We’re up to Day 4 of the WTA Yarra Valley Classic on Wednesday, and the action is heating up. We should see plenty of blockbuster matches, including a battle between two mothers. Serena and Pironkova met in a great battle at the US Open last year, and expect another one here. We’re predicting that match as well as the rest of the day’s action.
WTA Yarra Valley Classic Day 4 Predictions
Sofia Kenin vs Jessica Pegula
Kenin won the Australian Open last year, as part of an incredibly season on the whole. Somehow, despite a Grand Slam title, another final, and winning WTA Player of the Year, Kenin is never treated as a prohibitive favorite in her matchups. Pegula plays a strong counterpunching game and never backs down, but Kenin works the court so much better. Expect the younger American to win easily.
Prediction: Kenin in 2
Shelby Rogers vs Petra Martic
Martic made an incredible run at the 2019 French Open, but she hasn’t quite been able to reach those heights again since. Rogers has the ability to take out just about anyone on hard courts, and don’t be shocked if she can hit past Martic here. It’s an upset, but not a huge one.
Prediction: Rogers in 3
Garbine Muguruza vs Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
Muguruza is one of the most talented women on tour, but somehow she’s been up-and-down since her 2015 breakthrough and 2016 domination at the Majors. Pavlyuchenkova can hang with the top players on her best day, but this match will sit firmly on the Spaniard’s racket. If Muguruza plays within herself and stays solid, she’ll win. Unfortunately for her, that’s no longer the guarantee that it should be.
Prediction: Muguruza in 3
Serena Williams vs Tsvetana Pironkova
This pair met in an incredible battle at the US Open. Here’s the long-and-short of this matchup: Serena is the better player. She hits the ball harder and her movement keeps her in the ascendancy for too long. If her level drips, Pironkova can capitalize. That was the trend of their US Open match as well–when Serena wasn’t playing her A-game at the beginning, Pironkova was winning the points. After that, Serena took over.
It’s five months since then, and Pironkova has done nothing but improve. Serena, meanwhile, is the same as she ever was. But with the Australian Open starting in a week and Serena no longer as young as she once was, I’m not sure how worth it she’ll see it to dig deep and bring her top level if she starts out slow.
Prediction: Pironkova in 2
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