Errani vs Kalinina: prediction for the WTA Portoroz match
In the first round of Portoroz tournament Sara Errani will play against Anhelina Kalinina on September 14. Should we expect a sensation? The answer is in our prediction.
Sara Errani's career is coming to an end, but 34-year old player is trying to hold on to her position in Top-100. She is currently at 110th position in WTA rankings.
Despite the most recent Portoroz tournament was held in 2010, Errani has a great memories about this place. She won a title here in 2008 and in the next year she reached the final. Errani played her most recent official match at US Open. In the first round of Grand Slam tournament Italian player was eliminated by Alexandrova (3:6, 2:6).
2021 season is surely a successful one for Anhelina Kalinina. Ukrainian player won four ITF tournaments and reached the final of WTA tournament in Budapest. After those achievements Kalinina rose to the 64th position in WTA rankings, it is the best result in her career.
We should note that Kalinina achieved those results on clay surface. She is not so successful on hard - only four victories in nine matches. At the recent Grand Slam tournament at New York she was eliminated in the first round by Angelique Kerber (3:6, 2:6).
This bet was successful in three most recent matches of Errani
In three most recent matches of Kalinina no more than eight games were played in the second set
Both players are feeling more comfortable on clay surface. Kalinina is a clear favourite of the match at clay tournament in Portoroz, because she is more successful during this season and she ranked higher than her opponent. But Errani can put up a surprise due to her experience and style of play, we saw it a number of times during this season. Portoroz is a special tournament for her, so she won't experience the lack of motivation.
Our prediction - Errani to win
Experienced Italian player rarely records confident victories lately. But Errani always fights until the end, so she is unlikely to leave the court without a fight.
Our second bet is on total over 20 games