??☀️ Palermo Ladies Open – R1 Preview + Prediction
?? (1) Petra Martic vs. ?? Alison Van Uytvanck
The top seeded Petra Martic begins her Palermo Ladies Open campaign with a first round clash against Belgium’s Alison Van Uytvanck.
Both Martic and Van Uytvanck did not compete in any exhibition events during the tour shutdown, so both come into this match with a limited form guide. The pair both achieved their best result of the season just before the layoff, Martic made the semi-finals in Dubai, whilst Van Uytvanck made the semi-finals in Lyon.
Martic was victorious in the only previous match between the pair, a 7/6 6/3 win for the Croatian at the Australian Open in 2018.
Petra Martic excelled on clay in 2019, Martic amassed a 16/3 win/loss record on the red dirt which included a title in Istanbul and a quarter-final appearance at Roland Garros. Conversely Van Uytvanck achieved a mediocre 4/4 win/loss record in tour level matches on clay in the same year.
I will side with Martic here, the top seed should be a class above Van Uytvanck. The greater versatility and reliability in the Martic game should see her through.