Rogers Cup Toronto Preview – Sabine Lisicki v Belinda Bencic

Belinda Bencic has had the toughest draw so far of anyone in Toronto as the Swiss teenager has already had to beat Eugenie Bouchard (6-0 5-7 6-2) and Caroline Wozniacki (7-5 7-5) to progress to the third round where she now runs into former Wimbledon finalist Sabine Lisicki and with her results this week a quarter final appearance is on the cards.

At the other end of the court you have one of the most unpredictable players on the tour in Sabine Lisicki who likewise has had a good week so far with wins against Venus Williams (6-0 6-3) and Barbora Strycova (7-6 6-4) to get to the third round so hasn’t had it easy at all!

Despite these wins there is still an unpredictability about her game. I predicted her to lose to Venus even though the H2H was in her favour so to defeat her 6-0 6-3 was a surprise however I have watched a lot of Lisicki this year and her form is so inconsistent. She had a tremendous week at Indian Wells earlier on in the year then followed it up it up a couple of weeks later with a 6-0 6-0 loss to Zarina Diyas in Stuttgart and then just over a week ago was a set and 4-1 up against Kimiko Date-Krumm and lost in three sets.

I like the type of game Lisicki plays she likes to play aggressively from the back of the court however despite this style being popular and effective when everything is going well I don’t think it’s a style that will get you through matches when you are playing at about 50 to 70% of how well you can play. It’s either a game which produces a high number of errors or winners. If Lisicki could be more consistent then I see no reason why she can’t be ranked within the top 15 on the tour on a consistent basis.

Belinda plays quite a controlled game from the back of the court, she doesn’t over play shots and is very good at sticking in rallies. I wouldn’t say that Belinda is the best mover on the tour but she is very clever and is good at approaching the net and see’s the shot before she plays it. Bencic’s main weapon in my opinion is the forehand and will be looking to try and bring this into play a lot. In their previous meeting a lot of defensive shots were forced into the backhand corner by Lisicki and this shot produced a number of short balls for Lisicki to put away further up the court. I do think Bencic has the game to beat Lisicki and the Swiss player will be hoping for better than their last and first meeting earlier on in the year.

Their first ever meeting was in Birmingham earlier on in the year with Lisicki winning 6-1 7-6 and setting a WTA record serving 27 aces in two sets against Bencic who will hoping to return a lot more serves this time round. I can’t really call who will win this one, both players have good momentum going into this one with their first couple of results but who will make the quarter finals?

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