WTA Italian Open, Rome: Zhang v Buzarnescu

Zhang raised her level in Prague but long term clay form is stronger for Buzarnescu

Due to start at 2:30 pm

Zhang 2.20, Buzarnescu 1.81

Zhang has won both of their previous matches. They last met in an ITF final in November 2017. Zhang won on a hard court in straight sets. The other match was back in 2012 on clay and she also won in 2 sets.

Buzarnescu has stronger overall results in the last 12 months and also in 2018. Their clay results this season are even but Buzarnescu has much better 12 month clay results. She won 78% of her matches compared to 50% of clay matches won by Zhang.

Mihaela Buzarnescu

Zhang boosted her clay results by reaching the semi finals in Prague two weeks ago. She reached the third round at the French Open last season but other than that her clay results are weak.

Buzarnescu reached the final in Prague losing to Kvitova in 3 sets in the final. She had superb clay results in ITF tournaments last season.

The sets could be close but I have to favour Buzarnescu on clay. Back her above 2.00.

Update: Buzarnescu was a break of serve ahead in both sets but this wasn’t one of her best days.

Zhang won 6-3, 7-6.

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