Donna Vekic (@1.83) vs Julia Goerges (@2.0)
02-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Donna Vekic will win

Donna Vekic – Julia Goerges Match Prediction | 02-09-2019 11:00

But there is no denying that Suarez Navarro and Stosur are both fine competitors. Suarez Navarros game is, however, unquestionably in better shape than Stosurs, who has been finding wins hard to come by. Jim:Both more at home on a clay court, this one may not be a grass-court classic.

Vekic began her tournament against the heavily favoured Sloane Stephens, who was fresh from reaching the final in Paris. She next overcame Swedens Rebecca Peterson in straight sets 7-5 6-4 to reach the third round at Wimbledon for the first time before finishing strongly to oust Belgiums Yanina Wickmayer 7-6 6-1. But the Croatian destroyed Stephens with apparent ease, delivering a clinical performance to win 6-1 6-3 and has hardly looked back.

History

Vekic hopes to make her first ever grand slam quarterfinal, as she previously never made a grand slam fourth round before this match. Vekic has won four of her last five matches on grass court. As long as Vekic continues to keep the ball in play, shes going to be fine moving forward. In the victory, Vekic won 92 percent of her first serve points and 41 percent of her second serve points. Donna Vekic is coming off a straight sets win over Yanina Wickmayer that took 20 games to decide. Vekic has been very clean this tournament and has now won eight of her last 10 sets played. Vekic lost just three of 36 first serve points and had 27 winners to just 12 unforced errors.

Day 2 will see 32 more womens singles matches as we wrap up the opening round. For Day 2, we will be focusing on 16 matches. Wimbledon continues on Tuesday. Were here to predict as many of them as we can. This article will contain four of them, and we also have three other sets of predictions. (One features Maria Sharapova vs Pauline Parmentier, the second headlines Serena Williams vs Giulia Gatto-Monticone, and the third features Amanda Anisimova vs Sorana Cirstea.) Predicting Day 2 matches for you are myself (Yesh Ginsburg), Jim Smith, and Tracey Essex.

It was won comfortably last year by Goerges on the hard courts of Budapest in the second round. The German lost just four games in a 6-2 6-2 win and went on to reach the semifinals, losing to eventual champion Timea Babos. Goerges and Vekic have met just once before although there was considerably less riding on the outcome of that match. But with neither player having reached a Grand Slam quarterfinal previously, how they will cope with the pressure of the situation remains an unknown.

Donna Vekic

She has won two matches here just twice, and has never reached the fourth round. You would think that a power-hitting Australian would like grass courts, but youd be wrong. Stosur, meanwhile, is tremendously overrated on the grass. Yesh:Suarez Navarro isnt great on grass, though her skills on the surface are a bit underrated. Stosur has competed at Wimbledon 15 times.

But the American has been showing signs of life recently, though the nature of her straight-sets loss to Konta in Paris will likely be a concern. Jim:Stephens, who lost in the first round to Vekic last year, has received another difficult draw in the shape of Bacsinszky. Nor has she historically had much success at Wimbledon.

The 22-year-old Vekic is the better ball striker of the two, with the Croatian confident stepping into the court to really go after the ball. She showed as much in hitting through Stephens defence with ease, a feat made all the more impressive by how well the American moves. Vekic has also been fairly dominant behind her first serve, winning no less than 74% of the points behind it in all of her matches, peaking an impressive 94% against Wickmayer, although she too has struggled behind her second.

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Goerges is solid off both wings and whilst not amongst the most powerful players on the Tour, her forehand is deceptively heavy. What she lacks in pace of shot, she makes up for in accuracy with the German exerting excellent control over the ball. Her serve, however, can be a weakness. Whilst she does hit a fair number of aces, no less than 15 against Puig, she has also hit 17 double faults already this tournament and won less than 50% of the points behind her second against Puig and Lapko.

Vekic backed-up her victory over the reigning U.S Open champion impressively well, beating Rebecca Peterson 7-5 6-4 and Yanina Wickmayer7-6 6-1. Donna Vekic is having one the best weeks of her young career. Vekic kick-started the event in style with a 6-1 6-3 win over the 4th seeded Sloane Stephens. How long can Vekic keep up this level of play? Vekic has long underachieved but is finally starting to fulfil her potential.

She then overcame Vera Lapko of Belarus in three sets, 6-2 3-6 6-2 to reach the third round where she faced Barbora Strycova. Goerges, who has had to battle tooth-and-nail to reach the second week, began her tournament with a difficult assignment against Rio gold medallist Monica Puig. What followed was a classic, but it was Goerges who was victorious, outlasting the Czech 7-6 3-6 10-8. But the German delivered a fine performance to oust Puig in straight sets 6-4 7-6.

Path to the fourth round

Goerges will be particularlyeager to get the win, having still never progressed beyond the fourth round at a Major, despite having now reached that stage at every Slam. Both Vekic and Goerges are dangerous baseliners playing well and, with the draw so open, both could put together a deep run if they can get through this match. Vekic is playing the sort oftennis she has so long promised and expect her to pull off the upset in three. But she will have to swallow further disappointment after this one.

But the number 30 seed knows better than that. Tracey:If Sam Stosur could clean up her serve and avoid her backhand wing, she might have a shot. I expect Stosur to have some success at Wimbledon. Suarez Navarro will find the weaker Stosur wing and count on the Aussies questionable second serve to claim the win.