Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs Carla Suarez Navarro, Cincinnati R1 Preview

Western & Southern Open, ??? Cincinnati R1 Preview + Prediction
?? Mirjana Lucic-Baroni vs ?? Carla Suarez Navarro

Mirjana Lucic-Baroni’s form has severely dropped away towards the second half of the year after a brilliant start to the year that saw her make history by reaching the semi-finals at the Australian Open. Lucic-Baroni has lost 7 of her last 9 matches and will be looking to reignite her season in Cincinnati, starting with a difficult first round clash against Carla Suarez Navarro. The Spaniard has won both of the previous matches between the pair and will like her chances of continuing her unbeaten record over the Croatian.

Lucic-Baroni and Suarez Navarro both started their U.S Open series campaigns last week in Toronto, both suffered opening round defeats. Lucic-Baroni was beaten by Magdalena Rybarikova in straight sets, whilst Carla Suarez Navarro succumbed to Petra Kvitova in straight sets.

Suarez Navarro has a perfect 2-0 record over Lucic-Baroni. Both matches went to three sets, most recently Suarez Navarro won 5-7 6-3 6-4 in Brisbane in 2015. I suspect Suarez Navarro will maintain her winning ways over Lucic-Baroni when they do battle in Cincinnati on Monday. Suarez Navarro’s base level is much higher at the moment, Lucic-Baroni is very much a confidence players and right now her confidence is shot.


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Prediction: Carla Suarez Navarro to defeat Mirjana Lucic-Baroni in 2 sets

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