Goerges vs Goerges
This is the 1st edition of Moscow River cup and it's a clay court tournament. The quarterfinals are clear and most of the seeded players were eliminated. Julia Georges is seeded as N1, while the other seeded players, who are still in the tournament, are N3 Anastasija Sevastova and N5 Aliaksandra Sasnovich. It's strange all of them are in the upper part of the draw and Sasnovich will face Sevastova in the QFs, while the winner of this match will play against Goerges or Olga Danilovic. So, that's looking like a final before the real final between Goerges and the winner of the battle between the Belarusian and the Latvian players. Laura Siegemund looks like the biggest rival from the second part of the draw, but she is not in form, so the winner of the 1st part of the draw will be huge favourite in the final.
Julia performed very well in her first two matches against Kuzmova, giving her just one game and against Natalia Vikhlyantseva, winning also in straight sets with some difficulties in the end of the 2nd set, when she had to close the match in her favour. Goerges knows how to play in Russia, she won the Kremlin cup in Moscow last season, although it's on hard courts. Here is seeded as N1 and goes into this tournament after SF in Wimbledon. I have to say she is in good form- in the biggest tournaments during the last months she was stopped twice by Serena Williams- in Roland Garros(3rd round) and Wimbledon(SF), so this doens't have to be accepted as a failure.None of Sasnovich or Sevastova is in better form, they also don't have home advantage, because the tournament is in Russia and the main favourite Daria Kasatkina was eliminated in the 2nd round.
If we see H2H Goerges is 1:0 against Sasnovich after a win against her in Bucharest 2017 on clay, while against Sevastova it's 5:3 for Goerges with only one match on clay and it was this year in Charleston. Goerges won it in straight sets 7:6 6:3. If we say Laura Siegemund is the biggest favourite to reach the final from the 2nd part of the draw, H2H against Goerges, it's 1:1. Goerges won the 1st match between them on clay a long time ago in 2006, while in Bastad 2016(clay) the winner was Siegemund after Goerges retired in the third set. Goerges is in much better form, so if such a final happens, Goerges will be the big favourite all the way.
I liked her performance int he start of the tournament, she has very good draw for the QFs and the SF match looks like the toughest one. I love Goerges chances for the trophy, she is my favourite for sure!
Goerges vs Goerges prediction
|Goerges to win the trophy||Bet365||2.75||9||Lost LOST (-9 units)|