Mihaela Buzarnescu vs Elena Rybakina Tennis Prediction
Mihaela Buzarnescu started her first Internationaux De Strasbourg main draw campaign by playing the longest match of her season against Poland’s Magda Linette, winning it 4-6 7-6 6-3 in two hours and 49 minutes, from a set and break down.
It was Buzarnescu’s first win since the runner-up finish at Prague Open (l. Kvitova) earlier this month, as her last two tournaments ended with first-round losses, at Madrid (l. Sharapova) and Rome (l. Zhang).
This time last year, the Romanian was ranked just inside the top 400 and was yet to win a tour-level main draw match. However, after two career finals and winning several ITFs, she will make her French Open main draw debut next week as a seed no less.
Elena Rybakina races past Venezuela’s Andrea Gamiz, 6-3 6-1, in 59 minutes as she makes her third WTA main draw appearance, first outside Russia. Serving at 72%, the teenager aced seven times and went 5/5 on the breakpoint opportunities she created.
Rybakina made her tour-level debut in October 2017, when she qualified to the main draw of Kremlin Cup (l. Begu). She started the 2018 season with a quarterfinal run at St. Petersburg (as a qualifier), by defeating a top 10 player, Caroline Garcia (4-6 7-6 7-6).
This will be the pair’s first meeting. The world #32 is considered the favorite to defeat the youngster. However, the Russian has nothing to lose this week since she is playing the main draw matches as a lucky loser (l. Kanepi in qualifying) and every win she can get is a bonus.
Tennis Prediction: Mihaela Buzarnescu 2-0 SET