??☀️ Palermo Ladies Open – R1 Preview + Prediction
?? Camila Giorgi vs. ?? Rebecca Peterson
The top ranked Italian Camila Giorgi will begin her Palermo Ladies Open campaign with a tricky opening round clash against Sweden’s Rebecca Peterson on Tuesday.
Both Giorgi and Peterson did not take place in any exhibition events during the official tour’s shutdown. Therefore, the pair enter this opening round clash with a very limited form guide.
This is a match-up of contrasting styles, the all-out aggressive game of Giorgi compared to Peterson who is much steadier and likes to construct points from the baseline with her strong forehand.
The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece, both meetings took place in 2019. Peterson led 6-2 before Giorgi retired in their most recent match in Wuhan last year. The only completed match between the two took place in Washington last year where Giorgi won 3/6 6/3 6/4. This will be their first match on a clay court surface.
I will side with Peterson here. Clay is easily the preferred surface for Peterson whilst clay is probably Giorgi’s least preferred surface. Giorgi is erratic at the best of times, so I expect her to be rusty here given the Italian hasn’t played a competitive match for almost 4 months. Peterson should be solid enough to capitalize on the errors.