Alize Cornet in action at the WTA Monastir Open.

WTA Monastir day 3 predictions including cornet vs darts

Legendary ITF site Monastir has successfully completed its first full round of Main Tour tennis on the WTA Tour. Home star Ons Jabeur survived the opening round, as did six of the other seven seeds. It should be another fun day at the WTA Monastir Open on Day 3 and as always here at LWOT we watch and predict every match but who will come out on top?

WTA Monastir day 3 predictions

Katerina Siniakova vs Claire Liu

Head to head: first date

World doubles No. 1 Siniakova has found good form after struggling in the first half of the season. The Czech comes into this match on a six-game winning streak after beating Wimbledon champion Elena Rybakina to clinch the title in Portoroz before beating Chloe Paquet in the first round at the WTA Monastir Open.

Claire Liu, on the other hand, has had some puzzles over the past few tournaments, suffering first-round losses once in four of her last five. However, the one where she made it through the first round was Tokyo, where she had good wins over Alison Riske and Elise Mertens. In the first round, Liu achieved a comfortable win over Ana Konjuh here. It will be a close fight but Siniakova’s impressive current form must make her a favourite.

Prediction: Siniakova in 3
Embed from Getty Images

Diane Parry vs. Lucrezia Stefanini

Head to head: Parry 1-1 Stefanini

Diane Parry had a mediocre season, reached a couple of Main Tour semifinals and had a big moment in Paris when she eliminated defending champion Barbora Krejcikova at Roland Garros without ever really finding a consistent level. The 20-year-old knocked out her compatriot Harmony Tan in the opening lap. Lucrezia Stefanini has been a fixture on the ITF circuit this year with two ITF 60 titles and one ITF 25 title.

The Italian is on an eight-game win streak and looks in fine form. She won one of her aforementioned ITF 60s at Caldas da Rainha before getting into Monastir qualifiers. Stefanini defeated Isabella Shinikova in three sets before allowing veteran Heather Watson just four games. In the main draw, she was responsible for the loss of the only seeded player in the first round and defeated Magda Linette 6-4 in the third round. Her current form makes Stefanini an easy favorite.

Prognosis: Stefanini in the 2
Embed from Getty Images

Elise Mertens vs Despina Papamichail

Head to head: first date

Outside of the Slams, where Elise Mertens reached week two three times, it’s been a largely disappointing year for the Belgian on the tour. Mertens is aiming to reach her first quarter-final since Strasbourg in May, quite a surprising statistic for a player known for her consistency. However, the 26-year-old performed well in the first round, conceding just two games to Jacqueline Cristian.

Despina Papamichail has had a mediocre season on the ITF Tour and currently holds a losing record of 30-32. This week, however, the Greek successfully qualified against Ines Ibbou and Kristina Mladenovic before coming back to defeat Zhu Lin 1-6, 7-6, 6-0 in a thrilling first-round encounter. Despite Mertens’ poor form, the Belgian should show her level here and take the win.

Prognosis: Mertens in the 2
Embed from Getty Images

Alize Cornet vs. Harriet Dart

Head to head: first meeting

Despite a 23-22 record, Alize Cornet had one of the most memorable seasons of her career. The 32-year-old reached her first Slam quarterfinal at the Australian Open and ended Iga Swiatek’s 36-match winning streak at Wimbledon. Form has been less impressive in Tour events, but Cornet looked solid in her opener against Laura Pigossi. Despite the 25-25 year standings, Dart had some nice highlights in 2022 as well, reaching the fourth round at Indian Wells and a quarter-final at Eastbourne. The Brit looked good in the first round, beating Nuria Parrizas-Diaz 6-2, 6-4. This should be an interesting match but Cornet should be just ahead.

Prediction: Cornet in 3

main picture:
Embed from Getty Images

Leave a Comment

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