WTA Rome, 1st round: Pavlyuchenkova v Ivanovic (20:00)

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Ivanovic leads their previous meetings 7-1. Their last match was in October last year. Ivanovic won in straight sets on a hard court. She leads 2-0 on clay.

Pavlyuchenkova was in a bit of a slump form wise but played decent tennis last week. She took Cibulkova to 3 sets and perhaps would have won but for a niggling injury.

Ivanovic hasn’t been at her best either. She needed 3 sets to beat Siniakova last week and then lost to Chirico. Backing her this season has been scary

This can go either way so value at the start is on Pavlyuchenkova.  I can see her getting into a winning position but is lacking a little in confidence when things start to go against her. Three sets seems likely.

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