The first day of WTA Parma starts on Monday, with five matches scheduled throughout the day. Top seed of the tournament Maria Sakkari will be hoping to find some form at this event as their season has been wildly idiosyncratic over the past few months. The Greek star is on the outside, looking inside as much as possible The WTA Finals are affected. However, she remains the favorite to lift the trophy here. People like Sloane Stephens and Martina Trevisan but will probably have something to say about it. With that in mind, let’s dive into our only predictions for day one of WTA Parma.
WTA Parma day 1 predictions
Sara Errani vs. Lauren Davis
Head to Head: 3 – 1 Errani
Sara Errani has worked hard to fight his way back to the top of the top 100 at the age of 35. The Italian is always dangerous on clay and will be a real test for everyone she meets this week. She meets a similarly effective climber and counterattack here in Lauren Davis. The American does not excel on clay and has lost three of the four previous encounters between these two. Granted, they haven’t met since 2015, but both seem to be playing at a relatively similar level at the moment. Given that, Errani has the edge as she is a better Red Dirt player.
Prognosis: Errani in Q2
Ana Bogdan vs Laura Pigossi
Head to Head: 1 – 0 Bogdan
It really shouldn’t be a big competition. Ana Bogdan has a career year on the WTA Tour. The Romanian also dismantled Laura Pigossi two months ago in Warsaw. The Brazilian has had a great year herself and could end the year sneaking into the top 100 for the first time in her career. But for that she needs to get results in other tournaments as it’s hard to imagine her avoiding a first-round elimination in this tournament.
Prognosis: Bogdan in the 2nd
Sloane Stephens vs. Magdalena Frech
Head to Head: 1-0 Stephens
Sloane Stephens is clearly the better player of the two here. However, her constant roulette of good, bad and ugly tennis means Magdalena Frech has more than an outsider chance at this game. The Polish clay-court player has never found a level high enough to be permanently on the WTA Tour. She needs deep runs in smaller tournaments like this to change that narrative and could well get lucky here. Stephen’s inconsistency makes me very reluctant to support her, so I’m giving Frech an edge here because consistent effort counts for something in tennis.
Prognosis: Cheeky in 3
Anna Schmiedlova versus Reka Jani
Head to head:
Reka Jani is in the midst of the best year of her career, with two ITF titles in 2022. The Hungarian has been in brilliant form on clay and could well be a dark horse to cause some serious upsets here in Parma. A decent run could see her in the top 100 for the first time ever by the end of the year, so the motivation is definitely there. In contrast, Anna Schmiedlova has slipped slightly after looking like she was ready to return to top-20 form earlier in the year. Schmiedlova undoubtedly has the higher ceiling of the two here. However, Jani brings form and confidence on clay and that should be enough of a surprise here.
Prognosis: Jani in 3
Maria Sakkari versus Kateryna Baindl
Head to Head: First meeting
I have campaigned for Maria Sakkari for some time now and was sure that big tournament wins would soon be in store for them. However, some of her old problems have crept back into her game and she has fallen off badly in the second half of the year. The Greek has all the physical qualities to dominate the women’s game but her mental toughness is once again in question. She was guilty of panicking and risking too much in important games and has underperformed on the big stages in the second half of the year. She’s the favorite here and is best on clay, but she’ll need to clear some of those mental demons if she’s to make a serious push for a WTA Finals birth. Baindl is a good player who will push Sakkari in this match. However, I think Sakkari will find a way in the end.
Prediction: Sakkari in 3
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