Oceane Dodin in action ahead of the WTA Lausanne Open.

WTA Lausanne day 1 predictions including Kalinskaya vs Zidansek

After an exciting Wimbledon that saw Elena Rybakina and Novak Djokovic Crowned champions, the hybrid summer clay/hard court season begins. A number of top players have chosen to compete in the WTA Lausanne Open in Switzerland. As always, here at LWOT we offer our predictions for every game on the board including Lauren Davis vs. Sara Sorribes Tormo. But who will make it to the second round?

WTA Lausanne day 1 predictions

Ylena In-Albon vs. Jule Niemeier

Head to head: first date

Jule Niemeier is in great form these days, surprisingly reaching the Wimbledon quarter-finals after never having won a match at a Grand Slam before. The result came as a surprise as Niemeier did her best on clay, winning her first career WTA Challenger title on clay this spring. Her four career ITF titles all came on clay as well. In-Albon also loves the sand, with seven career ITF titles on the dirt.

Ylena In-Albon has an ITF title on clay this year and has had several strong results but has a poor record at tour level. Niemeier has a bit more experience and will bring a lot of confidence with her Wimbledon performance. Niemeier is the better player and will win with the confidence that has been gained.

Forecasts: Niemeier in the 3
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Anna Kalinskaya vs Tamara Zidansek

Head to head: Zidansek 2-0 Kalinskaya

Tamara Zidansek won her last match in straight sets on clay last year in Bogota. She is only 2-4 on clay in 2022, although last year she showed her talent on the surface with a 21-6 record, including a French Open semi-final and her only WTA title of her career. Kalinskaya is a solid young player trying to win a few games to claim another career high and break into the top-70.

The Russian’s achievements have been mostly on hard courts, with 13 of 16 wins in 2022 coming from that particular surface, while he has posted an indifferent record of 4-12 on clay over the past two seasons. Although Zidansek has struggled a bit on clay this year, she will be motivated to show her strength on her favorite surface. Zidansek won all four sets against Kalinskaya and this match will be no different.

Prognosis: Zidansek in 2
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Oceane Dodin vs. Susan Bandecchi

Head to head: Dodin 2-0 Bandecchi

Dodin won their two previous encounters easily but came into play on poor form and lost five games in a row. Bandecchi is outside the world top-200 but was awarded a wild card for the event as a local player. She has only beaten one player out of the top 100 all year, namely world No. 97 Misaki Doi, although it did so on a clay court.

She needs to double that against Dodin, who despite the poor form has made more than half of her wins of the year on clay. Bandecchi has an ITF title on clay but it came back in 2017. Although Dodin was in poor form, she was unlucky with a draw. Your consistent play will work to your advantage against a less experienced player. Bandecchi will play freely and have nothing to lose, feeding on the crowd and stealing a set, but Dodin will comfortably win the other two and win the match.

Prediction: Dodin in 3

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