The WTA clay court season has moved to Stuttgart, Germany, for the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix 500-level event. Some of the tour’s best have flocked to Stuttgart to compete in this 32-woman draw, including eight of the Top 10 players in the world. World No. 1 Iga Swiatek takes the court on Day 4 against Chinese phenom Qinwen Zheng.
We at LWOT have the preview and prediction for that match and all other happenings around the Porsche Tennis Grand Prix. But who will advance?
WTA Stuttgart Day 4 Predictions
Caroline Garcia vs Tatjana Maria
World No. 5 Caroline Garcia squares off against veteran Tatjana Maria in Round 2 in Stuttgart. Garcia has always favored the clay as her favorite surface and is poised for a strong clay-court season.
The 35-year-old Maria is a strong clay court player in her own right and has won her last seven matches. Maria plays with a methodical pace and consistency that bothers even the world’s best. In this match, expect a lot of drawn-out exchanges with each player being very conservative on when to pick their spots to attack.
Maria will have the support of the home crowd, but I see Garcia’s power proving to be too much in the end.