Olga Savchuk makes her WTA Fantasy picks for Toronto.
“My first pick is World No.1 Ash Barty, in action for the first time since Wimbledon. She won her first Grand Slam on clay at Roland Garros just recently, but she loves hardcourts. She’s very confident now, because of her results, and her game has a lot of variation, which can hurt a lot of players.”
“Pliskova obviously possesses one of the biggest serves, she also loves a hard court, and most of the time she plays really well after a training block – a former US Open finalist, she always does well on the North American swing. She’s a player who is always capable of delivering big results.”
“Simona is now a multiple Grand Slam champion, she’s proven she’s a big fighter and most of the time her level stays the same. She doesn’t really have any weak spots in her game. And she seems to have found a mental balance for herself, so that she feels and plays stress-free.”
“I think she is always going for the title, every week she plays an event, which she has proven over the years with her 13 titles from 15 finals. Indeed, she was champion at Toronto two years ago. One of her strengths is that she knows how to win when she isn’t playing her best, and that’s a big advantage.”
Outsider Pick: Johanna Konta
“It’s tough to choose just one outsider, but I will go with Jo Konta. She’s had a very good run the last few months, posting very solid results at back-to-back Grand Slams. She’s playing really aggressively and taking the ball early, and that will serve her well over the summer.”