Claire Liu in action ahead of the WTA Monastir Open.

WTA Monastir Day 1 predictions including Liu vs Konjuh

The WTA Monastir Open is the first tour-level tournament to be held in Tunisia. The 28-woman field will be led by number 2 and hometown hero Ons Jabeur, who will play on day two of the event. There are six games scheduled for day one and as always here at LWOT we will be offering our predictions for each game including Alizé Cornet vs Laura Pigossi. But who will come out on top?f

WTA Monastir day 1 predictions

Katerina Siniakova vs Chloe Paquet

Head to head: Siniakova 1:0 packet

Katerina Siniakova didn’t even have time to take the champagne off the ice after her double success at the US Open alongside Krejcikova. Less than 24 hours after winning the title, she was on the first flight to Slovenia. I was amazed that she even won a match in Portoroz, let alone won the whole tournament. Her singles career had stagnated before Portoroz, but now she is a rejuvenated player. Expect her to step on the gas and control the case against world No. 114 Chloe Paquet.

Prediction: Siniakova in 2
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Elise Mertens vs. Jacqueline Cristian

Head to head: first date

Elise Mertens has won six WTA titles in the past five seasons, outperforming her opponents with stamina and endurance. However, she did not come out of the blocks this season, partly due to injuries. Cristian has a similar rocky path behind him in 2022 sustained a serious knee injury at the Qatar Open in February. Out of action for six months, she made her comeback at the US Open. Her return was a win in itself, although she lost 6-3, 6-0 to Anett Kontaveit. Mertens can go insane, especially in a baseline fight. She wasn’t in great form but she should take her chances from the back of the pitch in this clash.

Prognosis: Mertens in the 3rd
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Claire Liu vs Ana Konjuh

Head to head: Liu 1-0 Konjuh

Konjuh is another player who has gone through hell with a long list of injuries during her career. She failed to live up to her teenage potential on the main tour. The Croatian has earned a reputation for beating her opponents into submission with brute force and aggression. She had almost flawless technique as she unleashed her groundstrokes. But injuries have hampered her movement and her ability to find her points. Your game is riddled with countless bugs. Liu, for her part, comes firmly into the top 100 after Tunisia. Her run in the quarterfinals in Tokyo took her 73rd place finish to a new career high. The odds are almost even here and this could go either way. At the moment I take the more consistent American.

Prediction: Liu in 3

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