Both WTA finals start at the same time. The ATP final between Isner and Nishikori is covered for the Shark Tips service.
WTA Bank of the West Classic, 22:00 – Pliskova v Kerber
Kerber leads 3-2. On hard courts they are 1-1. Kerber won their last ,meeting in the final in Birmingham on grass. She won in a third set tie break.
Pliskova lost 3 of her 4 finals this year. She was underdog in the 3 losses. Her win was in her home country.
Kerber has won all 3 of her finals this season. Before this year she had a poor record in finals. She was underdog in 2 of her 2015 finals.
Kerber has played an extra match this week and has played 3 more sets than Pliskova. That shouldn’t make a lot of difference. I am giving Kerber the edge but I think we see 3 sets.
Back Kerber when she is a break behind.
WTA Citi Open, 22:00 – Pavlyuchenkova v Stephens
This is their first meeting. It is also Stephens’ first WTA final. Will she feel the pressure? She is playing in front of a home crowd and the weight of expectation will be huge. She hasn’t dropped a set this week. I was surprised that she won the 2nd set 6-0 over Stosur last night. I had expected Stosur to win.
Pavlyuchenkova has been in danger of getting beaten in 3 of her 4 matches. She won her opening match in 2 tie breaks. Mchale was 4-2 up in their third set but Pavlyuchenkova won in a tie break and in her semi final Makarova retired at 1 set all. It may just be Pavlyuchenkova’s lucky week but I am going with Stephens to get her first title.
Back her when a break or a set down.