Giorgi (1.90) v Paterson (2.08)
Due to start around 6 pm
Their head to heads are 1-1. They last met in September 2019 on a hard court in Wuhan. Giorgi retired. Giorgi won on a hard court in Washington, Also in 2019. She won in 3 sets.
Overall results favour Peterson in the last 12 months. Giorgi has better 2020 results. Peterson has stronger long term clay results.
Giorgi reached the 3rd round of the French Open in 2018. She had some good results that season including a semi final in Prague and a quarter final finish in Lugano. She has not played on clay since 2018.
Peterson has won just 2 of her 6 matches in 2020. She ended last season with a hard court title in Tianjin in October. Her last match on clay was her second round loss to Donna Vekic at last year’s French Open. Her best clay results were in ITF tournaments before she made the move up to the main WTA tour in 2019.
It is tricky to predict the winner. I give Giorgi the edge but I think we will get 3 sets. Lay Peterson if she breaks first and remove the liability when Giorgi breaks back. Lay the set 1 winner.
Update: Peterson took the first break of serve and led 3-1. Giorgi immediately broke back and a late break gave her the set. In set 2 she took a double break lead. Giorgi was broken serving for the match at 5-2 but managed to serve out at 5-4.
Giorgi won 7-5, 6-4.
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