Iga Swiatek in action at the WTA Stuttgart Open.

WTA Rome Quarterfinal Predictions Including Swiatek vs Andreescu

After the first rounds in Rome saw a handful of the top seed knocked out of the competition, some of the WTA’s biggest stars have since justified their move to the quarter-finals. And what a day it promises to be. Three of the top four in the tournament will be playing. Iga Swiatek is looking to continue her historic winning streak while Aryna Sabalenka looks to end a different streak: her four straight losses against Amanda Aminisova. Here’s how it all takes shape.

WTA Rome Quarter Final Predictions

Anas Jaber vs Maria Scary

Face to face: 1-1

This one has the potential to be the best match of the bunch. Ons Jabeur comes here in hot clay court form after winning her first Masters 1000 in Madrid last week, and her outstanding style, branded with great angles and excellent shots, makes her one of the most unique contenders in the WTA. On the other side of the grid, Scary’s recent performance has been poor since he fought the final at Indian Wells. She only has a 3-2 record on the clay court swing despite being a favored surface, but a good win over Coco Gauff could be a vital confidence boost for the Greek ahead of this. Looking at Jaber’s level now, you might need it.
Prediction: Jaber at 3

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Jill Tishman vs Daria Kasatkina

Head-to-head: 1-0 Kasatkina

The Tennis Hawks may remember the pair’s first meeting since the 2021 Billie Jean King Cup final, in which Kasatkina trounced the Swiss in straight sets to claim the victory of the Russian Tennis Federation. They both have cunning tactics on all pitches that make the match intriguing, but the Formbook notes that Teichmann likely has the edge. She’s enjoying a bit of a purple patch, after her semi-final round in Madrid with a strong week in the Italian capital, topped by a win over number 6 seed Karolina Pliskova.

It has been one of Katsatkina’s winning games of 2022 so far. This race in Rome – and Thursday’s win over Paula Padusa in particular – marked the climax of her campaign. However, transmission problems still upset her game, which could be crucial here.
Prediction: Teichmann in 2

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Arina Sabalenka vs. Amanda Anisimova

Head to head: 4-0 Anisimova

A match between two players who have gotten to know each other very well recently – this is their third meeting in less than two months. Anisimova proved to be a No. 3 seed kryptonite, improving her perfect head-to-head record with wins on clay in Charleston and then last week in Madrid. How did you do that? Simply put, she loves handling speed, and she has used Sabalenka’s swipes power against her, both in the serve and in the rally. World #8 hasn’t developed a counter strategy yet, and the mental hurdle of playing an opponent who seems to have your number is hard to beat.
Prediction: Anisimova in 3

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Ega Swatic vs Bianca Andreescu

Face to face: first meeting

The winning streak should end some time, right? The already formidable Iga Swiatek has gotten better and better since taking the world number one spot in March, and here comes in 25 unbeaten matches. To put that in perspective, only the Williams sisters, Justin Henin and Victoria Arazenka have made a streak like that on the WTA Tour since 2000. Not only is the number of wins that is impressive, either; It’s how you find a way to get the job done in every situation. The Pole has mostly crushed her opponents but when things get tough, she has been up to the challenge. Thursday’s straight-set win over Arazenka was a case in point, with Swiatek recovering from a 3-0 delay to win 6-4 in an 80-minute opening set. At the moment, it is a brave person to criticize her.
Prediction: Swiatek at 2

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2022-05-13 00:07:38

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