??☀️ Palermo Ladies Open – R2 Preview + Prediction
?? (6) Donna Vekic vs. (wc) ?? Elisabetta Cocciaretto
The 6th seeded Donna Vekic continues her Palermo Ladies Open campaign on Wednesday with a second round clash against local wild card Elisabetta Cocciaretto.
Vekic made a commanding start to the tournament with a dominant 6-1 6-2 victory over Arantxa Rus in just 77 minutes. Vekic was strong behind her first serve where she won 77% of points and generally had too much firepower for her opponent. Vekic won 80% of points behind her opponents second serve.
Elisabetta Cocciaretto claimed her first WTA MD victory by defeating Polona Hercog 7/6 6/3 in just under 2 hours in the opening round in Palermo. The 19-year-old showed great fighting spirit to twice come from a break down in the opening set and again come from a break down in the second set.
This will be the first career meeting between the pair.
On paper this looks like an easy victory for Vekic given her vastly greater experience and far superior ranking. However, Cocciaretto enters this match with nothing to lose and is better suited to the clay court surface. Cocciaretto is a player on the rise but I’ll give Vekic the benefit of the doubt here, the Croatian knows how to get the job done.