??☀️ Palermo Ladies Open – R1 Preview + Prediction
?? (4) Anett Kontaveit vs. ?? Maria Patricia Tig
The 4th seeded Anett Kontaveit restarts her 2020 season with an opening round clash against Romania’s Maria Patricia Tig at the Palermo Ladies Open on Tuesday.
The head-to-head record between the pair is split at 1 win apiece. Both prior meetings between the pair took place in 2015. Kontaveit won 3/6 6/0 6/1 on a hard court in Vancouver, Tig won 6/3 6/3 on an indoor hard court in St. Petersburg.
Kontaveit and Tig both enter this tournament off limited preparation. Tig didn’t take place in any exhibition events during the tour shutdown while Kontaveit did play a one-off match against Jelena Ostapenko last week which she won in 3 sets.
I believe this match will be closer than the odds suggest. Kontaveit is a very big favorite and on paper the Estonian looks the logical winner. However, Tig is a tough player on a clay court and on her day, she has what it takes to make this very close. I’ll give the benefit of the doubt to Kontaveit who is generally a class above the Romanian.