Emma Raducanu in action at the US Open.

WTA Washington day 2 predictions including Raducanu vs. Chirico

After an opening day that included the return of Venus Williams in singles, the remainder of the first round will be played at the WTA Citi Open in Washington, DC. Some big names will start their Citi Open campaigns such as: Viktoria Azarenka, Sloane Stephens and Emma Raducanu. As always, here at LWOT we will preview and predict every game – four games in this article and four in a separate article. Who do you think will win?

WTA Washington day 2 predictions

Sofia Kenin vs Camila Osorio

Head to head: first meeting

It’s been a terrible couple of seasons for Kenin, the former No. 4 who is now dropping out of the top 400. The 24-year-old has not played since Indian Wells and has not won a match since the first week of the season. It’s impossible to predict what level Kenin can reach in her first game after her injury, but she gets an acceptable draw in Osorio. The Colombian reached the Monterrey final in March but has struggled since on a five-game losing streak. Neither player is particularly convincing and I wouldn’t be confident picking any of them, but I’ll go with Kenin to make a successful return here.
Prediction: Kenin in 2

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Madison Brengle vs. Anna Kalinskaya

Head to head: Kalinskaya 2: 0 Brengle

An interesting match-up here. Brengle never really got going on grass this season and carried a five-game losing streak on US hard. Kalinskaya had a good spring in North America, reaching the Guadalajara semifinals and third round of qualifying in both Indian Wells and Miami. The Russian has struggled with his fitness all year, with two of those biggest runs ending in injury. The last few months have not been good for Kalinskaya but she will try to regain her form on hard. She has had two wins over Brengle in her previous games but has yet to lose a set. This seems like a perfect opportunity for Kalinskaya to give her season a jolt.
Prognosis: Kalinskaya in the 2nd

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Wang Xinyu vs. Tereza Martincova

Head to head: first meeting

Wang has struggled a lot outside of her title run at La Bisbal this year, winning just two consecutive games at another tournament this season. Martincova went 11-17 in 2022 and didn’t have the best transition to the main tour. The Czech may have peaked when she reached the semi-finals in Nottingham but has since lost all five games, including to Chloe Paquet in Prague last week, failing to defend a final. Neither player has shown much form lately but I’ll go with Martincova as she had a decent time on US hard last year.
Prediction: Martincova in 3

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Emma Raducanu vs. Louisa Chirico

Head to head: first meeting

Raducanu, the second seed, will be making her big American return after bursting onto the stage with one of them the most surprising Slam winning runs of all time at last year’s US Open. The Brit has broken the top 10 in the rankings but hasn’t really had the best time on the court in the last 11 months, posting an 11-15 record with coaching drama all around her. Raducanu faces qualifier Chirico, who qualified for Wimbledon earlier in the season. This week, the American grabbed two three-set wins over Yuan Yue and Wang Xiyu to break into the peloton. Raducanu should make a successful return to the US and hopefully prepare for a successful hard court season, otherwise she will suffer a severe rank drop.
Prediction: Raducanu in 2nd

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