Paolini vs Van Uytvanck Tennis Prediction
In case, if Mertens loses to Errani in the third rubber, Van Uytvanck will be a big favorite to finish the job. The 2001 champion Belgium are looking to maintain their spot in the World Group, which they earned last year, the first time since 2012.
Alison Van Uytvanck News
Alison Van Uytvanck gave Belgium a 2-0 lead by defeating Sara Errani in an excruciating marathon match, lasting two hours and 43 minutes. She could have shortened the rubber by 40 minutes if she had taken the match point in the second set tiebreaker.
This was Van Uytvanck’s 12th singles Fed Cup singles victory in her last 13 matches. Although, only one of those wins came at the World Group stage (def. Parmentier this February) and the rest were mostly in Europe/Africa Zonal ties.
Van Uytvanck played a couple of matches on clay before arriving at Genoa to play the Fed Cup. At Lugano last week, she secured a straight-forward win over Dodin, before getting thrashed by an Italian, Camila Giorgi.
Jasmine Paolini News
Jasmine Paolini, the 22-year-old Italian, was playing her career’s first Fed Cup singles match against Elise Mertens. Despite the straight-set defeat, Paolini will take some positives out of the experience as she broke Mertens’ serve three times.
Prior to this, Paolini had played three doubles rubbers, all of them being irrelevant dead ones. It is a mammoth task for an inexperienced Paolini to defeat a top 50 player (0-3), especially in a high-pressure environment like the Fed Cup.
Tennis Prediction: Van Uytvanck to win