There is no shortage of star attractions at the WTA Jasmin Open in Monastir. There are some exciting games ahead, including the expected return of top seed Ons Jabeur to Tunisia. We predict all ten games on schedule on a packed Day 2 of the event. Who reaches the second round?
WTA Monastir day 2 predictions
Evgeniya Rodina vs. Elena Gabriela Ruse
Head to head: Russia 1-0 Rodina
Ruse has to shake off that awful defeat in the qualifiers in Tallinn a week ago. It’s been a season of many low points for the Romanian, who now hovers outside the top 100. For her part, Rodina is playing her second tournament after a two-year hiatus. And the Russian exceeded expectations US Open when she was stunned French Open Semi-finalist Martina Trevisan straight out of the gate. And as if to prove that the win was no fluke, she took a set from Ajla Tomljanovic in a narrow loss in the second round. The 33-year-old is in 556th place, but has redeemed her protected position. If her last two matches are anything, there’s a good chance she’ll upset the apple cart here.
Prognosis: Rodina in the 3
Diane Parry vs Lesia Tsurenko
Head to head: first date
Tsurenko arrives in Tunisia with shoulder problems that forced her to abandon her quarter-final game in Portoroz. The Ukrainian has a terrifying fitness record, with six out in 2022. Their durability is very questionable. In contrast, Parry has reached quarter-finals or better in four tournaments in the second half of the campaign and is currently at a career-high ranked 65th. The Frenchwoman has a certain artistic flair to her game. Her elegant one-handed shot isn’t the kind of shot you often see on the WTA Tour. Her keen court sensibility is also not something you would associate with a 20-year-old. If this goes the distance, Parry should be heavily favored to come out on top.
Prognosis: Parry in 3
Veronika Kudermetova vs Varvara Gracheva
Head to head: Kudermetova 1-0 Gracheva
Kudermetova is close to breaking into the world top 10 for the first time. She’s hit deep runs at Grand Slam level while also being equally impressive in Tour-level tournaments. However, she is still denied a first title of the season after falling in the semifinals in Tokyo. That shouldn’t dampen her spirits this week. She has a great draw. And apart from that Jabeur (which she might face in the finals), it’s hard to see anyone getting close to her electric serve.
Prognosis: Kudermetova in the 2nd
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