The WTA Livesport Prague Open nevertheless has an impressive lineup of competitors despite the absence of home favorites Petra Kvitova and Karolina Muchova, featuring reigning champion Barbora Krejcikova and top seed Anett Kontaveit. The first set of matches is in the singles, but most attention will be focused on the doubles as three-time Slam champion and Olympic silver medalist Andrea Sestini Hlavackova bids farewell to the sport by competing in her final match with longtime partner Lucie Hradecka. Every match will be reviewed and predicted by LWOT as usual, including others in a separate piece. Who do you anticipate winning?
Day 1 WTA Prague Predictions
Dalila Jakupovic versus Alison Van Uytvanck
Head-to-head: initial encounter
Prior to June, Van Uytvanck struggled. On grass, his season came alive. Going 12-3 in that month, the Belgian won the WTA 125 in Gaiba and the ITF 100 in Surbiton. Being so close to surpassing her career-high rating of 37, Van Uytvanck’s season finale will undoubtedly be exciting to follow. Despite having a 34-19 record this year, Jakupovic is one of the simpler opponents to see in a draw on the main circuit at this point in her career. Although the Slovene defeated Yuan Yue and Lina Glushko in straight sets in her qualification matches, Van Uytvanck ought to prevail.
Lin Zhu versus Vitalia Diatchenko
Diatchenko and Zhu are tied 1–1 in their head-to-head matchup.
Diatchenko chose to play some ITF 25s in Portugal despite being ranked just outside the Top 100, but his performances were generally dismal and he only made one final. The 31-year-old fell last week in the ITF 60 quarterfinals in Nur-Sultan. Despite her rating, Zhu has also spent the majority of the season competing on the ITF circuit, however she has had a little bit more success with an ITF 60 and ITF 25 title. Their prior encounters were intriguing, with Zhu winning 6-4 in the third during Hobart qualification in 2015 and Diatchenko losing just one game during their most recent encounter at Taipei 2018 respectively. On the basis of his present form, Zhu should be the favorite.
Chloe Paquet vs. Tereza Martincova
Martincova defeats Paquet 1-0 in their matchup.
Martincova, the defending finalist, has had a difficult season since making the full switch to the top tour. With a run to the semifinals in Nottingham, the Czech Republic’s grass season got off to a promising start. Martincova has lost her last four matches and hasn’t won since. Despite Paquet’s lack of success this season on hard courts, she will have a good chance to end that streak against her. Martincova triumphed in straight sets in their prior encounter at Tashkent 2019 as well. Powered by the home crowd, I predict the 27-year-old will triumph once more.