August 13, 2022

Day 2 at Wimbledon will see 32 women’s matches. We’ll wrap up Round 1 (time permitting) and find out who advances to Round 2. As always, at LWOT, we’ll be sharing our thoughts on all matches for you. We’ve broken down the 32 matches into eight articles. The other articles feature Coco Gauff vs. Elena-Gabriela Ruse, Serena Williams vs. Harmony Tan, Garbine Muguruza vs. Greet Minnen, Jessica Pegula vs. Donna Vekic, Paula Badoa vs. Louisa Chirico, Petra Kvitova vs. Jasmine Paolini, and Iga Swiatek vs. Jana Fett. Predicting today’s articles are Fraser Learmonth, Jakub Bobro and Jim Smith.

Wimbledon Day 2 Women Predictions

Bianca Andreescu vs. Emina Bektas

Fraser:
Andreescu is coming off the final and has been playing great tennis for the past few weeks. All he really lacks is that killer instinct to finish games and we’ve known since 2019 that he’s there somewhere. Many of us here at LWOS have made it to at least the semi-finals of Wimbledon and that should start with a victory here against the relatively unknown Bektas.
Prediction: Andreescu in 2

Jakub:
Andreescu is still awaiting her first main draw victory at Wimbledon but is likely considered an up and coming contender. Homburg. Bektas was surprisingly successful in qualifying, exiting in the first qualifying round at Nottingham and Birmingham. The American beat former Top 40 player Fiona Ferro to qualify. Andreescu should be the winner here, a popular choice for the dark horse in this draw.
Prediction: Andreescu in 2

Jim:
Will Andreescu win her first match at Wimbledon? The Canadian seems to be in a good position to do so. She played solid if not spectacular tennis in the warm-ups and had a favorable draw. Nothing is ever certain, but it seems pretty close to a sure thing for Andreescu.
Prediction: Andreescu in 2

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Irina Bara vs. Chloe Paquet

Fraser:
Tough game to call here. Bara is primarily a red-earth player but did well to make the main draw here. Paquet is a solid player but not quite at the level required to be a mainstay on the WTA Tour. The Frenchwoman hits a bigger ball and that probably gives her the advantage, but it could really go either way.
Prognosis: Package in 3

Jakub:
Both players are making their Wimbledon debuts after previous failed qualification attempts. Both also have pretty poor records on grass in small sample sizes, making them a tough call. Bara looked good as she qualified for Roland Garros while Paquet played a set against Aryna Sabalenka there. I’ll flip a coin and get Bara here.
Prediction: Bara in 3

Jim:
It is difficult to have great confidence in either of these two elements. Neither has much pedigree on grass and neither is in any form. The two will also make their Wimbledon debuts. But Paquet has at least played one game on grass this season, despite winning just four games.
Prognosis: Package in 3

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Dayana Yastremska vs. Ana Bogdan

Fraser:
I think Yastremska deserves a big result. The Ukrainian is too good not to find the top of the women’s ranking sooner or later. The added focus on Wimbledon brought about by the banning of Russian and Belarusian players may well give Yastremska a little edge and something more to play here. If so, then the women’s draw better watch out. The first to fall is Bogdan in this match.
Prediction: Yastremska in 2

Jakub:
Bogdan is looking to reach the second round here for the first time since 2017. The Romanian looked pretty good in Gaiba, beating Linda Fruhvirtova and Arantxa Rus. Yastremska made the second week here in 2019, also looking good in her quarter-final run in Birmingham, where she beat Magda Linette and Jelena Ostapenko. The Ukrainian’s last match was a bit worrying though, winning just two games against Donna Vekic. Despite that, I still see Yastremska winning here.
Prediction: Yastremska in 2

Jim:
Yastremska should probably win this match. But that doesn’t mean she will. After all, she followed her impressive run to the quarter-finals in Birmingham by being beaten 0-6 2-6 by Donna Vekic in the first round at Eastbourne. Still, his game is better suited to the grass than Bogdan’s. That should be the difference in what promises to be a hotly contested encounter.
Prediction: Yastremska in 3

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Simona Halep vs. Karolina Muchova

Fraser:
Halep has been looking great the past few weeks and is a former champion here. However, Muchova’s game is perfect on the grass courts and she is a real threat going deep every time she plays at Wimbledon. She also has a knack for performing well in Grand Slams and I suspect we could get another such display here. Halep may well return to the top of the women’s game, but that’s not going to happen in this tournament.
Prediction: Muchova in 3

Jakub:
A first round of popcorn for sure. Halep is playing her first Wimbledon since winning the title here in 2019. Despite two strong leads, semi-finals in Birmingham and Bad Homburg, the former No.1 has question marks over her fitness as she retired before her last game with a neck injury. Muchova suffered a first-round loss to Ons Jabeur in Berlin, but the Czech is still dangerous on grass, reaching the quarter-finals in her two previous Wimbledon appearances. I expect a very entertaining match with Muchova winning it at the end.
Prediction: Muchova in 3

Jim:
It’s a pretty tough draw for Halep. Muchova is something of a Grand Slam specialist, again demonstrating why at Roland Garros where she reached the third round despite having almost no tennis behind her. But there are real concerns about his fitness as Halep was in top form. That might just be a challenge too far for Muchova.
Prediction: Halep in 2

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