Liu vs Rybakina: confident start for Elena in San Jose?
Claire Liu couldn't do anything in the match against Rybakina at the Wimbledon, losing in straight sets. On August 5, players will meet each other once again in the second round of San Jose tournament. Will Kazakhstani player record a confident victory? The answer is in our prediction.
Claire Liu is on her way to the Top-100 of WTA rankings, but currently she is on the 108th position. In the current season Claire is pretty successful on ITF tournaments, she won two titles.
In the first round of San Jose tournament Liu managed to beat Yastremska, who is in a bad form. American player needed three sets to record a victory (6:3, 4:6, 6:4).
Elena Rybakina will start the San Jose tournament since the second round. Kazakhstan representative is coming to USA after a questionable performance at the Olympic Games. Elena was very close to the final, but she was beaten by Bencic in three sets (6:7, 6:3, 4:6). In the match for a bronze medal Rybakina was ahead, but failed to win the second set over Svitolina and after that Elina just couldn't let the victory slip away (6:1, 6:7, 4:6).
It is hard to assess Rybakina's current emotional state. Though, we can mention that she knows her opponent quite well. In the second round of 2021 Wimbledon tournament Elena recorded a confident victory over Liu (6:4, 6:4).
In three out of four most recent matches of Rybakina total of the second set was not higher than nine games
In three most recent matches of Claire Liu more games were played in the second set than in the first one
Claire Liu doesn't possess a powerful serve to compete against Rybakina on hard court. Overall, Elena beats lower-ranked and less experienced opponents quite easily. In our prediction we are expecting another confident victory from Elena.
Our prediction - Rybakina to win with a handicap of (-4) games
Prediction: Handicap (-4) on Rybakina
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In the recent match at London opponents played 20 games. We are not expecting more games in San Jose.
Our second bet is on total under 21 games