Cristian vs Petkovic: will experience help Andrea?
In the second round match of Cluj-Napoca tournament Jaqueline Cristian will play against Andrea Petkovic on August 4. Who will advance into the next round? You can find out in our prediction.
Jaqueline Cristian is currently at the 149th position of WTA rankings and she lacks consistency in the current season. Romanian player had a successful tournament at Saint-Petersburg in March, where she started from qualification and reached the quarter-final. She failed to extend that success though.
Nonetheless, we should mention that in two recent tournaments at Palermo and at Belgrade Cristian won three matches in the main draw, so she gained a decent form for the home tournament at Cluj-Napoca. In the first round Jaqueline easily beat Jani (6:1, 6:2).
33-year old Andrea Petkovic is still in Top-100 and she is looking great at European clay tournaments this summer. An experienced German player reached the final of home tournament in Hamburg and the semi-final in Belgrade.
Petkovic started a Romanian tournament with a victory over Dulgheru in the first round. Only first set of this match was contested, Andrea's opponent had to leave the court during the second set due to injury.
In three of five most recent matches of Petkovic more than nine games were played in the first set
In two of four most recent Cristian's matches tiebreaks were played
Cristian lacks consistency throughout the season, but in a home tournament she will try to put up her best performance. But her opponent is an experienced Petkovic, who is in a wonderful form now. We think that German player will have more chances of winning this match.
Our prediction - Petkovic to win
In predictions for Petkovic's matches we often mention that she rarely leaves the court without a fight. Andrea also doesn't have too many easy victories recently. We think that it will be a long match.
Our second bet is on total over 21 games