Kateryna Baindl

WTA Budapest Day 1 predictions including Babos vs Baindl

Wimbledon has just come to an end, but tennis is known to never stop as the WTA Budapest main draw is set to begin on Monday with five matches. Barbora Krejcikova will lead the event as the leader, with Martina Trevisan or Yulia Putintseva also competing. As always, here at LWOT we will anticipate and predict every game. Who do you think will win?

WTA Budapest day 1 predictions

Lesia Tsurenko vs. Carolina Alves

Head to head: first meeting

The Ukrainian veteran is having a strong season, posting a 21-11 record with deep runs on grass, including the third round at Wimbledon. Alves is targeting her first WTA 250 win and is looking very strong in wins over Ekaterina Reyngold and Gabriela Lee, losing just nine games across the two games. Alves is in good form so she could very well win this match, but I’ll base this on Tsurenko’s experience.
Prediction: Tsurenko in 3

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Kamilla Rakhimova vs. Elena Gabriela Ruse

Head to head: first meeting

Rakhimova has won a few matches on grass but hasn’t won a match on clay since qualifying for Madrid. Ruse also has a losing record on the season, winning just one of their last seven games. The Romanian wasn’t the favorite in any of the games but should be in this one. Ruse has had some more impressive wins this season, beating Paula Badosa or Shelby Rogers and I expect her to win here too.
Prognosis: Ruse in 2

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Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs. Fanny Stollar

Head to head: first meeting

It was a strong season for Sasnovich, including fourth-round runs at the French Open and Miami, where he posted a 26-13 record. Stollar did not receive a wild card despite her nationality but had an easy time in qualifying, being knocked out by Renata Zarazua in the second set before beating Marina Bassol’s Ribera in straight sets. The Hungarian was considered a decent prospect early in her career, winning the junior doubles title at Wimbledon and finishing 114th as a pro but has struggled for deep runs even at ITF level in recent seasons. It would take a special performance from the 23-year-old to upset Sasnovich.
Prediction: Sasnovich in 2

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Bernarda Pera versus Marina Bassol’s Ribera

Head to head: first meeting

Pera has been a strong clay court player throughout her career, striving to impress on the other courts but always waiting for a decent result on clay. The American reached the final of the WTA 125 in Karlsruhe earlier this season, including a win over Jule Niemeier, but did not achieve any significant results on clay outside of that. However, Pera absolutely came through the qualifiers, losing just five games to Katarina Zavatska and Sofia Shapatava. Bassol’s Ribera won two ITF titles, a 60th in Madrid and a 25th in Palma del Rio, and put on an 11-game winning streak before losing to Fanny Stollar in the final qualifying round. The Spaniard starts as a lucky loser, but I don’t see much of a chance for her against Pera.
Prediction: Pera in 2

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Kateryna Baindl vs Timea Babos

Head to head: Baindl 1:1 Babos

The game of the day in Budapest. Baindl, formerly known as Kozlova, has reached the quarterfinals twice in Budapest. The Ukrainian struggled early in the season but showed good form in July, reaching the final of an ITF 60 in Montpellier before qualifying here. There, Baindl defeated Daniela Seguel and Rebeka Stolmar, both in straight sets. Babos, former No. 25 in singles and world No. 1 in doubles, has struggled in recent seasons. The 29-year-old sits 290th in the rankings and needed a wildcard to compete, which she was assured of as a former champion here in 2017. But Babos wants to get back to her old form at the tournament in her hometown. The in-form Baindl should defeat her here.
Forecasts: Baindl in the 2

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