WTA New Haven Preview 2013
Another step towards to the US Open will be taken at New Haven on the WTA Tour as yet another Premier Tier event steps up to the plate. After the excitement and battles in Canada and Cincinnati over the past couple of weeks, there is still a good crop of players to look at this week. Defending champion Petra Kvitova heads back to New Haven to defend her title, but after a third round exit against Caroline Wozniacki at the Western & Southern Open, it’s not a player who you should be backing with a lot of confidence. Her conqueror in Cincinnati, Wozniacki may be worth a shot as the dark horse as she won this event four times in a row between 2009 and 2011. The Dane is nowhere near that kind of level now, but a good draw in New Haven could make her value.
Wozniacki may run into top seed Sara Errani, but as gritty as the Italian is, she is fallible on hard courts, and that is something else which will work in Wozniacki’s favour. Errani did hit the semi finals here last season though, but Wozniacki has an easier quarter this time around. Down in the bottom half of the draw, there is a cluster of potential, from Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Sabine Lisicki and Dominika Cibulkova. Germany’s Kerber isn’t quite in the game at the moment, and with inconsistencies from Kvitova as well, and Lisicki and Cibulkova both bombing in the first round of Cincinnati, it’s a tough call from the bottom half.
Tempted to go for the winner out of the potential quarter final match up between Cibulkova and Kerber. With Cibulkova holding a 4-0 head to head lead over the German, that would be the way to go. But would take a long hard look at Sorana Cirstea. The promising young Romanian beat Wozniacki, Na Li and Kvitova on her way to the final of Toronto a couple of weeks ago. That could have been a massive step forward for her.
Stat: Wozniacki won this four season in a row and was only stopped by a retirement in last season’s semi.