WTA Australian Open: Vondrousova v Cirstea

Third round

Vondrousova (1.67) v Cirstea (2.44)

Due to start at Midnight

This will be the first time they played.

Their long term win percentages on all surfaces are pretty even. Cirstea has better results in the last year. She also leads on hard courts.

Sorana Cirstea had an easy first round win over Patricia Maria Tig. She lost just 3 games. She beat Petra Kvitova in 3 sets in the last round. She was a huge underdog. I had expected her to take Kvitova to 3 sets but was surprised to see her take the place in the third round. She was broken 5 times in their 3 sets and hit 8 double faults. Last week she reached the quarter finals in the Grampians Trophy. She won the title in the ITF hard court tournament in December. Despite being an ITF event there were some excellent players taking part. She made the third round at the US Open and the second round at the Australian Open in 2020.

Sorana Cirstea – Photo: Tennis World USA

Marketa Vondrousova dropped a set to Rebecca Peterson in the first round. She was more comfortable in the last round against Rebecca Marino. Marino had come through the qualifying rounds. She had 11 chances to break the Vondrousova serve but only converted 2 of those chances. She played well last week in the Yarra Valley Classic and reached the semi finals where she lost easily to Garbine Muguruza. She reached the second round at the US Open in August and lost in the first round of the Australian Open in 2020.

Cirstea is in great form and i give her the edge to take a close match. The value is on her. Lay Vondrousova around 1.40 and remove or reduce your liability at 1.80. Back Cirstea if she lose the first set.

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