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WTA Tallinn Day 1 predictions including Keys vs Golubic

The Tallinn Open begins Monday in Estonia as the WTA Tour moves more towards indoor hard courts towards the end of the year. The field is strong and there should be plenty of great tennis with many of the women in the draw playing for the first time since US Open. Several seeded players are already in action on day one without players receiving first round byes, including Madison Keys and Ajla Tomljanovic. This is sure to be an exciting start to a good week of tennis and all matches are being previewed at Last Word on Tennis – including four in a separate article.

WTA Tallinn day 1 predictions

Karolina Muchova vs Jessika Ponchet

Head to head: 1-0 Muchova

Ponchet tries to take advantage of a rusty Muchova to win the first round match after passing through the qualifiers. Muchova has played a very limited schedule this season due to injury and hasn’t had great results so far. Ponchet had an excellent year despite much of their game being played on the ITF circuit. She meets a vulnerable Muchova, who has a losing record this year but did well against Tomljanovic at the US Open. While Ponchet is hot and could try to capitalize on that, the quick places will help Muchova’s consistency and her potential moving disadvantage from her injury. Ponchet’s greatest success has been on clay and outdoors, so it’s going to take a lot to win. Muchova will try to get back on track and do just enough to quickly score points with the shooting and win the match.
Prediction: Muchova in 3

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Barbora Krejcikova vs. Ajla Tomljanovic

Head to head: 1-0 Tomljanovic

This should be a great match with lots of quick points. Both players are tall and powerful, perfect for a fast indoor hard court. Their only previous meeting was at the beginning of this year Wimbledon, Tomljanovic won after losing the first set. Krejcikova hasn’t played well on hard courts lately, losing five of her last seven games.

The 2021 French Open champion didn’t have a great year overall in singles, even losing in the first round while trying to defend her title in Paris. Tomljanovic reached back-to-back quarterfinals in Cincinnati and the US Open, scoring a deep run as a qualifier at the earlier event. Tomljanovic plays great in majors but hasn’t been as consistent, but she is in better shape overall and stronger than Krejcikova on faster surfaces. Krejcikova’s serve will keep them inside, but Tomljanovic will pull away in the end.
Prognosis: Tomljanovic in 3

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Madison Keys vs. Viktorija Golubic

Head to head: 2-1 Golubic

Golubic surprisingly has the historic lead, winning his last game at Wimbledon 2021. While Keys has had a volatile career, she seems to be in top form at the moment. On hard courts she won a title in Adelaide this year and reached the semi-finals Australian Open and Cincinnati. Golubic has had moderate results at lower levels this year but doesn’t have the firepower to attack top opponents. She played well to qualify for the US Open but fell out in the first round against Pegula 2 and 2. Her size makes her more defensive, but she needs to hit with more power to throw Keys off rhythm. This will be difficult and the match will end up like the US Open with Keys cruising to a quick win.
Prediction: Enter 2

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