On Thursday, August 6, 2020, not before 18.15, the match from the second round of the WTA Palermo is scheduled, between the Croatian Petra Martic (15 WTA) and the Russian Ludmila Samsonova (117 WTA).
The prognosis chosen for this unique duel in the women’s circuit is a favorable one for the player ranked with over 100 places higher in the WTA hierarchy.
Petra Martic: Team form, news and statistics
Petra (29 years old) confirmed her favorite status on Tuesday and won the first round duel with Alison Van Uytvanck without any problems, giving up only 3 games in total.
The Croatian seems to have reached full sports maturity and has a very effective game on slag.
The service is varied, predominantly with kick, the forehand is loaded with a lot of topspin and on the back he uses the defensive slice well.
Also, taking advantage of the large length, it handles excellently around the net.
Martic measures 1.81 meters in height and weighs only 63 kilograms, but despite its more fragile appearance, it is extremely woolly.
Ludmila Samsonova: Team form, news and statistics
Ludmila (21 years old) represented Italy until 2018, and then returned under the flag of Russia, her native country.
Although she has the attributes of a fast surface player, at 1.80 meters tall and 67 kilograms, Samsonova played mainly on slag in this first part of her professional career, with a record of 109 victories and 62 defeats.
At the 2019 edition of the Palermo tournament, she reached the semifinals, being eliminated by the future champion, Jill Belen Teichmann from Switzerland.
And then, as now, he started with qualifications.
After leaving the quarantine, Samsonova played 4 matches in July in the Italian National Tour and then another 4 in August in this tournament, winning them all.
However, the level of competitiveness was much lower, none of the opponents encountered so far being top.
The best ranked was the last victim – Kirsten Flipkens, 77th place in the world.Ț
🎾Statistics of direct matches Petra Martic vs Ludmila Samsonova
It will be the first direct duel between the two fighters.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Petra Martic vs Ludmila Samsonova
I bet with average confidence on a victory of the favorite player number 1 in the tournament in Sicily.
Petra proved in the first round that she is in good shape on the slag and defeated Van Uytvanck without giving up any break on her own service, score 6-0 6-3.
On the other hand, Samsonova already has 4 active matches, 3 in qualifiers and one on the main board with Flipkens, and in case of a longer confrontation it could pay tribute to the greater effort made in the last days of the competition, especially since it comes after a long competitive break, this being the first post-lockdown tournament.
Overall, Martic is superior in almost every chapter – service, forehand, backhand, is more mature and more experienced, with a varied and efficient game on slow surfaces.
Bet Tips: Martic win