The first match of the Romania – Russia Fed Cup clash will take place between young Gabriela Ruse and Ekaterina Alexandrova, the fresh winner of the Shenzen trophy from the beginning of this year.
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◾️The 22-year-old Romanian player currently ranks 166th in the WTA rankings, the best career ranking so far.
◾️He also focused in the last seasons especially on ITF level tournaments, of small size, managing to reach the upper stages of several such tournaments.
◾️He has the opportunity to prove in this match that he is a key player in the Fed Cup team, but the match against Russia is very difficult.
◾️The young player from Russia, aged 24, crosses the best period of his career, currently occupying 28th place in the WTA standings.
◾️He made an excellent start to the season, managing to win the Shenzen tournament, losing a single set throughout the tournament.
◾️He comes to Cluj after a successful 3rd round at the Australian Open, where he was defeated by Czech Petra Kvitova.
▪️The two players have not met so far in the circuit, the first official direct confrontation will take place.
▪️Ekaterina Alexandrova is the most experienced player, 1.50 is the odds for the victory of romance in minimum sets.
▪️Gabriela Ruse is trying to make a solid match in front of her fans, 2.50 is the odds for a set won by the Romanian in this match.
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Elena Gabriela Ruse
◽️Elena Gabriela Ruse, occupying the 166th place in the WTA standings, debuted on Friday, in the company of Ekaterina Alexandrova, in the confrontation of Romania against the similar representative of Russia, on the way of our country’s selection to Budapest, the place of the final tournament.
◽️The sportswoman born in Bucharest 22 years ago comes to Cluj after the elimination suffered in the sixteenth round of the ITF tournament organized in Andrezieux-Boutheon, in France, where she gave up in three sets, score 6-4, 1-6, 1- 6 ahead of Dutch Arantxa Rus, 77th place WTA.
◽️It should also be mentioned that Elena Gabriela Ruse did not succeed in this season debut accessing the main table of the Grand Slam in Melbourne, this being defeated in the final round of the qualifying phase, with a double 1-6 by Caty McNally, players from the United States.
◽️On the other hand, 4 times the winner of the competition, last time in the 2008 edition, in Spain, the national representative of Russia is based on the confrontation from Cluj on the excellent form shown in this debut of the tennis year born in Chelyabinsk, in 1994, Ekaterina Alexandrova.
◽️The world number 28, Alexandrova started the new year in force, just as the previous one (when it was imposed in the last act of the 125k WTA tournament in Limoges), she managed to win the Shenzhen Open trophy, winning 6- 2, 6-4 final disputed against Elena Rybakina, 25th place WTA.
◽️However, Alexandrova did not impress during the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, in Australia, stopping in the sixteenth round of the competition, defeated by Petra Kvitova, 11th place WTA, in two sets, score 1- 6, 2-6.
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Elena Gabriela Ruse
◾️It occupies the 118th place in the world double hierarchy.
◾️Throughout his professional career he has won 6 ITF trophies, all on clay, the last one in the summer of 2017, in Arad.
◾️64.1% is the percentage of points won by Gabriela Ruse in the WTA competitions disputed a year ago.
◾️Also a year ago he won 17 of the 28 matches played on the hard surface.
◾️It is called for the first time at the national lot for the Fed Cup.
◾️She is coached by Petr Kralert, but also by her father, Evgeny Alexandrov.
◾️He has won 4 WTA trophies, all won on the hard.
◾️He has lost only one of the last 13 matches played in the professional circuit.
◾️He played 71 games in 2019, on all areas, winning 44 of them.
◾️He managed 31 aces and made 26 double mistakes in the WTA competitions held earlier this year.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Elena Gabriela Ruse vs Ekaterina Alexandrova
Even if she has the whole room in Cluj against her, the difference in experience between the two and the form of the game is a considerable one in favor of the Russian player, who is trying to bring an important first point to her team.
I expect a rather unbalanced match, in which the Russian will control the ball exchanges without problems.
So I bet on a clear victory of Ekaterina Alexandrova, in minimum sets in this match.
Prediction Today: E. Alexandrova 2-0