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WTA Bad Homburg Day 1 Predictions

Our second set of WTA Bad Homburg Day 1 predictions includes the likes of Sloane Stephens and Ludmilla Samsonova. All the players taking part this week will be eager to find their form on the grass before Wimbledon, even if the Grand Slam won’t be worth any ranking points this year. Russians and Belarusians like Samsonova will be especially keen to make their mark, as players from those two nations will be sitting out Wimbledon this year. With that in mind, let’s take a look at these four matches and who should win them. As always, feel free to share any thoughts or comments you may have using the comments section below.

WTA Bad Homburg Day 1 Predictions

Lucia Bronzetti vs. Kaja Juvan

Face to face: First meeting

Kaja Juvan is the clear favorite here. The young Slovenian has much more experience on grass and was Wimbledon junior champion in 2017. By contrast, Lucia Bronzetti has played only two grass-court matches at ITF level or higher in her career. As such, it will likely take the Italian a while to adjust to the surface. That’s not an ideal situation to be against someone as aggressive as Juvan. Juvan has been a rising star on tour for some time now and 2022 looks set to be the year that she will cement herself as one of the best players in women’s football. I expect good things from here in the next few weeks and she should get one of the many wins to come here against Bronzetti.

Prediction: Juvan in 3
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Veronika Kudermetova vs. Anna Kalinskaya

Head-to-head: 1 – 0 Kudermetova

Both players are having great years on the WTA Tour, so it’s a real shame that neither is making Wimbledon this year. Both Veronika Kudermetova and Anna Kalinskaya are Russian and will miss out on the third Grand Slam of the year as a result. However, they can still make an impact away from Wimbledon. Both will like their chances of a deep run here if they can get past this tricky first hurdle. Kudermetova has a superior serve and more power off the ground. However, Kalinskaya has more variety in her game. Power often wins on the WTA, so I’m backing Kudermetova here, but I’m hoping for a close contest that may well go the distance.

Prediction: Kudermetova in 3
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Ludmilla Samsonova vs Kamilla Rakhimova

Head-to-head: 1 – 0 Samsonova

Samsonova should win this match and do it convincingly. The Russian won her first WTA grass-court title last year and looked terrific doing it. When players discover grass, they tend to perform well on the surface year after year. As such, he should do well on the surface eventually despite a poor start on grass so far. She won’t be participating in Wimbledon, which means she should be even more determined to make an impact here. Rakhimova is a talented young player who is likely to have a bright future on tour. However, I can’t see her being able to handle Samsonova’s power in this one.

Prediction: Samsonova at 2
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Sloane Stephens vs. Katie Swan

Face to face: First meeting

Katie Swan was once the darling of British tennis and many expected her to break into the top 100 at some point in her career. However, that never materialized and her chance may have passed her by. A deep run in a tournament like this could change all that, but I don’t think it will happen here. Stephens has found some good tennis in recent weeks and is a Grand Slam champion in her prime. At her worst, she’s been surprisingly bad, but those moments seem to be behind her now and she seems more consistent, if not spectacular. The American isn’t very comfortable on grass, but she has more than enough talent to make up for it and get a win here.

Predictions: Stephens at 2
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