Petra Martic in action ahead of the WTA Tokyo Open.

WTA Monastir Day 2 predictions including Martic vs Fruhvirtova

Monastir, a place known to tennis hipsters for hosting a multitude of ITFs each season, is now hosting its first WTA Tour-level event with home star Ons Jabeur leading the draw. The Tunisian and other stars of the event like Veronika Kudermetova or Petra Martic will play their openers on Tuesday. As always, here at LWOT Preview and Prediction every game. Who do you think will win?

WTA Monastir day 2 predictions

Anastasia Potapova vs Mirra Andreeva

Head to head: first meeting

Potapova has had a solid season on the Main Tour, staying around the world No. 50 rankings. The Russian won her first WTA title in Istanbul earlier this season and reached another final in Prague. Andreeva, a 15-year-old junior No. 12, will make her WTA peloton debut here as a wildcard recipient.

The young Russian has had a very promising season and reached the quarter-finals in the juniors Roland Garros and US Open and won three ITF titles that season. Andreeva is certainly one to watch in the future and it will be interesting to see how she fares against a solid Tour mainstay in Potapova, a former promising junior who herself reached No. 1 in 2016. The 21-year-old should take care of the business.
Prediction: Potapova in 2

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Magdalena Frech against Yasmine Mansouri

Head to head: first meeting

Frech had a rough season on the Main Tour, struggling for wins week in and week out. The Pole begins a three-game losing streak but gets a good opportunity to break it with a favorable draw in Monastir. Mansouri has 45 wins in 71 games but they have mostly been at ITF 15 and have only won one title. The 21-year-old has risen in the rankings to a career-high 574 but has an interesting advantage over Frech that is familiarity. Mansouri has already played 20 tournaments in M0nastir this season and spent most of the season there. Nevertheless, Frech’s level should be too high here.
Prognosis: cheeky in 2

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Tamara Zidansek versus Marina Bassol’s Ribera

Head to head: first meeting

After a solid start to the season for Zidansek, he reached a semi-final in Adelaide and a third round at the Australian Open, the Slovenian fought for the rest. The 24-year-old was unable to successfully defend her semifinals at the French Open and is now out of the top 100 after a 14:19 season. Last week in Parma, Zidansek lost to Simona Waltert in straight sets.

Bassols Ribera has been quite strong on the ITF circuit, going 37-21 and winning an ITF 60 while reaching the final of another. This week, the Spaniard started in qualifiers, coming back from a loss to Olivia Tjandramulia and winning after the elimination of Harmony Tan after the first set of their match. Zidansek was out of form but Bassols Ribera’s performances in qualifying weren’t very convincing so I’ll focus more on the Slovenian this time.
Prognosis: Zidansek in 2

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Petra Martic vs. Linda Fruhvirtova

Head to head: first meeting

Possibly the most balanced and exciting match-up of the day, with the experienced Martic opposite Rising Star by Fruhvirtova. The two come in with very solid records, Martic at 32-19 while the young Czech went 27-16 but their seasons have been quite different. The 31-year-old has put in solid performances throughout the year, including a quarter-final at Indian Wells, Wimbledon fourth round and her third career WTA title in Lausanne. Last week, Martic looked good again as she defeated Karolina Pliskova en route to the quarterfinals in Tokyo.

Fruhvirtova started 2022 at number 279 in the rankings, has now climbed over 200 places and is guaranteed a main draw entry at the Australian Open. The 17-year-old started her season with an ITF 25 title in Cancun before bursting onto the scene with a fourth-round run in Miami. Fruhvirtova then didn’t get another deep run until the US Open, where she successfully qualified for her first Slam main draw and picked up a win before losing to Garbine Muguruza. The Czech would then get that first WTA title of her career in Chennai just two weeks later.

Fruhvirtova was the top seed in qualifying this week, earning a bye before saving three match points against Rebeka Masarova to qualify. It’s close, but I’ll be going here with Martic, who’s more used to the week-long rut of the Tour. The Croatian has also not suffered a first-round defeat since Eastbourne in June.
Prediction: Martic in 3

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