??☀️ Palermo Ladies Open – R1 Preview + Prediction
?? Laura Siegemund vs. ?? Irina-Camelia Begu
Laura Siegemund and Irina-Camelia Begu renew hostilities when they go head-to-head for the fourth time in their careers, this time at the opening round stage of the Palermo Ladies Open.
Siegemund holds a 2-1 head-to-head record over Begu, the German has won the last 2 matches between the pair, including a 7/5 6/2 victory on clay in Bucharest last year in their most recent clash.
Siegemund and Begu were both active at exhibition events during the official tour shutdown, especially Siegemund. Begu made the final at a national competition in Romania whilst Siegemund won several national competitions in Germany, at one stage the experienced German was on a 12-match winning streak, all matches for both players were played on clay.
I am going to side with Siegemund here. Form and the head-to-head record favour the German. Both like to play on clay, Siegemund’s greater versatility and stamina make this a good match-up for the German on this surface. Siegemund has played a heap of tennis over the last few months so should be ready for battle unlike most other players heading into this tournament.