Alize Cornet in action ahead of the WTA Monastir Open.

WTA Monastir Day 1 predictions including Cornet vs Pigossi

With many star names in the draw it promises to be a fun week of tennis at the WTA Monastir Open and as always at LWOT we offer our predictions for every match on the board including Claire Liu vs Ana Konjuh. But who will come out on top?

WTA Monastir day 1 predictions

Zhu Lin vs Despina Papamicail

Head to head: first date

Like Laura Pigossi, Despina Papamichail is much better equipped for clay courts. However, unlike Pigossi, her future in the sport is not a sure bet. The Greek player made her first appearance in the main draw at a WTA event just last year at the age of 27. It was impressive of her to get through qualifiers this week but none of her wins would have accurately reflected her level, the latter against Kristina Mladenovic who appears to be creeping ever closer to retirement.

Zhu Lin has proven she is capable of holding her own by smashing her way into the top-100. On that surface, Zhu should absolutely have her fair share of advantages in this match against a player who’s struggled in bigger games.

Prediction: Zhu in 2nd
Embed from Getty Images

Magda Linette versus Lucrezia Stefanini

Head to head: first date

This game is probably the most interesting of our predictions. The other two seemed like pretty easy choices, but this one should be a lot closer. Magda Linette is playing well, but none of her wins over the past few weeks have come easy. In wins in Seoul and Chennai, for example, Linette fought in sets against Marino, Mladenovic and Hartono, all players ranked 90th-180th.

In Seoul, Emma Raducanu showed that it’s possible to command the Pole around the pitch if your shots have a little more momentum. Lucrezia Stefanini may not have had any major wins in her career so far, but she is to win. This can be very helpful in a match where you have nothing to lose. Her run at Caldas da Rainha was mighty impressive and she will be eager to continue her run on the surface. Any sign of weakness and Stefanini will fall.

Prognosis: Stefanini in the 3
Embed from Getty Images

Alize Cornet vs Laura Pigossi

Head to head: first date

Pigossi has the quality to safely return to the top 100. Her run to the final in Bogota earlier this year proved that and showed she could be a contender for years to come – at least on a clay court. The Brazilian’s game is designed for this surface as she has only had one Tour-qualifying hard court win in her career.

Pigossi picked up some hard-court victories in the Billie Jean King Cup a few weeks ago, but she’s bound to find out against top-flight opponents. Alize Cornet is a quality opposition. She can be vulnerable at times but for the most part this year she has brought a very high level of play to the pitch especially on a hard court.

Prediction: Cornet in 2nd

main picture:
Embed from Getty Images

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *