The opening round of the 2022 WTA Citi Open will conclude on Tuesday in Washington, DC. Among the most interesting matches is 2015 champion Sloane Stephens vs. Alja Tomljanovic. Fourth Seed Viktoria Azarenka also starts her campaign against Dayana Yastremska. We also predict the rest of the day’s games a separate article. Who do you think will prevail?
Xiyu Wang vs Tatiana Maria
Head to head: 1-1
Tatiana Maria would obviously be much higher in the WTA rankings if she were Wimbledon Efforts were rewarded with points. Here we are, however, and she meets Xiyu Wang, whom she has already fended off successfully on hard courts this year. The Chinese is a developing talent and has since got his revenge on Maria on clay. Wang has more potential and the veteran’s slice-and-dice game probably won’t look as menacing as it did on the grass.
Prediction: Wang in 3
Andrea Petkovic versus Clara Tauson
Head to head: First date
Clara Tauson has the talent to win events of this caliber but the Dane has been struggling with her health lately. She retired against Mai Hontama at Wimbledon, her only match in the last three months. Therefore, her fitness is under a big question mark. Andrea Petkovic is well past her prime and while she’s doing well holding her own on the main tour, she’s going to be in big trouble here when the teenager is at the peak of her game. It should really come down to whether Tauson is physically ready.
Prediction: Tauson in 2nd
Alja Tomljanovic vs. Sloane Stephens
Head to head: Stephen 6:0
That’s quite a head-to-head record, but if there’s ever going to be a good opportunity for Ajla Tomljanovic to beat Sloane Stephens, it’s now. Both have not competed since Wimbledon but the American has had a truly confusing campaign. Apart from the title in Guadalajara and the quarter-final appearance in Roland Garros, she has only won one match in all other events. With Tomljanovic coming off the pitch feeling confident, the 2015 champions could find himself in trouble here.
Prognosis: Tomljanovic in 3
Dayana Yastremska vs Victoria Azarenka
Head to head: Jastremska 1-0
Victoria Azarenka has done better than people think this year, but it hasn’t really turned into a big run (also due to injury issues). She will be playing for the first time since French Open So rust could definitely be a factor here. Dayana Yastremska won’t be in a great rhythm either and hasn’t done much to speak of since that great stretch in Dubai/Lyon earlier this year. The Ukrainian has the game to cause problems for Azarenka, but she’s nowhere near as balanced as the two-time Grand Slam winner.
Prediction: Azarenka in 3
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