Shuai Zhang vs Mihaela Buzarnescu Tennis Prediction
Zhang has won both of her past meetings with Buzarnescu, a French Open qualifying match in 2012 (7-5 6-2) and the final of ITF Tokyo $100k in 2017 (clay, 6-4 6-0). However, Buzarnescu has improved vastly since their last meeting and has been crossing milestones this season.
Shuai Zhang News
Shuai Zhang is bidding for her first win at Internazionali BNL d’Italia since she reached the quarterfinals of the tournament in 2014 (def. Kvitova). It was her career’s first clay quarterfinal run, which ended with a 6-1 6-3 loss to the defending champion S. Williams.
Zhang recorded her first WTA semifinal at a clay tournament earlier this month at Prague Open, by blowing away Stefanie Voegele, Elena-Gabriela Ruse and Jasmine Paolini in straight sets, before running into the eventual champion Petra Kvitova.
The Chinese #1 followed it up by a surprise victory over the Indian Wells champion Naomi Osaka, 6-1 7-5 at Mutua Madrid Open. It was her first top 100 win since upsetting the reigning US Open champion Sloane Stephens at the Australian Open.
Mihaela Buzarnescu News
Mihaela Buzarnescu, who celebrated her 30th birthday earlier this month, is the oldest debutante in the Rome draw. She advanced to her second career final at Prague Open a couple of weeks ago, defeating former finalist Kr. Pliskova and Camila Giorgi.
This runner-up finish has given Buzarnescu a new career-high rank of #32. The Romanian’s first WTA final came at Hobart (Australia) this January, by prevailing over Alize Cornet, Alison Riske and Tsurenko (l. to defending champion Mertens).
Tennis Prediction: Shuai Zhang