The WTA Tour stays in Ohio for a second week, this time in Cleveland, and Day 2 features a ton of matches after a rainy opening day. As always, we here at LWOT will share our thoughts on all the matches with you. Who do you think will win?
WTA Cleveland Day 2 Predictions
Magda Linette vs Yulia Putintseva
It always baffles me that Putintseva is so successful. She doesn’t excel at anything, but she is very solid and adept at utilizing the whole court to frustrate her opponents. Linette might have more power, but she is prone to getting frustrated, and I expect Putintseva to take advantage.
Prediction: Putintseva in 2
Shuai Zhang vs Katerina Siniakova
Siniakova hasn’t picked up a good win on tour in over a month, and Zhang is playing solid tennis right now. The Czech certainly has the game and can turn things around at any moment, but I need to see her actually play well before I can trust her to win matches. The Chinese player is more consistent right now, and that’s all that matters.
Prediction: Zhang in 2
Eri Hozumi vs Bernarda Pera
Hozumi is basically unknown on the singles circuit, but she is an accomplished doubles player who played really well in her two qualifying matches. Pera could lose this match if she overlooks her opponent. I wouldn’t expect it, at all, though.
Prediction: Pera in 2
Dalayna Hewitt vs Sofia Kenin
Hewitt grew up in the Cleveland area. She was a promising junior and gave up her potential college career to sign with IMG four years ago. However, she has played barely any professional matches since then, though she slightly picked up the pace within the last year. That’s all about to change, though. The Ohio native looked strong in qualifying. She has a powerful game and clearly loves these courts. Sofia Kenin, meanwhile, is listless and struggling right now. This is absolutely prime for a massive upset.
Prediction: Hewitt in 2
Barbora Krejcikova vs Anastasia Potapova
Krejcikova came out of nowhere last year, dominating the tour’s biggest events. Since then she’s struggled to find her elite level. Potapova is a solid player in her own right, and she can upset the 2021 French Open champion if she’s playing well. This should be a fun match.
Prediction: Krejcikova in 3
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