Wimbledon Day 1 Women’s Predictions–Including Naomi Osaka vs Yulia Putintseva

Day 1 Yulia Putintseva

Monday is the first day of July. It’s also the first day of 2019’s edition of Wimbledon. What to expect on Day 1 of Wimbledon? There are good matches all day, and we’re here at LWOT to try to predict them for you. For Day 1, we will look at 16 matches. This article has four of them, and we also have three more sets of predictions in store. (One features Elina Svitolina vs Daria Gavrilova, the second headlines Venus Williams vs Cori Gauff, and the third features Alize Cornet vs Victoria Azarenka.) Predicting Day 1 matches for you are myself (Yesh Ginsburg), David Adair, and Tracey Essex.

Wimbledon Day 1 Women’s Predictions

Su-wei Hsieh vs Jelena Ostapenko

Tracey:
In their only meeting, Hsieh came away the winner. Ostapenko learned just how crafty the Chinese Taipei native can be. But, if the Ostapenko go-for-broke form takes the court and if she’s hitting those ridiculous shots which leave the crowd gasping, the Latvian can take this match. But, it’s those error-laden stretches which will give Hsieh the opening – and most likely the win.
Prediction: Hsieh in 3

David:
Jelena Ostapenko is having a mini-revival in form this grass season. She is 4-2 for the season and holds a victory over Konta in Birmingham. Her feisty on-court presence is returning. Hsieh is 2-2 on grass and doesn’t look at her most dangerous on the surface. Hsieh leads the head-to-head by courtesy of a 2016 Australian Open victory, but Ostapenko should level the history at Wimbledon.
Prediction: Ostapenko in 3

Yesh:
This is a tough match to predict. Ostapenko should be able to blast Hsieh off the court, but it’s never easy against a crafty opponent. The grass should in theory help Ostapenko, but if she’s not quite used to the surface yet then it could wreak havoc on her game. Ultimately, I think the young Latvian will get frustrated enough to give Hsieh the win.
Prediction: Hsieh in 3

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Bernarda Pera vs Maria Sakkari

Tracey:
Maria Sakkari is playing well, with her capable serve and strong athleticism. While the Greek is fallible against the game’s elite, there’s no chance for American Bernarda Pera to create an upset.
Prediction: Sakkari in 2

David:
The American World #90 definitely belongs in the Top 50. She hasn;t played much on grass during her career, but pushed Wimbledon Juniors champion Iga Swiatek hard in a defeat in Birmingham qualifying. Sakkari’s athleticism on grass suggests her results should be better than they are. The Greek should nudge her way through this one.
Prediction: Sakkari in 3

Yesh:
It’s amazing how well Sakkari is playing and how little attention she’s getting for it. That will change this tournament, as she should easily reach Manic Monday with this draw.
Prediction: Sakkari in 2

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Caty McNally vs Heather Watson

Tracey:
Another teenage American making her presence known is Caty McNally. No doubt, a future star. British veteran Heather Watson will be a challenge for the young American, but not an insurmountable one. Sure, the fans are in the Brit’s camp, but McNally can surprise and delight. I think the qualifier McNally pulls through.
Prediction: McNally in 3

David:
It’s been a frustrating old two seasons for Heather Miriam Watson. Her grass season has been littered with performances whereby she looked like she was going to destroy an opponent and threw the match away. World #164, American Caty McNally, is a potential gem on grass. A run to the final in Surbiton without dropping a set was impressive. Alison Riske finally stopped 17 year old. Mcnally didn’t drop a set in qualifying at Wimbledon. All the attention has been on Cori Gauff, but arguably McNally is the better all round prospect, especially here. It is with a heavy heart that the prediction has to be for McNally to beat the Brit.
Prediction: McNally in 2

Yesh:
A future American tennis star will meet a once-future British tennis star on the eve of these two countries meeting in the Women’s World Cup semifinals. Will that match affect these players in this one? Probably not, but it’s still fun to mention. McNally clearly has a huge future ahead of her. The same was once expected of Watson, though at 27 and outside the Top 100, expectations have fallen off. She is still the most talented Brit after Konta, though, so she may yet rise to the top of the game if she can finally put everything together. Right now, though, the American is playing better tennis. Will the crowd be able to make up that difference? That’s anyone’s guess.
Prediction: McNally in 3

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Naomi Osaka vs Yulia Putintseva

Tracey:
Yulia Putintseva should be very confident going into this match. The Kazakh eliminated Osaka in the Round of 16 in Birmingham just the other week. In fact, Osaka has yet to grab a set from Putintseva. This has first round upset written all over it.
Prediction: Putintseva in 2

David:
Naomi Osaka has previously admitted struggling to play on grass. Her loss to the fiesty Kazakh Yulia Putintseva in Birmingham recently underlined this fact. Her mind is probably already wandering to the American hard-court swing, where she can come into her own. Putintseva is a difficult opponent at the best of times, but more so when you are struggling for form. Take Putintseva to make the head-to-head over Osaka 3-0.
Prediction: Putintseva in 2

Yesh:
Putintseva beat Osaka just a few short weeks ago. It wasn’t even close, either. Still, beating a Grand Slam champion on Centre Court, Wimbledon, is a very different task than in the tune-up in Birmingham. This match will be much closer than anyone who doesn’t follow tennis full-time expects, but I can’t pick against Osaka. It will be very tight, though.
Prediction: Osaka in 3

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