Day 1 of the WTA event in Ostrava will not feature any of the four top 10 players taking part in this tournament, but it will surely still feature plenty of high-level action, including the youngest ones Wimbledon Master Elena Rybakinaand other former Grand Slam champions in Petra Kvitova and Victoria Azarenka.
WTA Ostrava day 1 predictions
Ajla Tomljanovic vs. Shuai Zhang
Head to head: Tomljanovic 3-3 Zhang
Just as the head-to-head game suggests, this is an extremely even duel between two players of similar level and rank. It will get in shape that day and recently Tomljanović seemed to be in a little better shape and she has a small advantage. However, it should be a very hard fought match, decided by small details.
Forecast: Tomljanovic in 3
Jil Teichmann vs. Tereza Martincová
Head to head: Martincová 1: 0 Teichmann
Both players have struggled a lot lately: Martincová has lost in the first two rounds of 16 of 23 tournaments she has competed in this season, while Teichmann has not reached a quarterfinal since the clay pigeon and most recently against a qualifier outside the top 100 has lost week in Tallinn. Both players will be desperate to regain a very important win and some momentum and it should be a very close match.
Forecast: Teichmann in the 3
Victoria Azarenka vs Ekaterina Alexandrova
Head to head: Azarenka 3-0 Alexandrova
The two players may only be separated by one place in the rankings (with an advantage over Alexandrova), but their pedigree is very different: Azarenka is a former world No. 1 and two-time Slam champion, while Alexadrova has never been in the top 20 or beyond came third slam round. Azarenka has also won all three previous encounters between the two and should come out on top again here, although all in all this should be Alexandrova’s best chance of finally clinching victory in this clash.
Head to head: Azarenka in the 3rd
Petra Kvitova vs. Bernarda Pera
Head to head: first date
Kvitova has had a tough season but has really turned around since Cincinnati and is back in the top 20. Pera, on the other hand, has been struggling lately and will find it really difficult to retain the former two-time Wimbledon champion. In this area, Kvitova should clearly have the edge.
Forecast: Kvitova in the 2
Madison Keys vs. Elena Rybakina
Head to head: Key 2-0 Rybakina
Rybakina is clearly subordinate due to Wimbledon does not offer ranking points this season, but both losses in this match came this year, suggesting she could just struggle against Keys’ game. It seems unlikely that she’ll lose to Keys for a third straight year, but she’ll definitely have her work cut out here.
predictions: Rybakina in the 3
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