On Day 4 at the WTA Volvo Car Open in Charleston, sixteen women will compete for the quarterfinal spots. Who will move on to the final eight at this WTA 500 event? We predict all eight of the day’s matches–four in this article, and four in a second article.
WTA Charleston Day 4 Predictions
Kurumi Nara vs Veronika Kudermetova
Nara has done extremely well to get this far. Her form has fallen off severely since her rapid rise seven years ago, and she’s working her way up again. This result will be a good development for the Japanese former World #32, but she just isn’t playing well enough right now to keep up with Kudermetova.
Prediction: Kudermetova in 2
Danka Kovinic vs Petra Kvitova
No disrespect at all to Kovinic here. The Montenegrin is a former Top 50 player and looks solid here. Unfortunately for her, that’s nowhere near good enough to hang with Petra Kvitova. The two-time Wimbledon champion is still one of the best players in the game, and she’s currently playing well. The Czech will advance.
Prediction: Kvitova in 2
Paula Badosa vs Caty McNally
This tournament could go down as the one that really launches McNally’s singles career. She got a little lucky in facing an Elena Rybakina who wasn’t at 100% (though McNally played really well), and then battled her way past Anastasija Sevastova in the second round. Badosa has been playing fine tennis herself, and she’s probably playing better than McNally at the moment, but she’s looked vulnerable and McNally looks in full form to take advantage.
Prediction: McNally in 3
Sloane Stephens vs Ajla Tomljanovic
I’ll repeat what I said about Stephens on Day 2: if she plays well, she can beat anyone in the world. She’s just difficult to predict because she hasn’t often been playing well recently–for a few years now. Luckily for fans of the American, though, she has looked great so far this week. It’s always tough to expect her form to continue, but if she keeps this level up, she’ll win this match easily.
Prediction: Stephens in 2
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