Kateryna Baindl

Day 1 WTA Budapest predictions including Babos vs Baindl

Wimbledon just ended, but tennis famously never stops, the main draw of the WTA Budapest kicks off on Monday with five matches to be played. Barbora Krejčíková should be the main star of the event as the best seed, the likes of Martina Trevisan or Yulia Putintseva will also compete. As always, we’ll preview and predict every match here at LWOT. Who do you think will win?

Day 1 WTA Budapest Predictions

Lesia Tsurenko vs Carolina Alves

Head-to-head: first meeting

The Ukrainian veteran is coming off a strong season, posting a 21-11 record thanks to deep runs on grass, including the third round at Wimbledon. Alves is looking for her first win on the WTA 250 circuit, looking really strong in wins over Ekaterina Reyngold and Gabriela Lee, who dropped just nine games in two matches. Alves is in good form so she could very well win this match, but I’m leaning towards Tsurenko’s experience here.
Prediction: Tsurenko in 3

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Kamilla Rakhimova vs Elena-Gabriela Ruse

Head-to-head: first meeting

Rakhim has won several matches on grass, but has not won a single match on clay since the Madrid qualifiers and is on a six-game losing streak on the surface. Ruse is also on a losing streak on the season, winning just one of her last seven matches. The Romanian was not the favorite in any of the matches, but he should be in this one. Ruse has had some impressive wins this season, defeating Paula Badosa or Shelby Rogers, and I expect her to win here as well.
Prediction: Russia for 2

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Aliaksandra Sasnovich vs Fanny Stollar

Head-to-head: first meeting

It’s been a strong season for Sasnovich, including fourth-round runs at the French Open and Miami, earning him a 26-13 record. Stollar did not receive a wild card despite her nationality, but had an easy time of it in qualifying as Renata Zarazua retired in the second set before defeating Marina Bassols Ribera in straight sets. The Hungarian was considered a decent prospect earlier in her career, winning the junior doubles title at Wimbledon and reaching No. 114 as a professional, but has struggled for deep runs at the ITF level over the past few seasons. It would take a special performance from the 23-year-old to upset Sasnovič.
Prediction: Sasnovich in 2

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Bernard Pera vs Marina Bassols Ribera

Head-to-head: first meeting

Pera has been a strong clay courter throughout her career, struggling to establish herself on other surfaces, but always thanks to a decent result on clay. The American reached the final of the WTA 125 tournament in Karlsruhe at the start of the season, including a win over Jule Niemeier, but outside of that, she has not recorded any significant results on clay. However, Pera absolutely blew through the qualifiers, losing only five games against Katarina Zavatská and Sofia Shapatava. Bassols Ribera had two ITF titles, 60 in Madrid and 25 in Palma del Rio, and went on an eleven-match winning streak before losing to Fanny Stollar in the final qualifying round. The Spaniard enters as a happy loser, but I don’t see her having much of a chance against Péra.
Prediction: Pens for 2

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Kateryna Baindl vs Timea Babos

Head-to-head matches: Baindl 1-1 Babos

Match of the day in Budapest. Baindl, formerly Kozlova, has already made it to the quarterfinals twice in Budapest. The Ukrainian struggled earlier in the season but showed good form in July when he reached the final of the ITF 60 in Montpellier before qualifying here. There, Baindl defeated Daniela Seguel and Rebeka Stolmar, both in straight sets. Babos, a former No. 25 singles and world No. 1 doubles player, has struggled over the past few seasons. The 29-year-old is down at No. 290 in the rankings and needed a wild card to enter, which she certainly got as a former champion in 2017. Babos is looking to regain her old form in her hometown tournament, but the in-form Baindl is likely to beat her here.
Predictions: Baindl in 2

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