A week before the US Open and we’re in Granby for one of the final WTA events before the final Major of the year. Headlined by Top 10 player Daria Kastatkina, who’s a heavy favorite to win the title and continue her great year–can anyone stop the Russian here?
WTA Granby Day 2 Predictions
Jamiee Fourlis vs Marina Stakusic
To say the qualifying draw in Granby was very weak would be an understatement but that’s not to take anything away from the 17-year-old Stakusic, ranked 636 in the world, making the main draw. On the other side of the net despite being ranked inside the world’s Top 150, Jaimee Fourlis has not won a match at this level for over three years which is astonishing. Keeping all that in mind however, the 22 year old is still far more experienced and is coming off a final just a few weeks ago in an ITF event. This on paper should be too much of a jump for the teenage Canadian but she could put up a better fight than expected.
Prediction: Fourlis in 3
Kaja Juvan vs Cadence Brace
It’s not every day you start an event off against a player ranked outside the top 700 but that’s what Juvan faces. Just like Stakusic, Brace is another Canadian who’s made the most of a very weak qualifying draw beating a player ranked 362 in the world and another 820. Juvan can be frustrating and has lost five of her last seven matches but this is far too much of an ask for Brace. If anything, this is a very good week for the Slovenian to turn her form around heading into New York.
Prediction: Juvan in 2
Rebecca Marino vs Victoria Mboko
Another low ranked Canadian and this time she’s just 15 and a wild card instead of a qualifier! Coming off a semifinal in the girls’ singles at Wimbledon and an W25 ITF win a month ago, who knows what the future holds for Mboko. For now, however, Marino being over twice her age and ranked just outside the top 100 and seen and done it all before. Too much experience and variety from the older Canadian will prove far too much of a learning experience this early on in Mboko’s career.
Prediction: Marino in 2
Oceane Dodin vs Tereza Martincova
Head-to-head: Martincova 1-0
Believe it or not, this is a match with not only both players being ranked inside the world’s Top 500 but the Top 100! Dodin’s lost eight of her last nine matches with her only win coming against Paoletti ranked outside the world’s Top 600. Just to add salt to the wound, one of those eight losses was to Martincova in straight sets on the grass. The Czech isn’t in the best form but she has racked up a few wins in North America the past month and another should follow here.
Prediction: Martincova in 2
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