Australian Open and who has beaten Kenin in both of their previous meetings. Collins arrives into this match in good form, having dismissed Aliaksandra Sasnovich 6-3 6-2 in her Adelaide International opener.

But although Collins has beaten Kenin comfortably in both their previous meetings, both matches came in 2017. Since then, Kenin has soared up the rankings, establishing herself as one of the best young players in the women’s game. She does not possess a standout weapon, but her impressive tactical awareness and mental application make her very hard to beat. Expect Collins to discover just that, to her cost.

Prediction: Kenin in 3
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Belinda Bencic vs Julia Goerges

Head-to-head: Bencic 2-2 Goerges

After a disappointing start to her year in Shenzhen, where she lost from a set up in the first round as the top seed, Belinda Bencic rebounded in impressive fashion to beat former-world #10 Daria Kasatkina, 6-4 6-4, in the first round at the Adelaide International. Her next test will come in the form of Julia Goerges, another former resident of the world’s top ten. The German also made a fine start to her Adelaide International campaign, beating Australia’s Priscilla Hon 7-6 6-3.

She has also enjoyed success against Bencic in the past in Australian conditions, beating the Swiss 6-1 6-2 at Melbourne Park, albeit in 2015. In their most recent meeting, which came last season in Toronto, Goerges fell to a three-set defeat, but it was a match in which she caused Bencic real problems. Another close contest looks likely as a result. But Bencic does move and return well, which should go someway to blunting Goerges’ efforts to impose herself.

Prediction: Bencic in 2

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